Christian Long

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture That Repairs Itself?

In TED Talks on May 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

Reflection by SAM M.

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Rachel Armstrong:  Architecture That Repairs Itself?

This sounds like a task we will never achieve in our generation. When we think of something that repairs itself, we think of futuristic nanotechnologies and intellectual robots who do the job for us. But we don’t need that. We can kick the futuristic nanotechnologies and robots aside. The technology to repair buildings, foundations, and skyscrapers exists today. We don’t have to dream or think anymore. It’s reality.

Not only does the technology exist, the technology is already in use in one of the most architecturally intricate cities in the world — Venice. Venice is sinking and building foundations are slowly deteriorating. To combat this, Rachel Armstrong and other scientists around the world have come together to create Protocells. These Protocells realize that a building is slowly deteriorating and they release limestone to fortify the part that is ailing. Rachel hopes to use this technology on a world wide basis to stop building deterioration and structural damage that could cause disasters.

With Protocell technology, scientists and architects the world over could come together to solve structural problems. Protocell technology would be able to prevent bridges from collapsing, stop skyscrapers from toppling over, and prohibit house foundations from crumbling. The future of architechture is already here. With this technology at our disposal, we wille be able to overcome structural limitations and pave the way to a safer architechtural future.


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