July 18, 2008           

Neil Jacobstein

at University of Canterbury


Institute for Molecular Manufacturing


Rocky Mountain Institute


MIT course notes



Nuclear Energy & Climate Change



Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency



UK Foresight programme, Office of Science and Technology

     Stretching out into what can be the future of architectural is molecular nanotechnology. Neil Jacobstein seminar talked on how the worlds confluence of challenging and interdependent problems related to energy, environment and climate change, global health, science and technology literacy, poverty, and security; can be solved with the use of technology – particularly programming for molecular nanotechnology. What does this mean for architecture? Materials with properties and method of creations that are beyond today’s resources. Such as, the possibilities of converting carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in to super-strong materials only rivaled by diamond. Using molecular self-assembly the desired structure is programmed in the shape and function of this new material.

     Taking a step or two further, is smart materials. Materials are engineered at the nanometer scale to perform a specific task such as self-healing structures, which would repair small tears in a surface naturally. Would it also be possible to design a wall material that responds to warm and cold weather, rain and wind? Not the wall system in some mechanical way, but the actual material.