Bionic City

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

Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest

The city is planning a major green makeover to combat the heat island and create a more welcoming place for humans and animals alike.<p>When a city needs green space, but it’s all out of room, what can it do?<p>It’s an issue that many older, denser cities are facing as they try to make themselves more …

Urbanism

TS3 HIGH PASS COMMENDATION 2017

12 May 2017<br>Architectural Association, London<p>The Living Roof: A Technological Emancipation for Jakarta’s Urban Kampung<p>With the world’s steepest rates …

Urban

Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing

<b>Marin Sawa</b><p>Modern algal biotechnology is largely motivated by technocracy in response to food and energy crises. This biotechnological work seeks the …

Biology

Can Plants Hear?

Pseudoscientific claims that music helps plants grow have been made for decades, despite evidence that is shaky at best. Yet new research suggests …

Biology

EcoLogicStudio transforms cladding system into a bioreactor with Urban Algae Canopy

IAAC Active Public Space Introductory Studio // Eco-Machines

Thought for the Day #2: Evolution isn’t a destination; it’s a process

The intelligence of living systems teaches us a very different story of change and how to navigate it. In many of the oldest, living macro species we …

Evolution

Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for West Palm Beach

Madrid studio Ecosistema Urbano has won first place in a competition to revamp the waterfront of Florida's West Palm Beach, with a proposal for domed …

West Palm Beach

Nearly 400 birds killed after flying into Texas skyscraper in storm

Nashville and Blackburnian warblers among birds of more than 20 species that hit American National Building, possibly after mistaking lights for moon or sun<p>Nearly 400 migratory birds of brilliant plumage were killed when they smashed into an office tower in Texas while flying in a storm, officials …

Birds

Imagine London as a National Park City

Imagine that London becomes the world’s first National Park City. This large-scale and long-term vision has the potential to transform how Londoners …

Cities

estudio invasivo's la piel installation for sesiones arquetípicas in chile

<b>as part of the informal ‘sesiones arquetípicas’ workshop taking place in chile, the architectural group estudio invasivo has completed a sculptural</b> …

Architecture

New biodegradable semiconductor could make e-waste a thing of the past

50 million tons of electronics are expected to be trashed this year, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. A Stanford University …

Engineering

Unnatural history: the new creatures in our oceans

In each of the 26 plates included in Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, a sea-borne organism is rendered in intricate detail. Some images …

Oceans

Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms have a newly discovered chemical to thank for their shine

Scientists discovered how to create new colors, too<p>You’re not tripping — these mushrooms really do glow. And now, we have a better idea how, thanks to a study published today in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>.<p>More than 100 years ago, a naturalist named George Gardner visited Brazil and saw children …

Biology

A new way to fake photosynthesis could help put CO2 back where it belongs

Why it matters to you<p>Scientists have figured out how to use a synthetic material to trigger artificial photosynthesis, generating energy and …

Photosynthesis

How cities and light pollution are ruining the wonder of the night sky

Skyglow, an incredible book of time-lapse photos, illustrates the beauty of the night sky, and what’s at risk<p>Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic do a lot of work after dark. In their new book, <i>Skyglow</i><i>,</i> the duo, who met studying film in Los Angeles, show off a breathtaking array of …

Astronomy

Feral Spirits

bioGraphic<p>These beautiful invasives most likely escaped from pet owners, but now they’re firmly established across the English …

Controlling antimicrobial contamination of soil and water with bacteria

We all like to keep things clean, and disinfectants help that happen. Unfortunately, one of the most widely used antimicrobial products in use since …

Scientists are puzzling out how butterflies assemble their brightly colored scales

Shine bright like a butterfly<p>From the danger-sign orange of Monarch butterflies, to the regal blues of the Blue Morpho, butterflies come in a veritable rainbow of colors.<p>The insects display those incredible hues thanks to scales on their wings. Those scales are made up of crystals, which are made …

Nature

The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see |

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses …

Biology

5 Million Fungi

3D printing spiders | Publishing blog

<i>Spiders build webs, shelters and egg sacs from fine tough silk fibers. To apply these fibers, they must be properly attached to substrates or other</i> …

Insects

New scoping paper released on ‘Urban Biocycles’

A new scoping paper from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation offers the first analysis on the circular economy and the ‘biocycle’, the flows of organic …

Sustainability

Lisa Ertel sandblasts Dune furniture to highlight underlying patterns of wood growth

German designer Lisa Ertel used a sandblasting technique on wood furniture to emphasise the patterns created by trees' annual rings of growth.<p>The …

Furniture

A Wall for the 21st Century: ‘Trump’s wall should be a porous, shape-shifting invitation’

1-9 subscriptions<p>The only architecture magazine with a social conscience, your subscription is designed to deepen your knowledge and challenge you …

Great Wall of China

Plastic-munching caterpillars may show us how to dissolve waste

Caterpillars could hold the key to our growing problem of plastic waste. While doing some routine beehive maintenance, a team of researchers in Spain …

Recycling

This Miami studio creates mesmerizing artworks of the city’s original architects: corals

<i>This article appears in</i> The Architect’s Newspaper’s <i>April 2017 issue, which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA</i> …

Oceans

As Corals Die, the Sea Floor is Eroding — Leaving Coastal Communities Exposed

The sea floor around five U.S. coral reef ecosystems is eroding far more rapidly than scientists thought, putting at risk coastal communities that …

Oceans

First-responder ants suggest helping may be widespread in nature

A species of African ant has been observed carrying their injured comrades back to the nest so that they may recover, another example of behavior …

Biodiversity