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Buildings that look like bubble wrap? Fiction? Nope. The Beijing Olympics featured one such building, which housed the aquatics center. Made out of a material similar to Teflon, ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafloroethlene) has been around since the ’70s but is now being used for construction. What you end up with basically is billowy walls of air that allow light in, retain heat, are sturdy, fire-resistant, easy to repair and economical (and look like bubble wrap).

“Bubble wrap: not just a party for your feet.”

by Jacqueline Stevenson Brand Futurist The Republik Corporal Strategic Ops

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