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

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Legislating the Humane Treatment of Wildlife

Post written by James D. BrownOur need to plan for nature in our urban landscapes requires a purposeful consideration of how we, as human urban …


Renaissance Renderings: Drawing Geometric Inspiration from Nature

At every point in history, there has been a strong correlation between form and scientific knowledge. During the Renaissance, platonic solids were thought to be the basis of all matter: tetrahedron of fire, octahedron of air, cube of earth, icosahedron of water, dodecahedron of Heaven and the …


Poetic NASA Visualization Shows How Everything Is Connected

NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America.

On Earth, there couldn't be a bigger difference between the Amazon rainforest and the African Sahara. The latter is a brown streak of wasteland; the former, green and teeming with life. Polar opposites …


Eco-Friendly Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones into Trees

Instead of the typical coffin burial, Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel developed an eco-friendly alternative. It’s called Capsula Mundi, and it uses egg-shaped pods that hold a deceased human body for burial. Each capsule will turn into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of the …


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15+ Breathtaking Frozen Lakes, Oceans And Ponds, That Look Like Art

Lakes and ponds might look nice, but the cold of winter just elevates them to another dimension. As you might have seen in our previous post, …


Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes


Pulsing Xenias

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Dr. Margot Krasojević unveiled designs for a futuristic hydroelectric house in Llandudno, Cape Town.


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Crazy Shape-Shifting Crystals Can Transform Into Any 3D Shape

Scientists at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory have developed an incredible new material that can be programmed to form any shape you can imagine

At first glance it looks like a screen protector for your smartphone. The transparent sheet is sheer and flat—and around twenty times …


How Protocells Will Create the Next Wonders of the World 

Humans have been around for more than 200,000 years, but only now are we beginning to understand just how intimately our health and our future are …

Beauty in bacteria: artists and microbiologists join forces

The Biomedical and Life Sciences (BLS) Division at Lancaster University is welcoming artists with an incurable curiosity for the theory and practice of microbiological processes, to take part in a two day workshop in March.

Heading up the project is senior lecturer in biomedicine at Lancaster …


Daan Roosegaarde's Waterlicht installation mimics northern lights in Dutch skies

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a lighting installation that resembles the aurora borealis above a flood channel of the Netherlands' …


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When the ‘built’ becomes the ‘born’

Humans create some pretty clever designs, but until now, our constructed …

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Abandoned hotel in Japan

Honey on Tap: A New Beehive that Automatically Extracts Honey without Disturbing Bees

The Flow Hive is a new beehive invention that promises to eliminate the more laborious aspects of collecting honey from a beehive with a novel spigot …


Keith Lemley: Arboreal: Wood and neon become an unlikely combination in the artist's site-specific installation

Neon and wood aren't the most likely of combinations, but Keith Lemley welds the two very different mediums into conversation in his latest show, "Arboreal." For his first solo exhibition in New York, the artist—who has become known for his sculptural neon installations—has lit up the inside of …


Powell St. Parklet

San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday. After success outside scruffy Mission District coffee shops and pram-litered Noe Valley, some of the most iconic …

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Seen Unseen: The Biological and Social Networks of Cities – PART 1

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The Tree of Life’ mural by Kavita Singh Kale.

Ancient though its origins are, the Tree of Life and its potent symbolism remain as …

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Rethinking the Waterfront - The Architect's Newspaper

Earlier this month Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams announced the release of Stormwater Infrastructure Design Guidelines, which have the …

Can cities save our wild bees?

Imagine you’re a bee. You’ve spent winter in your tiny underground nest. The light levels change, signalling the arrival of spring and out you come, hungry – but there’s no food. What should be a blossoming garden is all tight buds. The end.

I love bees. Everyone I know loves bees. And everyone …


Apiological: mathematical speculations about bees (Part 1: Honeycomb geometry)

Bees have encouraged mathematical speculation for two millennia, since classical scholars tried to explain the geometrically appealing shape of …


The Strongest Material In Nature Comes From A Tiny Animal

The winner in the strong man competition of the natural materials world might surprise you. The teeth of the aquatic snail-like limpet may have snatched the title for strongest known natural material.

“Until now we thought that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of its …


Artist Collages Digital Ecosystems That Grow Like Infections

Scion X. Images courtesy the artist.

Berlin-based speculative artist Mathias Vef wants viewers to get lost in his collaged “digital ecosystems.” For his current solo show, Syncretics at Galerie 3punts in Berlin, Vef has transferred his photographic collages onto massive sheets of paper and objects …


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Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature, says researcher

Gift of hearing birdsong and trickling water is being lost to a process of ‘learned deafness’, says US scientist, as people screen out background noise

The tranquil chorus of the natural world is in danger of being lost to today’s generation as people screen out the noises that surround them, a …