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Matter Design, in collaboration with construction-research company CEMEX global R&D, researchers to devise a method of moving massive stones without the use of heavy machinery. They drew inspiration from the Moai statues on Easter Island, and came up with Massive Masonry Units (MMU’s), which uses variable density concrete, so the center of mass is calibrated precisely to control their stability to ensure that one can move them successfully into place for assembly. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
“Real-life applications could make it both easier and cheaper to build in areas that are difficult to access. It could also make it simpler to assemble and disassemble structures built using these materials, therefore avoiding the need to demolish them and instead make new configurations,” reports Design Boom.