Porous paving, at first glance, looks like the sort of technology we would create in response to many of the conditions we face in the modern-day. After all, a pavement that allows water to drain through it, trapping contaminants in order to keep the water table pure, sounds exactly like the sort of thing green scientists would cook up in order to preserve dwindling natural resources, prevent erosion, and help the environment.
And they did… but they created it back in the 1800s.
A Brief History of Porous Paving
The initial appeal of porous paving, in the form of porous concrete first used in Europe in the 1800s, was that it required less cement. This was particularly appealing to builders and designers since it meant they could build more with less material. Paving, as well as load-bearing walls, were built from this material.
Though it fell out of favor for a time, porous paving saw a resurgence whenever materials were scarce, but building demand rose. Post-WWI and post WWII were particularly demanding eras in Europe, and porous paving came into demand again. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the U.S. began using the material, and it wasn’t until the year 2000 that India really embraced it.
An Old Solution For Our New Problems
Most of the green technologies finally coming into their own were created over a century ago. However, it’s only with today’s advances in science, engineering, and manufacturing that we’ve begun to really apply those technologies on a large enough scale to impact the environment in a truly meaningful way.
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