Following news that hemp could be used as a low-cost, low-carbon way of reinforcing concrete, we have rounded up 10 promising new construction materials, including plastic that's stronger than steel and 3D-printed mushroom columns.
Commenters are amazed. One called the materials "marvellous".
Other stories in this week's newsletter include Oliver Leech Architects' design for the extension to a home in Epsom, Surrey, the "world's first ball-dildo" and plans for a 100,000-square-foot extension to the Colburn School campus designed by Frank Gehry.
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