Seismic-reinforced concrete

January 1, 2018

What material could help buildings stand up to earthquakes? Fiber, of course. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed concrete reinforced with fiber that can withstand earthquake simulation tests. The material, called eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite (EDCC), is engineered at the molecular level to be strong yet malleable. When applied as a thin …

Traft: it’s a tent, it’s a raft

Outdoor adventurers appreciate keeping things light by traveling only with necessary equipment. Gear that does double duty is particularly useful. That’s where Traft™ comes in. It’s a tent—and it’s a raft. Take it whitewater rafting, then set it up (on land) for a good night’s sleep. Traft is the brainchild of adventurer Evan Glassman, founder …

Flame-resistant stretch

Mount Vernon FR’s flame resistant (FR) FlexTex fabrics are engineered with stretch for increased comfort and mobility. The collection now includes six denim and four piece-dyed FR fabrics that include many characteristics of traditional nonstretch denim. FlexTex fabrics are made using an elastomeric fiber that adds mobility to fabric, so workers experience increased range of …

Inspiration-driven marine fabrication, and sheltering San Francisco’s homeless

Having a really good life is not financially driven. It’s inspiration driven,” says Liz Diaz, MFC, owner of North Beach Marine Canvas in San Francisco, Calif. “Working on and around the water is a singularly lovely employment. I am inspired all the time by my location, by the San Francisco Design Center, by my tools …