New three-dimensional weaving technologies could revolutionise architecture and lead to lighter, more flexible buildings according to Dutch designer Hella Jongerius . Computerised looms that can produce 3D fabrics could lead to a new type of "pliable architecture", the designer said. "Textile is the lightest and strongest construct that you can have," she said. "So with this, we could replace concrete and cement in the building industry." Jongerius has previously created a series of 3D-woven bricks 3D weaving is in its infancy but it has already been used to create medical implants from polyester and to form aircraft bodies from carbon fibres . But the technology could be scaled up to create buildings, the designer argued. Jongerius made the comments during a live Dezeen talk to mark the opening of her Woven Cosmos exhibition at Berlin’s Gropius Bau . In the talk, broadcast live from the museum, the designer shared an early preview of the show and discussed how she has used high-tech weaving applications. They were woven using a multiaxial loom 3D weaving in particular, she argued, could be used to interlace building materials with photovoltaic solar yarns and create architecture that responds to the weather. The technology, also […]

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