3D-woven bricks, designed by Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius. Textile could replace concrete and cement in the building industry, says Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius. The 3D weaving technology could create temporary additions to buildings to respond to weather changes, such as balconies or louvres. The experimental loom is a vehicle to explore the wider application of weaving but also the sustainability of the textile industry. 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." 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. 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. As part of […]

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