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The future of building materials

RCA product design student Chao Chen looked to nature for inspiration when creating Water Reaction, a building material that is based on a pine cone.  Pine cones close up when they are wet and open up when they are dry. Chen’s new building material shape shifts in response to changes in the weather – opening in the sun and closing in the rain, just like a pine cone.  To learn more, check out this article in Fast Co.

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