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
Are We on the Verge of a Smartwatch Arms Race?

Are We on the Verge of a Smartwatch Arms Race?

Just when you thought that your phone was the only gadget you need to worry about, the battle is beginning to heat up over smartwatches. Samsung recently revealed its plans to release a

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Tesla Model S Named 2013 World Green Car of the Year!

Tesla Model S Named 2013 World Green Car of the Year!

This week, the all-electric Tesla Model S was named the 2013 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show! With a sleek design and a battery range of up to 285 miles on

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that

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DIY Recipe: How to Make Raw Vegan Cashew Cheese

DIY Recipe: How to Make Raw Vegan Cashew Cheese

Cheese ranks near the top of the list of animal products that vegans have a hard time letting go of, but there are several yummy and nutritious vegan substitutes. One of our favorite types of

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Nike Partners with Bluesign to Improve Sustainability of its Textiles

Nike Partners with Bluesign to Improve Sustainability of its Textiles

This week, Nike announced that it will be partnering with Bluesign, the Swiss standard bearer for sustainable textiles. According to the apparel giant, the partnership will “accelerate the

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Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce

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Italian Scientists are Developing Hypoallergenic Apples

Italian Scientists are Developing Hypoallergenic Apples

A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could provide relief to those who suffer from food

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Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

For the past 20 years, the world has observed World Water Day on March 22nd - and to mark the occasion this year, the Dopper Foundation has erected a 14-foot wave made from reclaimed plastic

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Colibri One-Seat Electric Car to Go Into Production Next Year

Colibri One-Seat Electric Car to Go Into Production Next Year

Earlier this month, the Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH unveiled a tiny one-seat electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show called the Colibri. The car is so small that two of them can

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China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

The new Bruck apartment complex was designed as a place where families who are interested sustainable housing but are unsure about it can take it for a test drive. By living in the building for

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Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Originally built in 1953, the grain elevator was used to store corn from Oslo's Nedrefoss Mill, and it was in operation from the 1950s to the 1990s. The structure consists of three rows of

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be

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Google and Adidas Team up to Produce a Sneaker that Nags You to Exercise

Google and Adidas Team up to Produce a Sneaker that Nags You to Exercise

Google is getting into the footwear business now. At the SXSW conference in Austin last week, tech giant, along with Adidas, unveiled its “Talking Shoe” concept, a smart sneaker

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Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Modern skyscrapers are typically made from concrete and steel, but as architect Michael Charters suggests, wood could be a viable construction material for tall buildings that would have a

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The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist gets its name from its spiral-shaped, ramp-like structure, which makes it fully accessible to people with disabilities and able to easily to accommodate large crowds coming and

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New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

Photo via Shutterstock A massive earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami is likely to hit the Pacific Northwest, a new study warns - and it's expected to kill as many as 10,000 people and

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HOK Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly Master Plan for Istanbul’s New International Financial Center

HOK Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly Master Plan for Istanbul’s New International Financial Center

With With 13.5 million residents, Istanbul is the second-largest city in the world, behind only Shanghai. The 170-acre International Financial Center will be on the city’s Asian

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China Produces 80 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Per Year, Putting its Forests at Risk

China Produces 80 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Per Year, Putting its Forests at Risk

Photo via Shutterstock For those that aren't very deft at handling chopsticks, now there's a good reason to opt for the reusable fork instead. In the latest news of ecological disaster in

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BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is known for designing modern, unconventional buildings, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to redesign

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Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Photo via Shutterstock A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could

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Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Last we heard from WS Atkins, the international design firm had designed a massive skyscraper for Dubai with a large windmill built into it (the proposed building was later cancelled). The

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Nike Unveils the World’s First 3D-Printed Football Cleat

Nike Unveils the World’s First 3D-Printed Football Cleat

Nike made history last week when it debuted the first-ever football cleat built using rapid-prototyping technology. Weighing just 5.6 ounces, the “Vapor Laser Talon” boasts a contoured

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Philippe Starck and Peugeot Design “Pibal” Scooter-Cycle for Bike-Sharing Program in Bordeaux

Philippe Starck and Peugeot Design “Pibal” Scooter-Cycle for Bike-Sharing Program in Bordeaux

Bikes are great for all sorts of situations, but sometimes when you're maneuvering through heavy foot traffic, you're better off taking your feet off the pedals and scooting along at a lower

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Volvo Unveils New Safety System that Automatically Brakes for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Volvo Unveils New Safety System that Automatically Brakes for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Volvo is positioning itself at the head of the class when it comes to developing high-tech safety features that will protect not only car drivers, but also pedestrians and cyclists. The Swedish

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is

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Boston’s Higher Ground Farm Will be the Second-Biggest Rooftop Farm in the World

Boston’s Higher Ground Farm Will be the Second-Biggest Rooftop Farm in the World

Urban rooftop farming is thriving in cities like Brooklyn and Montreal, but it hasn't quite caught on yet in Boston. That's about to change in a big way with the launch of Higher Ground Farm, a

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Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels

Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock We've heard of mandatory recycling and composting, but mandatory solar panels? Lancaster, California -- a small city of about 150,000 people in the high desert near Los

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LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

It's widely assumed that 3D printing represents the next frontier in fabricating objects of all types, but researchers at Germany's Hasso Plattner Institute have come up with a novel way of

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors

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Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

The sheet piles that form the exterior wall of the new Third Wave Kiosk were used along the Murray River during the devastating 2010-2011 Victorian floods. Now, in their new life, they serve

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