Research and Design Is Changing the Shape of the Material World

Research and Design Is Changing the Shape of the Material World

An explosion of new materials, confusing and intriguing, lands on the designer’s palette

The construction industry prides itself in innovation, yet inventors like Li cite major problems in bringing new building materials and systems to market. Building codes that do not yet address new technology and risk-averse owners are partly to blame. “My theory on this [is that] the building industry lacks very much vertical integration,” says Bob Simmons, an inventor in Hayward, Calif…

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