THE CONCRETE, DE translucency to the transparency Imagine tomorrow's buildings as transparent as those that appeared in the televi sion

series The Jetsons. Imagine that you say they are concrete. Do not believe it, right? The truth is that this material is headed for transparency without lo sing their attributes as concrete. At this time there is talk of the translucenc y of the concrete, and already there who makes it. To check what has been said h ere on (see email address) OIiver Graydon, contributor to the magazin e Opto & Laser Europe, just to inform its readers the details of this issue, as he sees it close to the wonder and commercial success. Translucent concrete, in fact, already has a strong commercial drive. While the news caught on like fire and today there is talk among the builders of the potential of this type of conc rete has long been the inventor of this material had exhibited in several exhibi tions in Europe. The photos displayed on his website show a solid wall with the silhouette of trees drawn on the surface. The material is seen as strong and res ilient as the common concrete. The secret lies in the fiberglass and built to vi sualize the 'contours' outside. Ã ron Losonczi, a young Hungarian architect for 27 years, while studying at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm , began to weave the concept of concrete that literally gave birth to a new mate rial. In fact, Europe has already established a company to commercialize the ide a after numerous demonstrations in various design exhibitions, and the suggestiv ely named "LitraCon" (see above Web page address). For now, Losonczi continually improving their manufacturing processes to reduce costs. In a statement broadly defined the new material: "There are thousands of optical fibers that are group ed into a matrix, and are at each other, parallel, between the two main surfaces of every block." Losonczi confirms how the shadows from the lighter side will a ppear darker in highlighting its profile. Even the colors will continue to recei ve. This special effect can generate a sense of lightness, as the weight and den sity of the concrete wall vanishes. A NEW HORIZON The luminosity in confined spa ces left behind, and prisons, for example, will the captives other sensations le ss bleak. According to, who brought the Castilian the news: "It is hoped that this new material transforms the interior appearance of concr ete buildings, offering the possibility of receiving more light and airy rather than dark and heavy as the image offered by traditional concrete. " In theory, a wall made with this new technology (light-Transmitting concrete) could be sever al meters in thickness without reducing the capacity of optical fiber characteri stic transmit light. Losonczi adds, "also bearing structures can be built, since the optical fiber which is composed of this material well known does not affect the compressive strength of concrete. The blocks can be produced in various sizes, t aking into account that also includes properties thermal insulation. " There has been talk of concrete as a conductor of electricity, which be-viri for example for a self-cleaning highway to receive an electrical charge and there are projec ts aimed, as stated at the beginning of this note, the concrete realization of a transparent , as the work undertaken by the University of Houston. As the concr ete is basically a combination of three ingredients, fine aggregate, coarse aggr egate and mortar, the researcher Bill Price came up to make a transparent and de signed specific model of a concert hall, but intends to undertake in size ( see Article X-Ray Architecture, published in the journal MetropolisMag.Com in the ad dress that points up) and has already made some tests, in which the transparent concrete, reinforced concrete to resemble the plastic rods integrate its armed , and according to the note "the first tests show that structurally transparent c oncrete would be as good as traditional concrete but about five times more expen sive." Price has made imagination overflows and cities he glimpsed shining from inside their buildings and walls that rise without obscuring the landscape and i s not impossible that they can generate technologies for "mixing, transporting a nd pouring concrete transparent" and by the way "to make it recyclable and envir onmentally friendly."

s=1847 http: / / ml/content_0401/shulman With permission from the journal and Technology Building, No. 195, August 2004 I MCYC, website: