Structural Digest

Looking At The Structures That Define Us

LEED-ing the Way To a Better Future

In the past few decades, the terms ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainable’ have emerged as buzz words used to market new products and ideas. Their grasp has not evaded the building … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cardboard: An Alternative Construction Material

Cardboard, first invented in 1817, is generally used as a packaging material (A History of Packaging). In 2001, the Department of Trade and Industry (based out of the UK) began … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Toronto’s Union Station Revitalization

During the 19th century, rail companies used separate stations located throughout the City of Toronto. However in April 1904, a great fire destroyed much of the existing infrastructure. The rail … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Revolution in Bridge Repair

Today’s infrastructure is in disrepair, particularly our bridges. The issue, discussed in my previous post entitled The Age of Disrepair, has become a hot topic for discussion. As a result, research is … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Electrified Concrete: Creating Smart Cities

The concept of electrified concrete is not new. In 1980, W. Hymer wrote a research paper outlining the advantages of allowing current to flow through concrete. These included: protecting against … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Out With The Old and In With The New

Precisely placed explosives have traditionally been used in the demolition of old buildings. Over the years, the process has been refined, and buildings are now demolished with minimal disturbances to adjacent … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Modular Structures: A Lesson from LEGO

With the recent advent of modular construction, a number of new and interesting projects are popping up all around the world. Gluck+, an architectural firm based out of New York … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 2 Comments