Sustainable Architectural Designs

by Letters 4 the Damned

Self-Repairing Architecture

Architect Rachel Armstrong proposes a new approach to building: incorporating metabolic materials in architecture. Armstrong works with other scientists to create these materials, which include protocells in their makeup. This “bottom up” approach and use of materials can extract carbon dioxide from the air, grow and even repair themselves. Armstrong proposed the example of using protocell technology to grow a limestone coral reef underneath the sinking city of Venice, Italy.

“The benefits are that you don’t have to spend a lot of time, money and energy trying to work against nature or natural forces.” Armstrong notes that we spend approximately two- three percent of the original costs of a building per year on maintenance and repair. She further explains that by creating self-repairing architecture, maintenance costs can be decreased.

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