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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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The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation

Calum Lindsay A plan to build self-sufficient floating cities outside of national borders features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The Seasteading Institute is a non-profit organisation founded by political economic theorist Patri Friedman and...
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Tall Timber Construction Code is Still Thinking Small | Architect Magazine

With improved fire safety and proven superior energy performance, tall timber is growing in popularity, but can construction codes keep up? By Ian Spula Mass timber has been on the move in Europe and Canada for some time, where the intersection of energy savings and renewable...
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Green method developed for making artificial spider silk | University of Cambridge

Researchers have designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water. This method of making fibres could be a sustainable alternative to current manufacturing methods. Darshil Shah A...
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‘Bike Boom’: Lessons from the ’70s cycling craze that swept the U.S. – Curbed

A new book about bicycling’s boom (and bust) has lessons for today’s riders and planners by Patrick Sisson While the U.S. isn’t the cycle-mad Netherlands—yet—recent news may suggest we’re entering a bike-riding renaissance. Biking has become a quickly growing (albeit still...
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A French smart city network is going global to fight climate change – Curbed

DataCity wants to helps cities around the world become smarter, greener, and more efficient by Patrick Sisson In the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accords, many American mayors promised to work with sister cities across the globe to continue...
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This Week in Tech: Solar Paint that Generates Clean Energy | Architect Magazine

Plus, more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff Researchers as RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have succeeded in developing a paint that can absorb moisture and create energy. The paint contains a compound that both soaks in water vapors and acts as a...
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101 ways to fight climate change and support the Paris agreement – Curbed

The smallest contributions can counter a global challenge by Patrick Sisson, Megan Barber, and Alissa Walker  The movement to combat climate change suffered a sizable setback last week when President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord. Yet immediately, U.S. cities,...
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Miami Beach, Dade commit to upholding Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump’s withdrawal – Curbed Miami

Both are committed to continuing to reduce emissions by Josh Baumgard   Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with the most recent information. As Curbed National posted earlier, 61 mayors across the U.S. who previously pledged to ignore President Donald Trump’s...
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Architects can lead climate change fight as U.S. pulls out of Paris Accord – Curbed

To help save the environment, focus on a better built environment by Patrick Sisson Business leaders, U.S. mayors, even the head of Goldman Sachs agree that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the historic Paris accord to battle climate change is a terrible one, and have...
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