Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kyoto Hemp Forum - Architecture

Hemp in architecture is returning. The design opportunities it offers are enormous, taking us beyond the boxes of agricultural and industrial age structures. Imagine, energy efficient buildings built to withstand our modern storms, floods, reduce indoor radiation and fire retardant.

Hempcrete, which is a blend of hemp and lime is a carbon negative construction material. Hemp adobe, woods, papers, inks and textiles bring an easily renewable element to design. Restoring hemp to architecture is vital. Large populations, especially coastal areas, are or will be forced to move inland as the sea levels rise.  Called ‘climate change refugees’ they need quick access to shelter.  Structures can be designed to be expanded, repurposed as needed with the dynamic of 3D printing. Structures include our infrastructure too.

Many large populations must reduce nuclear radiation like New York City which is down river from the Indian Point nuclear plant or Westlake Landfill housing Manhattan Project nuclear waste, or 16,000 cracks in a Belgium nuclear plant, etc. Simple things like turning off and 3d printing nuclear sarcophagus can do a lot to lower our radiation levels.

This playlist below has more on hemp building materials that are being used in modern construction.

Hemp building materials are already expanding the definition of architecture.  Combined with 3D printing we can easily build structures that have rounded / dome corners that the wind goes around, not lifts up or blows away in the event of a hurricane or tornado.  We can add a layer of strong waterproofing material to prevent flood damage.  NASA has research into magnetic nuclear radiation shielding that may be incorporated into modern architecture reducing indoor radiation. 

Please post your thoughts, videos and photos in the comments sections. As we build and implement the Action Plan for implementing the hemp solution and other smart actions, we're sharing ideas. Thanks.

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