Following the thread of green design … today’s New York Times profiles Sim Van der Ryn, the Bay Area-based pioneer in sustainable architecture, whose work includes the solar-powered Guitar House, a 15,000 sq. foot “rammed earth” mansion, believed to be the world’s largest green residence.
“Like snowflakes, no two pieces of wood can be the same anywhere on earth,” says architect Michael Green in today’s lyrical TED talk, “Why we should build wooden skyscrapers,” in which he lays out his thesis for designing and engineering the world’s tallest buildings from one of its oldest materials. “Mother Nature has fingerprints in […]
When you think of bacteria, the word ‘heroic’ hardly pops to mind. Bacteria don’t have the best reputation (case in point: the poop problem). But, we are reminded in today’s talk, from teen scientists Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao, that not all bacteria are our enemies. Wang and Yao found themselves faced with an immovable […]