If only I’d known about this 6 months ago!!

Meri sent me this link from the NY Times about a new exhibition of concrete at the National Building Museum in Washington. And the big deal is that they’re showcasing a product called LiTraCon, short for Light Transmitting Concrete.

And how’s it done..?… well, a clever Hungarian Architect (?on Losonczi) came up with the idea of making concrete blocks with parallel optical fibres running throught it. Pretty clever… and pretty pretty too…and apparently you don’t lose much in the way of compressive strength.

And given that there’s not much loss in terms of compressive strength, you can do pretty much anything with it that you could do with any other concrete block….Once the price comes down that is…..

Alternative links
Boing Boing: Clear Concrete
optics.org: Concrete casts new light in dull rooms