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New material excels at removing copper from water

Researchers have developed a new material that shows great promise as a means of removing copper — which is linked to disease and organ failure — from contaminated water sources.

ASCE headquarters debuts a more sustainable parking lot

ASCE walks the walk by building a more sustainable parking lot.

Slideshow: ASCE project demonstrates green stormwater management techniques

ASCE completed a sustainable, low-impact development project at its Reston, Virginia, headquarters in December 2020. The project also demonstrates best management practices in stormwater control.

Smart windows utilize liquid solution to improve buildings’ energy efficiency

A water-based approach to designing windows promises impressive energy efficiencies in operations of buildings.

Exploring the properties of sea sand in sea sand–seawater concrete

With limited availability of freshwater globally, materials engineers have explored using sea sand and seawater in concrete production.

Slideshow: Presidential library design references ancient, contemporary African history

The sustainable design also includes photovoltaics, geothermal storage, and locally sourced materials — including the compressed earth to be used for the library’s facade.

Slideshow: Nature inspires ‘Mitosis,’ a modular building system

An Amsterdam-based design firm has reconceptualized its design thinking, creating a modular building system that emphasizes nature and puts human health first. Find out how.

Flexible ‘cloaking’ material developed

A team of researchers led by Guoliang Huang, Ph.D., has designed a flexible “cloaking” material that has the potential to help buildings withstand vibrations, such as those created by seismic waves. The newly developed material is a multilayered, elastic lattice that can be stretched and formed to any surface and applied as a wrap, according to Huang, the James C. Dowell Professor in the University...

‘Leftover’ site hosts mass timber

A SMALL, IRREGULARLY SHAPED, and sloping site in Portland, Oregon, that was considered practically worthless now hosts a five-story mixed-use building constructed through an innovative use of mass timber elements. Originally known as B76, according to the city’s designation of lots, the new building has been named Sideyard and is expected to eventually house offices along with retail and restaurant spaces. Although structurally complete,...

Carbon composites make their way from the lab to the field

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are pioneering a family of lightweight CFRP composite products.