Bionic City

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

Clear Choice: A Glass Globe Terrarium by Designer Richard Clarkson

Brooklyn-based designer Richard Clarkson’s goal is to create products that inspire wonder, from a cloud lamp that simulates a thunderstorm to a rotary-dial cell phone.<p>Now the team at Richard Clarkson Design Studio has created a hanging glass orb so captivating that it makes us question everything …

Landscape architecture

Storks dine out on giant landfill sites instead of migrating

By<p>IT MIGHT not look that appetising to us, but for white storks, this dump is like an all-you-can eat buffet.<p>White storks traditionally make an epic …

Migration

Spider silk microstructure found to have unique acoustic properties

Researchers have learned another thing about spider silk, and as with past discoveries, it may lead to the development of new materials for use among …

Spiders

Mexican village uses fireflies to halt deforestation by local logging industry

In the village of Nanacamilpa, tiny fireflies are helping save the towering pine and fir trees on the outskirts of the megalopolis of Mexico City.<p>Thousands of them light up a magical spectacle at dusk in the old-growth forests on reserves such as the Piedra Canteada park, about 45 miles (75km) east …

Fireflies

Holobiont Urbanism – City as a complex, adaptive, biological superstructure

Created by Regina Flores as a part of her MFA thesis at the Parsons, with support from the Playful Systems Group at the MIT Media Lab, <i>Holobiont</i> …

Maps

Smart bricks will transform how buildings work

Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists from the University …

Science

Studio Mumbai to use bamboo to build Melbourne's MPavilion

Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain has revealed his design for this year's MPavilion, billed to become the largest bamboo structure ever built in …

Bamboo

First Prize Winning Design Cuts Natural Amphitheater Into Cliffside in Italy

First Prize Winning Design Cuts Natural Amphitheater Into Cliffside in Italy<p>A proposal from AM3 Architetti Associati uses the flow of the natural …

Italy

City slicker monkeys are overweight and have high cholesterol

By<p>City slicker monkeys have it easy – but with their newfound lifestyle come health concerns.<p>Many white-footed tamarins seem to have been only too …

Urban ecology

Architects Built This Monumental Land Art By Imitating Geological Processes

The structures, part of Tippet Rise Art Center, were created by man-made versions of erosion, fragmentation and sedimentation.<p>On the Southern edge of Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park and at the foot of the hulking Beartooth Mountains, the Tippet Rise Art Center is preparing to open …

Land art

The CocoDish: a natural, sustainable, and reusable vessel for culturing bacteria

When I began to study microbiology some 30 years ago we used to use a lot of reusable glassware. For example, Glass Petri Dishes, Universal Bottles, …

Bacteria

When the bee family starts feeling comfy inside the extruded plastic strings.. #citastudio #CollectiveConstruction https://t.co/Wt2SA7kajY

Researchers build a crawling robot from sea slug parts and a 3-D printed body

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have combined tissues from a sea slug with flexible 3-D printed components to build "biohybrid" robots …

Science

Why urban wildlife is thriving in Berlin

Berlin might seem like a concrete jungle, but the metropolis has more biodiversity than you'd expect. What is it about Berlin that attracts wild foxes, raccoons, boars and the largest number of birds in all of Germany?<p><i>DW:</i> <i>Miss Koch, c</i><i>oncerned citizens call you when they've had an encounter with a</i> …

Wildlife

Party live streams Androp music video projected onto flowers

<b>Music:</b> Japanese production studio Party is live streaming its music video for Androp's track Hana onto a bunch of white lilies (+ movie).<p>Throughout …

Music Videos

Unnatural Selection: Humans Are Driving the Evolution of New Species

On top of all the extinctions, humans are causing new species to emerge rapidly.<p>Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human …

Evolutionary biology

Supergrass, or the Anthropocene is Local

[Image: Artificial grass stretches onto a sidewalk in Somerville, MA; Instagram by BLDGBLOG].<p>While reading that “land use has already pushed …

Anthropocene

Mexico, Canada, and the US created a “flyway” to save the Monarch butterfly, and it’s working

At the North American Leaders Summit on Wednesday (June 29), Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, US president Barack Obama, and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto—AKA “the three amigos”—talked about trade, Trump, and immigration. It was a friendly meeting, and Peña Nieto in particular seemed …

Latin America

Engineered Bacteria Can Manufacture Nano-Electronics

Nanowires could be used in small powerful devices<p>Give a man tryptophan, and he falls asleep (supposedly). Give tryptophan to genetically modified bacteria created by University of Massachusetts-Amherst biologists, and they produce tiny conductive wires that may one day be used in electronics. Call …

Bacteria

Finally, I found new moldy colors. New work and an exhibition is on the way. #bioart #fungus #mold #microbialgrowth #selinbalci

Biologists have recreated life inside in a computer — NOVA Next

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Biology

With gold and rat heart cells, scientists make a robot stingray

Here’s a critter that would be a showstopper in your aquarium: By layering rat heart cells over a gold skeleton, scientists have built tiny swimming artificial stingrays that can be driven and guided by light.<p>These little ray-bots, described in the journal Science, may offer insight into building …

Robots

How Plant-Filled Dumpsters Can Help Keep Pollution Out Of The Gowanus Canal

Nearly 400 million gallons of raw sewage go into the Brooklyn canal every year. The dumpsters can slow some of the flow—and draw attention to the problem.<p>After decades as a dumping ground for industrial waste, the filthy Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn—one of the most polluted waterways in the country—is …

Sewage

What coconuts can teach us about building design

<b>Coconuts are designed to withstand the heavy impact of falling from the top of trees</b> that can grow to 30 metres tall. And the design solutions they …

Design

#BeautifulThinking - Melissa Sterry on Biomimetics

video summarising today jury by @zrks_77 with @MelissaSterry @livingarchitect @AnnaPapeschi at @BartlettArchUCL https://t.co/9RJVGINULQ

Growth in artificial lawns poses threat to British wildlife, conservationists warn

Environmentalists have warned that a growing trend to lay artificial lawns instead of real grass threatens the loss of wildlife and habitat across Britain.<p>From local authorities who purchase in bulk for use in street scaping, to primary schools for children’s play areas and in the gardens of …

Environment

From silk to milk: Why growing everything could be a 21st century game changer

Energy and Material FlowsNews<p>From silk to milk: Why growing everything could be a 21st century game changer<p>Seb Egerton-Read · July 7, 2016<p>2<p><b>Materials,</b> …

21st Century

Meet the Designer Growing Lamps Out of Mushrooms | The Creators Project

<i>MushLume Trumpet Pendant.</i> <i>All images courtesy the designer</i><p>Designer Danielle Trofe wants to shake up the way we approach manufacturing. In fact, she wants to take manufacturing out of the equation altogether—her MushLume lamps are a product of agriculture growth (that's right, as in "from the …

Mushrooms