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By Melissa Sterry | Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment
Every western ghost town is an object lesson. Oregon, with more ghost towns than any other state, has a full curriculum. In the places that emptied out when the railways lost out to highways, we can see how capital and technology, then as now, destroy homes and livelihoods as relentlessly as they …Travel (UK)
A team of architects and designers have come together to explore how 3D printing technology can help our flying friends. Printednest aims to bring birds back into cities with its 3D-printed bird feeders. As 3D Print states, "Designed to adhere to the smooth, exterior surfaces of urban structures …Architecture
Tropical roof gardens and a leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners to sit above its new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London will open …Canary Wharf
Olson Kundig Architects worked closely with the design from Shinsegae and international artist Do Ho Suh to create a 20,000 square foot secret garden for children and families. Located on the rooftop of a shopping center, this lush garden is an oasis of trees, plants and flowers comprised …Secret Garden
The trees will later be transplanted throughout the city, helping to double its canopy cover.
Stand on certain streets in Philadelphia, and you'll see a single dilapidated row house surrounded by nothing but empty space and weeds. Detroit might be better known for its urban blight, but Philly has …Philadelphia
EcoLogicStudio transforms cladding system
into a bioreactor with Urban Algae Canopy
Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this movie Marco Poletto of …Architecture
Hypertectonic Systems: Experimental Design on Bio Inspired Smart Systems
In tropical climate places where …
Inspired by the natural beauty of crepuscular parallel rays of sunlight that stream through gaps in the clouds, the Leaky lighting project aims to …Drinking
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings.
But rather than this being an energy saving measure - instead, it is to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.
Ornithologists say that birds become …Democrats
When birds get to homemaking, no mere collection of twigs will do. Each species, in fact, has highly particular needs and tastes. For some, home is a …Nature
Escaping death, thanks to a bird named Houdini
Falcons are perfected aerial machines, evolved over millennia to be very, very good at being falcons. Unfortunately, upstart Homo sapiens have put a few obstacles in the path of these raptors, like intruding quadcopters or deadly wind turbines. What’s …Wind Power
A billion birds a year are accidentally flying into windows and buildings. The problem is particularly bad in the spring and fall, when birds are …
It packs flat, snaps into place with a touch, and could signal a big shift toward the home decor of the future
The MIT Self Assembly Lab is the place where the furniture of the future becomes real. Its newest project, a self-assembling table, is built of simply wood and tensile fabric, which folds …Furniture
Scientists often look to biology for inspiration and innovation, emulating the way that nature builds to advance human engineering. Creatures of the …Life Sciences
Scientists have developed an system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they go into the atmosphere. Then, powered by solar energy, the …Environment
A peculiar Dutch owl has helped the small town of Noordeinde to achieve a considerable amount of fame. When the 6lb. European Eagle Owl started landing on people's heads, residents were extremely confused. Many even thought that the owl had escaped from a nearby aviary.
After photographer Menno …Aviary
Celestial animals come to life in this luminescent, sculptural installation by French artist Julien Salaud. Part of his Stellar Cave series, each expansive work of art is made of cotton thread that is coated in ultraviolet paint, woven into the shapes of stunning creatures, and held down with …Art
Completed in 2010, the Nature Boardwalk designed by Studio Gang Architects introduced a pavilion and boardwalk to a pond site at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. It also recast the area as a thriving ecosystem in the middle of the city.
Watch the video below to hear Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang …Chicago
A team led by Japanese studio Sou Fujimoto Architects has unveiled images of its competition-winning proposal for a Paris university building filled …Architecture
I love beatboxing, but as an ornithologist and birder, I am absolutely delighted by this amazing experiment that a fellow New Yorker, Ben Mirin, is working on: he is using birdsong produced by birds that can be found in New York state as the inspiration for his beatboxing.
Mr Mirin is a professional …New York
The Cones are produced through a hands-on process of growing a specific kind of bacteria over the course of three weeks. Within this period, each …Architecture
Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez
Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez
The Sukkah after a rain shower. Image Courtesy of Michael …Foam
To demonstrate the structural potential of “pulp,” Ball-Nogues Studio built an experimental reclaimed paper pavilion this year at Coachella. The …Pulp
Artist Interview: Aki Inomata: Discussing nature, cultural appropriation and ornamentation with the artist famous for her hermit crab series
Born in Tokyo, artist Aki Inomata has been exhibiting her work since 2004. She received an MFA in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2014 YouFab Global Creative Awards Grand Prize.
Over the last couple years, her "Why Not Hand Over a 'Shelter' to …Hermit Crab
cambridge MASSACHUSETTSHarvard GSD
critic: Achim MENGES.suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.Erin CUEVAS, Mike JOHNSON, & Jana MASSET: The use of carbon …
The FlexShapeGripper is like your very own chameleon tongue, except it can pick up much more than insects.
For creatures without opposable thumbs, chameleons are exceptionally good at reaching out and grabbing things. That's thanks to their very special tongues. At one and a half times a chameleon's …Chameleon
Portsmouth, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell creates beautiful miniature sculptures of insects using circuit boards found inside discarded electronics. "My art practice involves breaking down the pre-existing materials, reinterpreting them and offering them a new form with new purpose, creating …Insects