By: Tharanketha Kirupaneshan   Imagine a house that could fit in a suitcase or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch. A new material has been developed that could potentially make shape-shifting buildings a reality. This object’s configuration is inspired by an origami technique known as ‘snapology’, in which … Continue reading

Learning from Termites

We often think that termites destroy buildings and not help construct them, however, the Eastgate Building located in Harare, Zimbabwe is able to cool itself without a source of energy. The Eastgate Building, designed by Mick Pearce modeled the building after the self-cooling termite mounds of Macrotermes michaelseni that are able to maintain temperatures within … Continue reading