In the future, glue could replace the need for screws, rivets and bolts in massive skyscrapers. At least, according to architect Greg Lynn, of Greg Lynn FORM. Materials such as carbon fiber, and fiberglass are lighter, more durable, and cost less than building materials used in construction today. These structural plastics could be glued together in the future for more efficient buildings.
In an interview with New Scientist Lynn says, "If you can take 30 per cent of the weight out of the upper section of a building by using lightweight composite materials, you could end up saving between 70 and 80 per cent of the material in the entire structure."
Some buildings that have already taken advantage of composite materials on a large scale are the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (utilized modular exterior panels), Apple Campus 2 in Cumpertino, Calif. (claims to have the world's largest freestanding carbon-fibre roof), and a Medina rail station in Saudi Arabia (created movable, lightweight carbon fiber domes that provide shade in mosques).
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