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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

It might not be long before we’re able to construct buildings with bacteria.  Biology, rather than machining, is now emerging as a leading contender to assemble our future environment.  Medicine and biofuels have tapped biology for mass production, but more robust materials for everyday life--roofs, beams, floor panels, car seats--are still the domain of factories.  Now the ability to redirect and engineer biological processes and then capture this understanding in computational models, means that cells could soon become our factories.  

Article: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015899/futurist-forum/how-well-grow-the-next-generation-of-buildings-with-bacteria

Bacteria used to heal cracks in concrete: http://www.livescience.com/8960-designer-bacteria-heal-cracks-concrete-buildings.html

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Don't Complain About Using Design Professionals, Getting Permits, or Following the Building Code

How many people die in building collapses in India.  The result is a staggering indictment of India's structural safety standards - 2,651 dead and 850 injured from the collapse of 2,737 structures in 2012.  Resulting from bad workmanship, poor monitoring, corruption, and poverty.

Original article from guardian.com and interactive map

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2013/sep/03/india-falling-2651-deaths-structural-collapse-architecture-housing

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You Too Can Create Renewable Energy

Every time someone walks over a Pavegen tile, renewable energy is harvested from the footstep. The technology converts the kinetic energy to electricity which can be stored and used for a variety of applications.  A tangible way for people to engage with renewable energy generation.

Can even track people's movement throughout a building.

Manufacturer Info http://www.pavegen.com/technology

Video on how it works http://vimeo.com/68044477

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Don't ever complain that your project is not on schedule!

Rhugyong Hotel (North Korea) / Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers

This 105 storey building holds the world record as the “world’s tallest unoccupied building.” Due to a seemingly endless series of problems, including electricity and food shortages, the tower, which was started construction in 1987, and was originally meant to open in 1992, is still under construction.  

Reference from archdaily.com.

"Death Ray" Architect Blames His Car-Melting Skyscraper on Sunny Days

The 'power' of architecture.  (Even the most notable architects can make big blunders (twice in fact)).   Rafael Vinoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie" in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the “Death Ray”, with hot spot temperatures of 72 degrees celsius.  Article from gizmodo.com and the guardian newspaper

http://gizmodo.com/death-ray-architect-speaks-out-about-his-car-melting-1265000912

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/06/walkie-talkie-architect-predicted-reflection-sun-rays

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/death-ray-architect-spe...