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Bamboo could help developing cities urbanize

Bamboo could help developing cities urbanize | Complex Systems and X-Events |

What if there were a local, renewable material that could be used instead of steel in reinforced-concrete buildings? And what if that substitute could be manufactured easily? These questions have motivated Dirk Hebel, an assistant professor of architecture and construction at the Future Cities Laboratory, in Singapore, to investigate a bamboo fiber composite as a possible substitute for steel reinforcement in concrete. The Future Cities Laboratory is a research arm of ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich, in Switzerland, and is the first program under the newly formed Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability, which conducts multidisciplinary research to foster urbanization that conforms to the principles of sustainable development.

Via PIRatE Lab, SustainOurEarth
PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 10, 2014 1:41 PM

There are many "ifs" here, but this is an intriguing approach that may avoid the pitfalls of previous attempts at using bamboo for such a strengthening role in buildings.  I suspect that this won't work, and am always worried when press releases go out before a project has even preliminary results, but I very much like the innovative and new idea-type approach these folks are taking here.

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Urban #Observatory Compare Cities

Urban #Observatory Compare Cities | Complex Systems and X-Events |

The focus of the Urban Observatory is on the people who live in cities, the work they do there, the movement made possible through transportation networks, the public facilities needed to run the city, and the natural systems which are impacted by the city's footprint. If you are a city with mappable data in any of these categories, we urge you to contribute maps to the project.

Via bart rosseau, luiy, @backbook, NESS
bart rosseau's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:14 AM

great concept, great layout and design. Curious to see if this will last!

luiy's comment, March 1, 2014 11:36 AM
I can see the interesting application in the are of #eDemocracy