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Beware the great tide of waste that is coming to engulf us all

This month's RIBA Journal contains a more than usually interesting article. The magazine has questioned 127 architects on their use of innovative materials, and more than half of them have denied using any new materials at all. Without going too deeply into the reasons given - high cost, insurance problems, failures, lack of technical back-up - all of which are undoubtedly sound, it is nonetheless an astonishing result.

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