Basalt continuous filament could be the fiber of the future

July 1, 2004

BCF has distinct advantages over mineral fibers like carbon, ceramic and glass fibers. By Eddie Grosfield Spewed by erupting volcanoes millions of years ago, solidified lava—called basalt rock—turns out to be an excellent raw material for making effective fireproof fabrics and barriers, insulation materials, and reinforcement agents. Basalt continuous filament (BCF) is a fiber produced …

Shigeru Ban

Reviewed by Thomas Fisher We typically think of architects designing large, permanent structures, immobile and immensely expensive. However, a young generation of designers, led by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, has begun to invert our expectations of what architects do, focusing instead on small, temporary structures, light in weight and largely made of recycled or …