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UAE architects make cement out of salt



A Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material.

 

Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, principal architects at waiwai, enlisted the scientific knowhow of universities in the UAE and Japan to create a cement made using brine generated by the UAE's desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater.

 

They were inspired by the UAE's mineral-rich sabkha -- salt flats that are part of the country's wetlands. "It a huge area ... that's often overlooked," Al Awar told CNN.

 

Sabkha have been used in architecture before: centuries ago, blocks were hewn from salt flats and used to build ...
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Commemoration of 3 Kurdish activists shot in Paris


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Quarantined citizen in Sulaymaniyah: services provided are impossible for major countries


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George Floyd: Huge protests against racism held across US


Huge peaceful rallies have taken place across the US against racism and police brutality on the 12th day of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

 

Tens of thousands o...


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