Fighting pollution with intelligence

18th January 2018
Optimization, automation and adaptation; engineers are redoubling their use of creative solutions to better protect the environment from the effects of construction. The 15th paper edition of Technologist sketches out the future of architecture.

Construction has a catastrophic impact on the environment. Fabrication of the most commonly-used material, concrete, requires lots of sand dredged from the seas, putting beaches and islands at risk. Additionally, the sector produces significant amounts of carbon dioxide. Technologist looks at some of the latest, more sustainable technologies looking to replace energy-hungry concrete. Diverse materials like clay, wood or hemp offer engineers promising alternatives. Buildings that already exist are also getting an energy-efficient makeover, whether it relates to lighting, air conditioning or heat. Climate change adaptation means urban planners are completely rethinking cities, multiplying green spaces or better circulating air between buildings, or even surfing on the rising seas with floating houses.

This fifteenth edition of Technologist also seeks to explain the complicated and little-known topic of photonics. The issue is relevant to all because this technology will soon replace electronics in chips and computers. Thanks to its speediness, it will boost the development of burgeoning technologies like the internet of things.

Technologist is available for purchase in newsstands in more than 20 countries. French and German versions are for sale in Switzerland. They’re also distributed internationally, along with an English version.