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
Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

It's been an epic journey for the Solar Impuse airplane and pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Two months ago, Piccard departed from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View,

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UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

A peanut is a good metaphor for a protective shell that nurtures young life, so it makes sense that UID Architects chose to model the Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima after the shape of a

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Pirate 3D’s New Buccaneer 3D Printer Will be Available for Just $347

Pirate 3D’s New Buccaneer 3D Printer Will be Available for Just $347

Right now, the cost of a desktop 3D printer is out of reach for many consumers, which prevents the technology from reaching widespread saturation. But for those waiting on the sidelines for 3D

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Factor Bikes Claims to Have Produced the World’s Most High-Tech Road Bike

Factor Bikes Claims to Have Produced the World’s Most High-Tech Road Bike

Many avid cyclists outfit their road bikes with ANT+ sensors to keep track of their speed, heart rate and other fitness measures they might want to track. But Factor Bikes' new Vis Vires bike,

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following

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Infographic: How Congestion Pricing Works

Infographic: How Congestion Pricing Works

Photo via Shutterstock Congestion charging is one of the most effective tools that local governments have to discourage people from driving their cars in cities during peak hours, helping to

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Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

If you look around at the rooftop solar installations, you'll notice that the solar panels aren't actually part of the roof -- instead, they're set on structures resting on top of the roof. That

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Resinance: Art Installation Imitates Living Organisms by Responding to Touch

Resinance: Art Installation Imitates Living Organisms by Responding to Touch

One major difference between living organisms and manmade products is that living organisms respond and adapt to their surroundings. A team of students at CAAD in Zurich recently produced

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San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

Photo via Shutterstock Last summer, the San Francisco Planning Department announced plans to create four different types of "eco-districts" within the city that would lower greenhouse gas

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some

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Drayson Racing Sets 204.2 MPH World Land Speed Record for Electric Cars

Drayson Racing Sets 204.2 MPH World Land Speed Record for Electric Cars

Drayson Racing just set a new land speed record for electric cars, reinforcing its position as one of the world's top EV manufacturers. With chief executive and former science minister Lord

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Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright is a native of California, where one can find many sprawling subdivisions. "I was raised in Orange County—a sprawling suburb of Southern California built by disciples of Levittown.

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Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Late last year, electronics company Hitachi unveiled a large, 2.5-ton robot to help clean up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Now

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Chip Yates Announces Plans to Fly an Electric Airplane Non-Stop Across the Atlantic

Chip Yates Announces Plans to Fly an Electric Airplane Non-Stop Across the Atlantic

Last year, Chip Yates set a new world record for being the first person to fly an electric airplane over 200 mph. But that wasn't enough to satisfy him. Yates is aiming even higher,

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Cardboard Technologies Announces Plans to Produce $10 Cardboard Bicycle

Cardboard Technologies Announces Plans to Produce $10 Cardboard Bicycle

The cardboard bike was created by Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni, who bends and folds pieces of recycled cardboard into strong, weight-bearing shapes. “Basically the idea is like Japanese

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President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock In a landmark speech on climate change today, President Obama offered an insight into whether he'll approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline, explaining that he

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Cornerstone Sonoma is a Showcase of World-Class Landscape Architecture in Northern California

Cornerstone Sonoma is a Showcase of World-Class Landscape Architecture in Northern California

White Cloud by Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot One of the most visually arresting installations at Cornerstone Sonoma is "White Cloud," which, contrary to its name, is an ominous dark cloud with

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25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

Photo via Shutterstock This week is National Pollinator Week, but you wouldn't know it if you stepped into the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. There, shoppers noticed thousands of

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Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Sunflower photo from Shutterstock 3D printing is one of today's most exciting emerging technologies - few other developments have as much potential to shape the way we make things and the

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL Pipeline has been firmly established as North America's biggest environmental battleground, but another major battle is forming in Bristol Bay, Alaska

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Monsanto Executive Awarded World Food Prize

Monsanto Executive Awarded World Food Prize

Photo via Shutterstock In announcement that is sure to rile non-GMO activists and organic food supporters, a Monsanto executive and two other biotechnology scientists were awarded the World

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BSG Bikes’ Timeless WOOD.b Bikes Are Stylish, Safe and Durable

BSG Bikes’ Timeless WOOD.b Bikes Are Stylish, Safe and Durable

BSG Bikes pairs beech plywood frames with steel parts to give their WOOD.b bikes a classic, architectural quality. The bikes are designed to use standard bike parts like steel Columbus

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae

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LOT-EK Unveils Plans for Solar Taichung Cultural Center Made from 1,620 Recycled Shipping Containers

LOT-EK Unveils Plans for Solar Taichung Cultural Center Made from 1,620 Recycled Shipping Containers

LOT-EK chose to use recycled shipping containers in their Taichung City Cultural Center proposal due to the modular units' low environmental impact and practical form. "Shipping containers,

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Digital Grotesque: World’s First Full-Size 3D-Printed Room to be Unveiled Next Month

Digital Grotesque: World’s First Full-Size 3D-Printed Room to be Unveiled Next Month

The Digital Grotesque project isn't the first example of 3D-printed architecture we've seen; Dutch firm DUS Architects has led the way, developing an 11.5-foot custom 3D printer that it plans

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Dwell on Design 2013 Kicks Off this Weekend in Los Angeles

Dwell on Design 2013 Kicks Off this Weekend in Los Angeles

Dwell on Design, America's largest modern design event, is set to kick off this Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center! This annual exhibition features a vast array of green designs ranging

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Closca Unveils Stylish Urban Bike Helmet That Folds Up for Easy Storage

Closca Unveils Stylish Urban Bike Helmet That Folds Up for Easy Storage

When it comes to bike helmets, safety should of course be the most important consideration. But it doesn't really matter how safe a helmet is if nobody wants to wear it. So Closca has developed

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Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

The biggest decision of President Obama's two-term presidency looms ahead, and environmentalists are increasingly concerned that Obama will cave to fossil fuel interests and approve the Keystone

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Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer For starters, the BioLite Campstove is remarkably easy to use. I've used several types of gas and wood-burning stoves before, and the BioLite is about as

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San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

When transit watchers look back on 2013, they'll remember it as the year of the bike share. Last month, the country watched as New York rolled out Citi Bike to much fanfare (and plenty of

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