Buildings

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

Biology is capable of extraordinary feats of engineering, and the next frontier in building technology might be to make buildings part of nature. Here are five ways buildings of the future might become living, breathing things. 1. Buildings that grow From the crushed shells of limestone to the timber of dead trees, we already use nature’s materials for building. Yet this pallet of materials could ... »

A short history of tall buildings

A short history of tall buildings

From the legendary Tower of Babel to the iconic Burj Khalifa, humans have always aspired to build to ever greater heights. Over the centuries, we have constructed towering edifices to celebrate our culture, promote our cities – or simply to show off. Historically, tall structures were the preserve of great rulers, religions and empires. For instance, the Great Pyramid of Giza – built to house the ... »

Glass skyscrapers: An environmental boon to the built environment

Glass skyscrapers: An environmental boon to the built environment

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that skyscrapers made of glass and steel “have no place in our city or our Earth anymore”. He argued that their energy inefficient design contributes to global warming and insisted that his administration would restrict glassy high-rise developments in the city. Glass has always been an unlikely material for large buildings, because of how difficult it be... »