Using the past to shape future construction: Slabs that rock, tilt and roll

Using some clever physics, designers figured out how humans could move 1,000-pound concrete slabs on their own. Today, construction workers rely on cranes to lift the big slabs of concrete and other materials that go into many commercial building projects. But it hasn’t always been that way; for thousands of years, humans moved monumental stones by hand. A collaboration between Boston-based Matter Design and the building materials company Cemex Global attempts to return to those ancient methods–while introducing an entirely new way to move heavy concrete slabs with nothing more than human hands.Read Full Story

Using the past to shape future construction: Slabs that rock, tilt and roll

If you are interested in hearing out novel concepts about the future of construction, a must-see video is "Walking Assembly." Dependencies on the sizes of materials vis a vis the human body ...

Fri 19 Apr 19 from TechXplore

These 25-ton stones can be moved by hand thanks to science

Researchers from design lab Matter Design in collaboration with construction specialist CEMEX have developed giant concrete structures that can be maneuvered by hand. Their work, inspired by ...

Wed 17 Apr 19 from Techspot

Researchers Made 25-Ton Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient Engineering

How were giant ancient structures like Stonehenge, or the towering Moai heads on Easter Island, assembled at a time when cranes and trucks were still hundreds of years away? Researchers at MIT ...

Wed 17 Apr 19 from Gizmodo

This MIT team is reinventing building by looking at the ancient world

Using some clever physics, designers figured out how humans could move 1,000-pound concrete slabs on their own. Today, construction workers rely on cranes to lift the big slabs of concrete ...

Fri 19 Apr 19 from Fastcompany Tech

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