Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.

Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity fish construction dams rivers freshwater-biology roads eels

Making the most of a tree epidemic

With trees infested by the emerald ash borer deemed essentially worthless, a team of designers wanted to see if the decaying wood could be repurposed as a building material.

Leslie Lok, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Cornell University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  architecture  carbon  construction  trees  design  ash

Discerning the texture of urban resilience

MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers are investigating how the layouts, or textures, of cities influence extreme weather events.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
March 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: cities sustainability climate-change architecture construction hurricanes natural-disasters research school-of-engineering urban-studies-and-planning civil-and-environmental-engineering concrete-sustainability-hub

Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering and Materials Science, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  biology  synthetic-biology  construction  infrastructure  carbon-dioxide-co2  polymers  minerals  built-environment  material-science  buildings  cyanobacteria

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Feb. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  sustainability  architecture  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  construction  department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  l-mahadevan  termite-mounds  termites

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Feb. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  sustainability  architecture  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  construction  department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  l-mahadevan  termite-mounds  termites

New approach calculates benefits of building hazard-resistant structures | MIT News

Calculation developed by MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub shows that when building in areas prone to natural disasters, it pays to make informed decisions.

Anne Wilson Yu | MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Dec. 21, 2016 ~4 min

Tags:  architecture  construction  research  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  materials-science-and-engineering  concrete

Taking the life-cycle perspective: Report addresses critical issues in building practices | MIT News

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Oct. 28, 2016 ~4 min

Tags:  architecture  construction  research  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  materials-science-and-engineering  concrete

Finding a new formula for concrete | MIT News

Researchers look to bones and shells as blueprints for stronger, more durable concrete.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 25, 2016 ~8 min

Tags:  sustainability  energy  environment  construction  materials-science  research  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  nanoscience-and-nanotechnology  materials-science-and-engineering  bioinspiration  cement  composite-materials

Designing a better built environment | MIT News

Oral Buyukozturk develops innovative designs and technologies for durable, sustainable physical infrastructure projects.

Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program • mit
April 25, 2016 ~8 min

Tags:  sustainability  industry  construction  profile  research  design  school-of-engineering  faculty  civil-and-environmental-engineering  concrete  structural-engineering

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