High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech

Chamberlain, Lisa
July 2006
Planning;Jul2006, Vol. 72 Issue 7, p20
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the use of innovative materials in the construction of buildings in the U.S. It explains how ordinary materials such as shredded newspapers, fiberboard, Styrofoam, cardboard, or rubbers can be transformed into construction materials. It features several experiments using these materials that includes a lampshade made of corrugated cardboard, bricks made of Styrofoam or pulverized newspapers, and green roofs made from recycled rubbers. Finally, it discusses the role of city officials in the implementation of environmental laws in the construction industry.


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