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

What is your view on the coronavirus?

Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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