What’s different about geopolymer concrete is that it uses no Portland cement at all, and therefore the “cement” or binding element of the concrete is almost carbon-neutral.
Tomorrow’s retail districts will feature a host of interactive technologies, all designed to make the shopping experience more personalized and more compelling.
A research shows that creativity flourishes when workers move outside their comfort zone, broaden their knowledge and do something they’ve never done before.
Education is booming, the results of a growing global population with a keen thirst for knowledge. But how can today’s schools and universities prepare students for a world that doesn’t yet exist?
Immersive environments, with high-resolution 3D vision and haptics technology to simulate touch are starting to be used in education.
New-generation timber-framed buildings have properties that make them ideal for surviving earthquakes.
Timber could be an alternative to concrete when building high. Being lighter than concrete, it also speeds up the construction time.
Smart Dynamic Casting could be faster than 3D-printing concrete, with the creation of columns at a rate of 1m/hour.
One World Trade Center (2013), 432 Park (2015) and 56 Leonard (2016) were all made of high-strength concrete.
Completely new materials may not come along very often, but scientists are remixing old ones — and it’s changing the shape of our cities.
Innovative Architecture: five projects designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, including the first building to be measured in kilometers, are examples of architectural creativity.
“We’re problem-solvers who happen to be architects. Sometimes the solution is not just a building”
The Waterloo University uses virtual reality environments to test the impact of city densification on the mood.
Vertical urbanism could be a solution to increasing densification in Hong Kong, where much of the inhabitant’s life will be lived well above ground.
By 2050, the urban population will almost double to 6.3 billion. Cities are gaining 77 million new residents each year, equivalent to the population of Germany.
As construction becomes increasingly global, a coalition of New York-based designers and educators has formed to ask one urgent question: Who Builds Your Architecture?
In their rush to centralize populations in ever greater cities, governments and policymakers are in danger of ignoring one of the biggest threats to the built environment — and to human life, writes Alex Copley.
In his award-winning essay for New Philosopher magazine, WSP’s Mark Bessoudo explains why engineers should read more philosophy.
The new economy will flock to areas of high “urban capacity”. Teemu Jama and Tuija Pakkanen explain what it is and how to calculate it.
We are all taught to believe in the power of collaboration, but what really drives the relationships that create our built environment?
Neil Cadenhead from the healthcare team at BDP, considers comfort, mythology and hospital design in a post-antibiotic world.
We need to start looking at the world through the eyes of digital natives, writes Steve Burrows — they’re the ones who will be solving the problems we’ve created.
How do we recycle a building or materials in a way that we could really benefit from? Three WSP engineers responds to this question with no constraints.
Keith Brewis from Grimshaw Architects explains why Hong Kong is the smartest place he knows. But does bureaucracy hold smart cities back?
Jonathan Ledgard leads a team of roboticists, architects and logisticians seeking to build the world’s first droneport in Africa. By 2030, he predicts, there will be one in every town in the tropical world.
The internet has transformed the world of retail. But commercial centres still have a vital role to play as we move towards an “Experience economy”.
From Montreal’s Habitat 67 to Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, modular architecture has taken different shapes in all parts of the world.
Laing O’Rourke and WSP have designed and built a Liverpool children’s hospital out of 15,000 pre-assembled elements.
Central to the modular debate is the issue of how mass-produced elements can be made to work with creative architecture. One area that might offer a solution is 3D printing.
Trobe Tower in Melbourne was constructed almost twice as fast thanks to Hickory’s system, which uses hot-rolled steel box frames incorporating an engineered concrete floor.
There are a lot of fears around modular construction – from aesthetics to cost. But there are solutions to those issues.
In structural engineering, thinking diagonally and moving away from orthogonal arrangements to something less regular often provides an answer.