Moveable architecture a vision of the future

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - Some architecture has the power to move us, like the Taj Mahal. now science is saying buildings of the future might be able to "be moved" as well. We're not just talking about the sway some structures experience during high winds or during earthquakes. Those can give us so much enough motion sickness to move us to the nearest toilet.

No, science is talking about shape-shifting skyscrapers that can change their look at any given time. It's called Dynamic Architecture, and some of these moving examples can be seen today. The Oculus structure in New York City was unveiled a few weeks ago. Although this modern-day subway station is now open to the pubic, the real eye-opening feature of this building happens every September 11, when the giant steel skeleton of the structure "opens up" to pay tribute to those who died at the World Trade Center. You can say it's moving in more ways than one.

Now, if you're hoping for a future building with more bounce, a group of Harvard researchers have come up with a possible new building material. Folding cubes that can be programmed to change shape, size and volume. Grouped together, they can build something that can barely sit still. Harvard engineers hope that by using different materials and on a larger scale, this technology can be one day used the create truly stirring structures.

 

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