Striatus 3D-printed bridge “establishes a new language for concrete”

Good News Notes: “Holcim CEO Jan Jenisch explains how 3D-printed concrete bridge Striatus aims to showcase how to build with less material without compromising performance in this video Dezeen produced for the building materials company. Striatus is a 16-metre-long 3D-printed concrete footbridge built by Block Research Group at Swiss university ETH Zurich and the Computation and Design Group at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA CODE), in collaboration with concrete…

World’s largest carbon-capture plant Orca opens in Iceland

Good News Notes: “The world’s largest direct air carbon capture and storage plant has started operating in Iceland, run by Swiss company Climeworks. Named Orca, the plant sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and buries it as rocks deep underground, using technology from Climeworks‘ Icelandic partner Carbfix. Orca has the capacity to remove 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the…

Hi-tech wooden flooring can turn footsteps into electricity

Good News Notes: “Scientists have developed technology that can turn footsteps into electricity. By tapping into an unexpected energy source, wooden flooring, researchers from Switzerland have developed an energy-harvesting device that uses wood with a combination of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce enough energy to power LED lightbulbs and small electronics.  …

3,000-Year-Old Submerged Settlement Discovered in Switzerland

Good News Notes: “Archaeologists surveying Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne have discovered the remains of a submerged Bronze Age village. As Swissinfo.ch reports, the new finds suggest that the area around the lake was settled 2,000 years earlier than previously thought. Though researchers have long searched for proof of early habitation in the Lucerne region, a thick layer of mud had obscured…