Perhaps the only material on the architectural market known for its "thirst," ultra-porous concrete is being hailed as the future of urban water runoff management for warm climates.

The emerging material gained mainstream popularity in recent weeks thanks to a viral video depicting an apparently ordinary car park absorbing an inordinate amount of water. Some 1.2 million views later, the video has ignited debate on viability and possible uses for water-absorbent concrete. Ultra-porous concrete is gaining a foothold thanks to extensive research being conducted…