We round up the latest in materials and architectural research.
This week, we’re sharing news of a bio-inspired algorithm that aims to let neighborhoods design themselves, a plan to rehab Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, acoustic wall panels made from orange-tree scraps, a door lock that requires a secret knock, and more:
Researchers at the University of Western Australia’s Planning and Transport Research Centre have developed a computer model that can design neighborhood layouts without human intervention. The program uses a bio-inspired algorithm that mimics how organisms adapt to their changing surroundings in order to create the entirely new designs. [Phys.org]
In Paris, a set of wind turbines was recently added to the Eiffel Tower about 400 feet above the ground, giving visitors visual evidence of the structure’s sustainability cred. The turbines should produce around 10,000kWh of electricity annually, offsetting power used by the tower’s commercial first floor. [Urban Green Energy International]
Read the Full Story HERE >>>> via This Week in Research: Self-Planning Streets, Wind Turbines On the Eiffel Tower, and a Knock-Activated Lock – Architect Magazine.