Mark Boyer

 

Mark Boyer is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mark studied literature at the University of Chicago and was the founding editor of Curbed Chicago. His work has appeared in GOOD, Mindful Metropolis, and others.

Mark Boyer
Singapore’s First Driverless Electric Vehicle Hits the Streets for Testing

Singapore’s First Driverless Electric Vehicle Hits the Streets for Testing

A driverless electric vehicle is taking to the streets of Singapore - and it looks nothing like the autonomous vehicles that Google has been testing in California and other places. Nanyang

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MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company

MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company

Back in June, desktop 3D printing leader MakerBot announced plans to merge with the Israeli company Stratasys, which specializes in industrial-level 3D printing and prototyping. Yesterday, the

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

In December, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) named SOM the winner of an international competition to design the new Los Angeles courthouse, beating out three other shortlisted

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High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

In some parts of Zimbabwe, pregnant women are forced to walk 10 kilometers on uneven dirt roads to visit the nearest clinic. Although he lives thousands of miles away from Zimbabwe, Australian

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DrinkSavvy Smart Beverage Glass Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

DrinkSavvy Smart Beverage Glass Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

More than three years ago, Mike Abramson went to a club in Boston, and after taking a few sips of his first drink, he quickly knew that he'd been drugged. His friends helped him return home,

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading

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Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten was selected to design the new law center after winning an international design competition in 2008. But the building isn't just nice to look at; its most impressive

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Stanford Breaks Ground on Rammed Earth Windhover Contemplative Center

Stanford Breaks Ground on Rammed Earth Windhover Contemplative Center

The Windhover Contemplative Center will be a meditation center that is intended for spiritual retreat on the Stanford University campus. Artist Nathan Oliveira, who died in 2010, had a dream of

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Nikolay Polissky Creates Massive ‘Beaubourg’ Sculpture Using Traditional Basket Weaving Techniques

Nikolay Polissky Creates Massive ‘Beaubourg’ Sculpture Using Traditional Basket Weaving Techniques

In the land art tradition, Nikolay Polissky's massive Beaubourg sculpture is made from natural materials, and it provides a commentary on the intersection of nature and human culture.

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PHOTOS: Earth-Sheltered Formworks Farmhouse Rises in California’s Central Valley

PHOTOS: Earth-Sheltered Formworks Farmhouse Rises in California’s Central Valley

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer Earth-bermed homes are found throughout the hills of Northern California, but they're much less common in the flat farmland of the Central Valley. So it's somewhat

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City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

Photo via Shutterstock This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town's energy needs from clean, renewable sources. Effective immediately, the

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China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock China's air quality problems have been well documented as cities have been besieged by thick smog -- particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January

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Cube-Shaped Watermelons Sell for More than $850 in Russia

Cube-Shaped Watermelons Sell for More than $850 in Russia

Photo via Shutterstock In the US, watermelons are a common sight in front of grocery stores in the summer, and they tend to sell for about 50 cents per pound. But in Moscow, you could drop a

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious

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100% Electric Cars Are Now Outselling Plug-in Hybrids in the US

100% Electric Cars Are Now Outselling Plug-in Hybrids in the US

Photo via Shutterstock Range anxiety isn't holding back the electric car. Sales figures are in for the first half of 2013, and they show that 100% electric cars, buoyed by the Tesla Model S

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Studio Gang Unveils Designs for Sculptural University of Chicago Dorm Complex

Studio Gang Unveils Designs for Sculptural University of Chicago Dorm Complex

The University of Chicago campus is known for its neo-gothic architecture, often earning it Hogwarts comparisons, but in recent years the campus development office has ditched the limestone in

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Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe

Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe

Photo via Shutterstock It's no secret that European countries are less welcoming of genetically-modified crops than the US is; several European countries, including Germany, France and Italy,

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OMA Wins Competition to Design Miami Beach Convention Center

OMA Wins Competition to Design Miami Beach Convention Center

The winning team, dubbed South Beach ACE, which was headlined by OMA, also included architects TVSdesign, landscape architects MVVA and Raymond Jungles, and developers Tishman and UIA.

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The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

Removing cancerous tumors from a patient is a very precise science, and it can be very difficult for surgeons to determine where tumors begin and end. That's why chemist Zoltan Takats and his

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CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That's because traditional wind turbines -- the ones with three huge blades --

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World Architecture Festival 2013 Shortlist Announced

World Architecture Festival 2013 Shortlist Announced

The World Architecture Festival is the world's most hotly-anticipated architecture awards event, so we're excited to learn that some of our favorite projects are featured in this year's recently

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Investors to Buy Bankrupt Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place

Investors to Buy Bankrupt Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place

This spring, one year after rolling out an extensive vehicle charging network in Israel, electric car company Better Place filed for bankruptcy. Better Place was the first major electric car

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Algorithmic ‘Printed’ Fields Could Make Farms More Productive and Resilient

Algorithmic ‘Printed’ Fields Could Make Farms More Productive and Resilient

As Gizmodo points out, combination planting isn't exactly a new technique; planting different crops in close proximity to ward off pests and disease is a strategy that has been practiced for a

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Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Listening to music can be a drain on your smartphone or iPod battery, and stopping to charge up restricts your mobility. But with the OnBeat solar headphones, you can listen to music and watch

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Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

It's pretty easy to control the air quality in your home; you can open the window, turn on a fan, or even invest in an air filter. But in public places it isn't so easy. Enter the Ohita, a

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IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

Photo via Shutterstock Ikea furniture is ubiquitous in dorm rooms and apartments all over the world, but it's difficult to fathom exactly how much of the world's resources are actually used

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Tivoli Eco Residences Leave a Light Footprint on the Coast of Northern Brazil

Tivoli Eco Residences Leave a Light Footprint on the Coast of Northern Brazil

Each of the eco residences is a two-story structure with a small swimming pool located on the second-floor terrace. The living area is located on the upper floor, which features excellent views

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