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Marc Fornes uses curves to create strength with new Under Magnitude sculpture Marc Fornes and his architecture studio TheVeryMany have created a new sculpture for the atrium of the Orange County Convention Centre in Florida. The sculpture, Under Magnitude, is both familiar and abstract, and was influenced by clouds, coral and other sea-life. It is made from 4,672 ultra-thin pieces of perforated aluminium, curved by hand and riveted together to create its unique shape. Each stripe is less than one millimetre thick, but is strong enough to be walked on.

Aluminium, when fastened to neighbouring pieces, assumes a curved shape and a high amount of structural strength Marc Fornes, TheVeryMany

It was created using ‘structural stripes’, a unique method invented by Fornes that uses curves to create strength. Fornes said: “The material of Under Magnitude is aluminium, which is cut from flat sheets, but when

The installation is made from ultra-thin aluminium pieces

fastened to neighbouring pieces assumes a curved shape and a high amount of structural strength.” Fornes was inspired by a soap bubble experiment by German engineer and architect Frei Otto, which found that bubbles blown up to the size of a room are more structurally viable than boxes. CLAD-KIT KEYWORD


Princeton researchers find marble preservative in human bones Researchers have developed a low-cost

of hydroxyapatite for a number of

treatment to preserve marble.

years as it has valuable properties like being non-toxic and fast-acting. It’s

The research, led by George Scherer and Enrico Sassoni at Princeton University,

able to penetrate deep inside marble

found that hydroxyapatite, a calcium

cracks and react in just 24 hours. Scherer, professor of civil engineering

compound found in bones and teeth, could preserve marble from the effects

at Princeton, said that the hydroxyapatite

of time and environmental exposure.

treatment acts as a glue. “You want to put something into those boundaries

The treatment consists of calcite and a saltwater solution that reacts with

to strengthen and hold it together, and

marble to create the hydroxyapatite.

that’s what the treatment does well.”

When applied, the solution is absorbed into the marble and binds cracks in the surface, making the marble stronger and more resistant to environmental elements that cause deterioration. Scherer’s laboratory has been researching the preservative potential

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You can put hydroxyapatite into those boundaries to strengthen and hold it together George Scherer, Princeton University

Additional testing to see whether the compound is strengthened with the application of electrical currents and alcohol is currently being carried out. CLAD-KIT KEYWORD