Living concrete

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One more step towards the sustainable city has been laid out with a new formula of concrete developed by a group of scientists at the University Politècnica de Catalunya / BarcelonaTech (UPC). The pH-Level of the formula now allows different plants like moss or lichen to grow on the material offering major advantages such as insulation or air improvement. (Information derived from Science Daily)

Thus, we may try to remodel our utopian ideas of the future city or at least add a new notion to it. Dystopian images of dark, film-noir cities such as Blade Runner or bright and impersonal glass megalopolis structures have to make space for a green and diverse urban jungle of species and biodiversity where nature and urban structures can no longer be seperated.  Hence, the garden city might experience a new layer to its philosophy with “regular” buildings or suburbs turned into biosphere…

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