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New Nanotechnology for Architecture: Liquid Repelling Coating

A new nanotechnology application has emerged where a special hydrophobic and oleophobic coating can be applied to almost any surface — and then that surface repels liquids like water and oil while also preventing rust, dirt, ice or grease from affecting the material’s surface. As you can imagine, nanotechnology applications emerge where within buildings such a coating can be applied to flooring, stairs, and rails to prevent slipping.

Other uses emerge for this coating as...

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Uses of Nanotechnology for Architectural Design-The Graphene Skin

Significant uses of nanotechnology are surfacing, and it is making waves in various fields as it promises newfound opportunities — and our field of architectural design and the construction of built environments is no exception. Already there are key developments underway which highlight some of the solutions and applications which nanotechnology will work toward, as it impacts people, their surroundings and the objects within those surroundings which they use.

Of course,...

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How Pressure Sensitive Electric Skin Can Bring Value to Buildings

Within architectural design, the notion of “building surface” and “building skin” are increasing in importance and are, thus, becoming elements which you as an architect can leverage to bring greater sensitivity to your built environments.

In fact, research is underway to develop new electric skins that are so pressure sensitive to touch that they are actually rivaling, and surpassing, human skin’s sensitivity to touch. And by using such...

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Inspiration from a “Convergent Assembly” Nano Building System

Why does inspiration strike when thinking about building design in terms of a convergent assembly of elements? Well, here is an explanation about just what a “convergent assembly” means for manufacturing at the molecular level.

Today's manufacturing methods are very crude at the molecular level. […] One robotic arm assembling molecular parts is going to take a long time to assemble anything large — so we need lots of robotic arms: this is what we mean by massive...
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Nanomaterials Bring New Sensations to Add to Your Design Palette

What if you could bring entirely new sensations within the spaces that you build, to better meet the needs of both your client and building occupants? Just imagine a museum with white light that seems whiter than white that also seems to be emitting from nowhere. Or, what about hearing changes in temperature?

Well, both of these examples are becoming a reality due to progress involving nanomaterials. (You can read about how the two previous examples work in the article published ...

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How Nano Motion Sensors Can Improve Your Building Design

Motion sensors are already all around us, they exist in certain appliances, mobile phones and even within your car — but what if nanotechnology and the miniaturization of these sensors down to the nano scale could have profound impact on the buildings in which we live?

With nanotechnology, development is in the works to make sensors 100 times more sensitive than sensors we have today. Here is a quote explaining this remarkable feat:

“Able to “feel” and sense the...
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Nanotechnology: A Science Impacting Architectural Design

We live in an age where scientific progress continues to transform human lifestyle. This is evermore true when it comes to the progress being made in the field of nanotechnology. This science stands to change and advance the practice of design in a multitude of ways – where architecturalprogress is being made at the molecular level.

The paper NanoBioBuilding: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and the Future of Building by Dr. George Elvin states that...

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Nanotechnology and New Materials for Architecture

NANOTECHNOLOGY IS HERE…

Nanotechnology will have profound effects on the way we live. Already, developments are underway for newfound uses. For the architecture profession, nanotechnology will greatly impact construction materials and their properties. Materials will behave in many different ways as we are able to more precisely control their properties at the nano-scale.

WHY CARBON NANOTUBES?

Carbon nanotubes are a great example of how useful materials are being developed. This...

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