I know this is going to sound strange but even when assembling a structure using carbon fibre panels, contractors will often still use screws, rivets or bolts. According to Greg Lynn, glue would be a better and stronger solution compared to bolts, especially when standing up to sheer forces.
New Urbanist is Geoff Manaugh‘s monthly column that explores how technology and design are changing our cities, homes, the built environment – and ourselves Glue is the future of architecture. At least that’s how architect Greg Lynn sees it. And he’s not alone. “Mechanical assembly is already waning in many industries,” Lynn says. “An airplane now is glued together. A car now is glued together. Even a lot of appliances are being glued together.” So why not skyscrapers? We have the materials. These non-metallic composites – such as carbon fibre, fiberglass panels and other structural plastics – are lightweight, often much cheaper than traditional industrial materials and offer physically stronger systems for designers to work with.