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Aggregate Structure

Reusable aggregates requiring no binding agent

Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project examines aggregate architectures made from designed injection-molded granulates which self-solidify.

This pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method uses the potential of loose, designed granulates that can interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent; fully recyclable and adaptable to almost any site constraints. 

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An emerging area of architectural design research
 
An especially promising method of how to join individual parts to form large aggregate structures
 
 
Acknowledgement prize for materials projects from Germany
 
“A focus on multi-disciplinary research at the forefront of architecture, engineering, and materials science” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 Europe - Aggregate Structure
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Project Details
Location
Stuttgart, Germany
Authors
Karola Dierichs
MAIN AUTHOR
Karola Dierichs
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Germany
Achim Menges
MAIN AUTHOR
Achim Menges
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Germany
Prizes
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Acknowledgement prize 2014
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