Extramural Research - People, Prosperity and the Planet
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EPA Grant Number: SU833565
Title: The Cast Paper Dome; An Opportunity to Develop New Materials and Construction Techniques for Sustainable Building
Illinois Institute of Technology students will construct a compact geodesic dome from recycled paper. Paper pulp, when cast into complex shapes and dried, has considerable strength and as a result may eventually be a material incorporated into architectural design. The group will build the dome, monitor it for several months, and then disassemble it. Once disassembled, the pieces will be tested to see how their structural integrity has changed over time and how it might be improved.