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By Melissa Sterry | Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment

White sky at night not a city bird's delight

A study published today in the journal Biology Letters reports that free-living urban songbirds have increased levels of the stress hormone, corticosterone, in their bloodstream when they nest under street lights. Higher corticosterone concentrations raises the likelihood that birds will prematurely …

Light Pollution

Great to see @policescotland raising awareness of #wildlifecrime in Glasgow City @birdersagainst @WCOwildcrimes

London's River Thames now home to seals, porpoises and whales | human-impact

In 1240, a whale passed from the English Channel into the mouth of the River Thames. Upon noticing the animal, people chased it through the river, …


Researchers Unveil New Method for Converting Greenhouse Gas to Building Material

This week, researchers at George Washington University (GWU) unveiled a new method to convert carbon dioxide into nanoscale carbon fibers that may …


Living Screen

Robotic fabrication of algae based gels

The debate linked to a more responsive architecture, connected to nature, has been growing since the 1960s. …


Bryophyte Building Envelope Project

Development of a Smart Living System for energy efficiency in buildings and healthy urban environments

The Bryophyte Building Envelope Project is …


Bio Scaffold

The architecture of decay

Architecture today is seen as something static and unresponsive. However, it is time to take a hint from biology and allow …


“#UrbanMorphogenesisLab #lastportfoliocheck @bartlettarchucl PHYSA CITY group tutors: Claudia Pasquero, Maj Plemenitas, Eduardo Rico”

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

Like A Living Cabinet Of Curiosities, This Enchanting Installation Brings Insects To Life

Created for the London Design Festival, the Curiosity Cloud is made up of 250 hand-fabricated insects that fly around in glass bulbs when visitors approach.

The Austrian designers mischer'traxler are masters at marrying craft and technology in enchanting ways, as we've seen with their self-weaving, …


Intact Cells


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Theresa Schubert -'somniferous observatory' experiments growing slime mold inside glass. Her exhibition opening 28.8.

Explore a Planet Made of Fungus, Stanley Kubrick-Style

Images courtesy the artist

A slow zoom over an alien planet fades into an infinite sea of stars in Chilean filmmaker and multimedia artist Philip Klawitter's new short, Micro Infinito. The film was shot using the same cinematic tricks Stanley Kubrick used to build the world of 2001: A Space …

Stanley Kubrick

Discarded Tree Trunks Turned Into Stunning Wood Sculptures By Jae-Hyo Lee

South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee is a master of manipulation. He turns discarded pieces of wood into attention-grabbing pieces of art that are both …


Urban Algae Farm Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution

Environment Photo credit: Cloud CollectiveA French and Dutch design firm has come up with an elegantly simple way to harness the wonderful power of …


Introducing 'treeconomics': how street trees can save our cities

Rustlings Road is aptly named. The street in Sheffield is lined with mature lime trees. Their whispering leaves are brilliant green in spring, then cast cool, dappled shade in summer and turn bright yellow in the autumn. But Sheffield city council wants to prune the street, and a dispute about 11 …


Growing furniture

We are enjoying the work of Gavin Munro, who grows furniture which is sold though his company Full Grown. He has been getting some great press …


China builds highway around mountain over water not to destroy the nature..

Control an Army of Fireflies with Your Fingertips

©Adrien Williams

Montreal's Insectarium, a museum dedicated to the creepy crawlies that keep us up at night, presents an elegant light installation that captures the beauty of fireflies without the muggy nights and mosquito bites that usually come with them. Local installation artist Mathieu Le …


Termites use same mounds for millennia, researchers discover

Scientists have unearthed a 2,200-year-old termite hill, suggesting that the insects have the ability to maintain the same structure for millennia. …


Rachel Armstrong - Protocells & living architecture

Living Architecture.avi

Toward a 'living architecture' (UCL)

Exhibition Final Video - ecoLogicStudio

“bio-photosintetic model #UrbanMorphogenesisLab #chlorella #alRuwais #robotic #biodigital”

“bio-catalytic cells, local material system for energy production #UrbanMorphogenesisLab @bartlettarchucl”

“#jury #UrbanMorphogenesisLab @bartlettarchucl #physacity”

“'inhuman garden' #newproject from #aarhus to #zkm by #ecologicstudio”

Life out of death