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Future Cities: Combined Advanced Technologies and Flexible Urban Infrastructures

Mapping the landscape for agile design The 20th century convinced us that the future has a linear trajectory that progresses incrementally – so that tomorrow is exactly like today – only a little bit different. Anything that deviates from this… Continue Reading →

Synthetic Biology as an Open System for Architectural Design

We’re living in an age of synthetic biology where we can design and engineer organisms using life’s building blocks such as, fats, proteins, minerals and genetic code. This is a relatively new practice in science and we’re still trying to… Continue Reading →

Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our… Continue Reading →

Lawless Sustainability—new technology & innovative solutions for a sustainable future

The problem with sustainability is that it was designed by committee rather than springing from the loins of a mature design movement. It is a chimera that is retrofitted to suit industrial, technological and political parameters that are ‘branded’ as… Continue Reading →

Twenty-First Century Science

We are at an extremely exciting time where many changes have been accelerated through contemporary technological advances and worldwide communications systems. We are also faced with some very severe problems, many of which have been accelerated by our own success,… Continue Reading →

Bacteria “R” Us

There is a domain of creatures that diffusively encircles an entire planet. There are so many of them that they occupy every conceivable ecological niche. Yet, despite their countless numbers they are so in tune with their local ecology that… Continue Reading →

Self-Repairing Architecture

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of workers. All this effort results in an inert object, which means there is a one–way transfer of… Continue Reading →

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