The damage to the dam holding back a reservoir just a mile from the nearest town downriver should focus minds on ensuring civil infrastructure is maintained.
Air conditioning requires energy, and contributes to global warming – here are five ways of cooling which won't cost the planet.
From building blocks made of fungus to self-healing concrete, architecture is using biotechnology to make buildings come alive.
Patching concrete sidewalks, roads and bridges after every season of snow and ice is expensive. A team of engineers is now testing a new approach harnessing bacteria to patch the potholes and cracks.
Pouring concrete into formwork limits the creativity of architects to build unique shapes. 3D printing could change that.
A first glimpse of the low-income housing scheme, designed in collaboration with West, raises red flags.
'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.
Adding a bit of fungus to the initial ingredient list might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to fill in any bits of damage that occur, without the need for human intervention.
Cement has a huge greenhouse footprint, largely because the chemical process by which it is made releases carbon dioxide. But there are several different ways for cement to green up its act.
Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
Bacteria can produce their own 'buildings' so scientists are genetically engineering them to build ours.
Reinforced concrete is everywhere. But unlike plain concrete, which can last for centuries, reinforced concrete can deteriorate in decades as the reinforcing bars succumb to rust.
Crews patch them, just to see these recurrent potholes come back again. New research focuses on microwaves zapping patches to make a more permanent pothole fix.