Olli, a 3D-printed autonomous bus, made its debut in the U.S. in 2016. Local Motors

The best transportation improvements to try in your city – Curbed

These small things can make a big impact by Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson, and Alissa Walker Whether you live in the farthest suburb or in the heart of downtown, how you move around your city shapes your social interactions, your job, and even your family dynamics. Peruse the...
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The AIA Urges Lawmakers to Support Strong Building Codes | Architect Magazine

AIA president Thomas Vonier implores legislators to keep an eye on the long game regarding design and construction regulations. By Wanda Lau With hurricanes Harvey and Irma behind us—and the long roads to recovery and rebuilding ahead of us—the AIA issued a statement today asking...
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MIT turns to millennia-old tech for renewable energy storage – Curbed

Firebrick technology invented by Hittites in 17th century BC is being repurposed for a modern use by Barbara Eldredge With renewable energy sources becoming more and more advanced, storing that energy means big business. While we’ve seen technological breakthroughs enabling...
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Washington, D.C. Named the World’s First LEED Platinum City

Under mayor Bowser’s administration, the city has set an example for other cities around the world by becoming a leader in achieving sustainability, resiliency, and equity. By Ayda Ayoubi The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Washington, D.C. the world’s first...
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Reimagining our roads: 5 designs to improve our cities – Curbed

On-the-street solutions for improving five American cities, with accessibility and mobility in mind by Patrick Sisson and Alissa Walker In the quest to create more pedestrian-friendly cities, urban planners often carve out space in obvious places like parks, greenways, and...
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This Week in Tech: Get Your Knitting Needles Ready, This Yarn Can Generate Electricity | Architect Magazine

Plus, a flashlight made from conductive paper, a muralist robot, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff An international team of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea have developed a type of yarn called...
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Building Materials From Carbon Dioxide Emissions | Architect Magazine

Mineral Carbonation International and the University of Newcastle have developed a way to turn carbon emissions into a solid material that can be used in green construction materials. By Selin Ashaboglu Australian company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has unveiled a...
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How Trump’s new infrastructure plan will hurt local climate action – Curbed

Cities are at risk for climate disasters today and Trump’s plan puts them in more danger by Alissa Walker In the first few minutes of a press conference that no one will remember for its talk about highways and bridges, President Donald Trump announced the first details of h...
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the underline will transform miami’s metropath into a 10-mile-long park

following in the footsteps of new york’s high line and seoul’s skygarden, miami is set to build a linear park of its own that will transform the land beneath part of the city’s metrorail. named ‘the underline’, the scheme is the brainchild of meg daly who, after breaking both her...
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Will Bioluminescent Organisms Help Illuminate Our Future Buildings? | Architect Magazine

By ARCHITECT Staff French biotechnology company Glowee is pitching the idea of using bioluminescence—a genetic chemical reaction that enables certain marine micro-organisms to emit light—as a natural alternative to electric lighting. Using synthetic biology, the startup team...
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