Posts Tagged ‘construction’

Why aren’t we using Aerblock when we build?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Why aren’t we using building materials like Aerblock instead of wood? Habitat Forum 1976 alumni Michael Baron is involved in manufacturing this safe, lightweight, storm-proof, insulating, healthy-air concrete material that mimics ancient pumice building blocks.

Aerblocks are so light they float, and yet they withstand major natural disasters.

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10,000 yellow construction helmets lined up outside Milan Stock Exchange

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Via designboom. In a “day of anger,” unemployed construction workers hit by Italy’s recession stage brilliant protest outside Milan’s Stock Exchange. For more photos see link.


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Lyrebird imitating construction work

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Lyrebird imitating construction work, Adelaide Zoo. Sound of the city, played back.

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Most common building material in Goa is a stone called laterite

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

What appear to be red bricks below (at left in the photo, and on the wall surrounding the yellow building) are in fact quarried blocks of laterite, a porous red stone common in India and other countries. In Goa the laterite blocks are usually grouted and then cemented or plastered over and painted.

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Oldest known Neanderthal house found in Ukraine – made from woolly mammoth bones

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Why do discoveries of ancient houses make me so happy? A 44,000 year old Neanderthal bone house has been found near Moldova in Eastern Ukraine. It’s a nearly circular structure made from woolly mammoth bone, and it’s 26 feet wide at its widest point – that’s pretty substantial, the same width as the little church I live in.

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