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Self-healing Concrete

Researchers in Korea have developed concrete that self-heals cracks and small holes, rendering buildings much more weather-proof. Economist http://econ.st/1aFJDLq

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Inflatable Buildings

Designers in New York City are proposing inflatable buildings to be used temporarily at stalled construction sites. Fast Company http://bit.ly/9DIB4m

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Build the Skyscraper, Dig the Basement Simultaenously

Building a skyscraper while simultaneously digging its basement can save seven months of construction time. Popular Science "Best of 2009" choice. http://bit.ly/8pR0DB

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Inflatable Concrete Building

Rapidly create shelters using concrete-impregnated canvas. http://bit.ly/WOLP2v

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Build a Skyscraper from a Kit

A 30 story prefabricated building was built in China in 15 days. http://bit.ly/xtuY5j

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Environment

Make India Brick Kilns More Efficient

India produces 200 billion bricks per year - often with highly polluting kilns. Using different production techniques and making the bricks hollow would have huge positive impact. Economist http://econ.st/Nm5WMB

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Education

Create Jobs by Fixing Crumbling Schools

Construction stimulus funding should be directed at repairing our crumbling school infrastructure. Highest rated idea on Change.org "Ideas for Change". http://bit.ly/aVJ0wT

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New Building Demolition Technique: Lower Floor by Floor

A Japanese building company is demolishing old buildings by removing the bottom floor, lowering the building, and repeating. This saves building materials and cuts demolition time. Popular Science "Best of 2008" selection.http://bit.ly/6402nV

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Global Development

Low Cost, Earthquake Resistant Housing

New low cost building techniques create earthquake-resistant buildings in impoverished areas. A Changemakers.com winning idea 2005. http://bit.ly/4Se2la

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Mushroom Insulation

Mushroom materials plus corn stalks equals commercial grade insulation - which is biodegradable and uses no petrochemicals. Popular Science Innovation 2013 http://bit.ly/1haqHwv

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