Research project

Urban infra revolution (UIA)

Project Details
Start date: 01/11/2017
End date: 31/10/2020

European Commission


Urban infra revolution will find the solutions how to reduce CO2-emissions in urban construction development. At the same time it tests a new technology to boost city architecture and give tools to create cities where people love to live and enjoy urban city culture.

Instead of manufacture and bulk oriented construction industry, the cities need to look at new urban architecture and focus more on people’s aesthetic preferences. Urban infra revolution means that sustainability and circular economy will be strongly involved in the future urban construction scheme.

Production of cement produces 7 % of the global CO2 emissions. As an innovative result of the project, there will be available biofibre-reinforced geocomposites, which allow total recyclability and material reuse. This local industrial sidestream (ashes, green liquor dregs, tailings, construction waste) based high-value novel geocomposite material will replace the need of cement and steel in construction industry. Automated, on-site, fast and versatile additive manufacturing construction system, without molds, is tested in comprehensive urban scale. The material and the piloted technology are multifunctional and enable aesthetic design with revolutionary shapes with very low CO2 emissions.

The new concept is applicable in European and Nordic weather conditions. After urban infra revolution European Cities and their architecture show the new way for the world and act as the global forerunners of sustainability.

circular economy, industrial sideflows, geocomposite, geopolymer, recycling, reuse, urban infra structure, ash, tailings, added manufacturing, 3D printing, green liquor dregs, construction and demolition waste, fiberwaste

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