A "self-healing" house is under construction on a Greek mountainside. Leeds NanoManufacturing Institute will take the lead in a EU-funded project by developing special walls with nano polymer particles. The intent is that when squeezed under pressure (during an earthquake), the nano polymer particles will flow into cracks and harden to form a solid material.
This house will have more going for it than nanotech. The house walls will be built from unique load-bearing steel frames. But the house will also contain wireless, battery-less sensors and RFID tags to collect data over time—information about stresses and vibration, temperature and humidity.
The idea of a house that constantly monitors itself and can actually repair itself—and even change its own shape—is found in the remarkable story "The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista" by the British writer J.G. Ballard. He describes a psychotropic house that changes its shape, protects itself and even heals itself.
As far as interior space is concerned, the secret lies in the walls—which were made of substance called "plastex," which sounds like the Leeds nano polymer particle walls on steroids:
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(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com —where science meets fiction.)
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