Learning to Build Superman’s House

Van Mensvoort
June 30th 2010

Superman already knew it: Steered growth is the future of architecture.

The lower picture was taken at the Industrias Peñoles nano-chrystal architecture lab in Chihuahuan, Mexico where researchers are growing giant crystals. No seriously, the Cave of Crystals isn't man made. It was discovered by Industrias Peñoles miners a thousand feet (300 meters) below Naica mountain in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Supermans house: manipulating growth

The cave contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found. Researchers have been studying the structures to learn out how they could grow to these giantic proportion.

The secret recipe for cooking up such staggeringly huge, pillar-like crystals is thought be fairly simple: Start out with a warm subterranean broth. Add the right pinch of minerals at the right times for a few million years. Wait, wait, wait as your tree trunk thick gypsum crystals are growing.

We are still awaiting applications in the housing construction industry.

crystal cave

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Posted 06/10/2008 – 10:09

Seems to be a connexion of minds !

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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