Material Marvels

Material Marvels: La Specola Observatory

From medieval prison tower to observatory and now museum, La Specola has a rich history of redefining itself. Idha Valeur looks into how the building has been adapted for purpose and how it is maintained.

Material Marvels: Looking at the evolution of the wing in aircraft innovation and technology

From changing its shape to varying the use of materials, the wing is constantly evolving to improve aircrafts’ capabilities to build speed and save fuel. Shardell Joseph looks at some key innovations incorporated into wing design, and what to expect in the future.

Material Marvels: The Notre-Dame fire highlighted timber shortage issues

Policies, trade partnerships and politics can all influence what trees are available to harvest. What happens when the best timber is not available?
V&A Dundee. Credit: Hufton + Crow

Material marvels: Scotland’s Finest - V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee opened last year, celebrating the country, the local area and its rich design history. Ceri Jones takes a tour of the building.

Material Marvels: Matewan, West Virginia

The unassuming town of Matewan was the site of the Matewan Massacre and catalyst of the second West Virginia mine war. Khai Trung Le takes a look at the history of the town, and the impact on miners today.