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NanoArchitecture - Nanotechnology and Architecture

El-Samny, Maged Fouad (2008) NanoArchitecture - Nanotechnology and Architecture. Masters thesis, University of Alexandria.

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The research investigates the importance of the use of new up-and-coming technologies as an outcome of globalization. Such international integration has greatly influenced architecture and the way we plan it, thanks to the new technological inventions that comes up hastily, fast mobility and the ease of communication. Nanotechnology as a result of the global cooperation in technology has become the cutting-edge technology of the 21st century. This manipulation of matter at the nanoscale has revolutionized our contemporary technology in all aspects of life, especially in material design, building methods, and architectural perceptions. In three parts, the thesis promotes the above issues in an attempt to deliver the up-to-date ideas and technologies of the 21st century to the architect and be aware of these contemporary issues, which can be summarized as follows: 1. Contemporary thinking; which explains globalization with an overview of the development of this international movement towards the integration of cultures, resources and human intellectualism, through economy and industry. This has greatly influenced architecture of the past century to form an international style and a revolt against all classism, which has been developed later to become a global style that eradicated any ethnic, technological, or regional borders. However, this international integration has sparked a new race of technological inventions that helps the architect to develop and create new architectural trends. 2. Nanotechnology; as a good reflection of the global technological movement towards a better future. This manipulation of matter at the nanoscale has provided the human with a different new technology and customized materials. It is not an individual science or technology; it is a uniting expression for the multi-disciplinary area of producing technologies operating in the area of extremely small size particles and materials. Many products involving nanotechnology are already available and the future applications seem endless in different areas ranging from biomedicine, computers, consumer products, energy and material design. Together with architecture, it marks up the Nanoarchitecture style, which is the use of nanotechnology in architecture by either the new customized materials or new shapes and forms of buildings. Examples for the use of new nanomaterials in existing buildings are also given in this section to exhibit the limitless feasibility of this new technological invention of the nanoscience. 3. Applications; and evaluation for the effect of the revolution of technology and industry that nanotechnology is shaping; either on the architect, society and architecture. This part features works of architects John Johnsen, and Peter Testa and initiatives like the nanoHOUSE, and the nanoStudio. The objective is to highlight the importance of globalization and its impact on architecture through the use of nanotechnology.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Subjects:Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in civil engineering
ID Code:5830
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:09 Jul 2009 15:59
Last Modified:09 Jul 2009 15:59

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