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The number of buildings, condominiums, shopping malls etc. are steadily increasing as major cities move forward in their efforts to improve the quality and standards of infrastructure and living conditions. At the same time, we are faced with rapid innovation and modern technology that are constantly pushing the boundaries of convention and leading us to a bright future full of endless possibilities. With such prospects for the future, we can only imagine how we would be able to develop and change the appearance of infrastructure and shape construction in the future. One such example is Pertamina1 – Indonesia’s state-owned energy company, which architects deem the building to be the world’s first superstructure in which the primary design driver is energy. This 1740ft tall, 99-story skyscraper will have the ability to generate as much energy as it uses, have zero waste discharge and feature reduced water demand. Furthermore, as it is built close to the Equator2, it experiences the quickest sunrises and sunsets due to the sun rising and setting almost vertically throughout the year. To take advantage of that, exterior sunshades block solar gain while allowing natural sunlight through to illuminate the interior.  In addition, solar panels are used to capture the sun’s energy and a wind funnel is created at the tapered top of the structure to harness higher winds aloft. Furthermore, as we move towards building greener and more intelligent infrastructure, even building materials are taking cue from current scientific technologies3. Reported by BBC News4, microbiologist Henk Jonkers and Eric Schlangen developed a self-healing concrete that when activated by water, its nutrients would feed on calcium lactate to produce lactate – a primary component of limestone. If all goes well, this could eliminate concrete cracks and expensive concrete maintenance. Certainly noteworthy and commendable sustainable projects for the future, it does makes one wonder what else is there installed for the construction industry? The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering took it to the next level with termite-inspired bots that are able to perform construction tasks. Yes. Construction workers of the future could very well be robots. Currently, TERMES, the team of small robots can build 3D structures from foam bricks with no supervision and even without predetermined roles. This would prove useful for construction projects that are deemed too risky for humans. We have much to be hopeful for the future of construction development and certainly, with all the inspiring innovation in place, we can look forward to amazing development for the betterment for our future generation.   Source:

  1. http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/04/pertamina-builds-net-zero-skyscraper-jakarta-hq/
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equator
  3. http://www.constructionglobal.com/equipmentit/219/Future-Construction-Technologies-and-Techniques
  4. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-20121303