What better way to start 2017 than to look 45 years into the future? For their latest project, New York-based materials science company Arconic has revealed how a skyscraper of 2062 would look like. Towering above 3 miles (around 4.8 kilometer) into the air, the incredibly futuristic structure would feature an array of advanced technologies, some currently under-development while others that are already available commercially, such as retractable balconies and smog-eating exterior.
The concept was conceived as part of the company’s campaign called ‘The Jetsons’, after the 1962 animated sitcom where people live in the sky and drive aerocars. According to Sherri McCleary, a scientist at Arconic, one of the most relevant technologies in the project is EcoClean, a specially-designed coating that allows buildings in urban areas to self-clean, while also purifying the air available to dwellers. Speaking about the initiative, McCleary said:
The functional coating provides aesthetics, it provides maintenance benefits, and it also provides a benefit to the surrounding environment by reducing the content of pollutants around it.
Unveiled back in 2011, this amazing material can be used in place of conventional paned glass windows. It relies on water vapor and light, which in turn react with the chemicals present in the coating to generate atoms called free radicals. As pointed out by the researchers, these free radicals are responsible for absorbing environmentally-harmful pollutants from the atmosphere and disintegrating them into grime that is eventually discarded.
This technology, the scientists believe, helps keep the building clean, making sure that the air around is also devoid of harmful pollutants. In addition to its smog-eating abilities, the skyscraper will boast smart motorized windows that can turn into breathtaking glass-lined balconies in less than one minute. Known as Bloomframe, this ingenious technology has already been showcased by the company at trade shows across the globe.
If that’s not enough, the enormous building will actually be fashioned out of 3D-printed materials, and will soar nearly 3 miles (or 4.8 kilometers) into the sky. In case you are interested, the engineers at Arconic have come up with a bunch of other incredibly futuristic designs, including super-lightweight car chassis, flying vehicles as well as aerodynamic aircraft wings. McCleary went on to say:
We’re looking at optimizing the materials that can be 3D-printed to give more and more options to designers and architects.
To learn more about Arconic and its projects, head over to the company’s official website.
Via: TCT Magazine