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
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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Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Tablet photo from Shutterstock Portable gadgets, like smartphones and tablets, have changed the way we consume information and communicate, but at this stage they all have one common flaw:

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Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Car dealerships tend not to be the greenest of buildings; they're typically located in strip-malls outside of town, and of course, they are made to hawk gas-guzzling vehicles. But Kia

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Welsh Couple Transforms Old Vans into Rustic Campers with Wood Interiors

Welsh Couple Transforms Old Vans into Rustic Campers with Wood Interiors

The Goddards are based in the Welsh border town of Presteigne, where Bill works as a tree surgeon and carpenter. Bill uses locally sourced wood, and he tries to allow the wooden interiors to

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J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

The building, which has been dubbed "Schlump ONE," was built as a plain, drab administration building in the 1950s. J. Mayer H. Architects completely gutted and renovated the building,

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Photo via Shutterstock The kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits upon the world's second-largest oil reserves, and as such, oil dominates the national economy. But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has

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Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Embedded electronic implants have long been confined to the realm of science fiction, but the development of a new stretchable battery could soon make them a reality. A pair of scientists have

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects to Build Vertical Forest Office Building in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects to Build Vertical Forest Office Building in Vietnam

The Trees Building will be a branch office of ABBANK, and it promises to be one of the most striking new buildings in Danang. Because of the terraced system, Vo Trong Nghia will be able to

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Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

The old truck was donated by the Rapha Cycle Club, which had an old Citroën that someone had found "in a barn in France in the 1940s," the Cycle Club's John Maniquis told The Atlantic Cities.

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Starbucks Opens Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers in Northglenn, CO

Starbucks Opens Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers in Northglenn, CO

The new Northglenn location is part of a pilot program launched by Starbucks to open a series of environmentally-friendly coffee shops around the world that push the design envelope. The green

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Warby Parker to Help Google Make “Glass” More Stylish

Warby Parker to Help Google Make “Glass” More Stylish

Google is reportedly working with trendy eyeglass company Warby Parker to design “more-fashionable frames” for its “Glass” headset, according to anonymous sources quoted by the New

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The MOVEO is a Lightweight Electric Scooter that Folds Up For Easy Storage

The MOVEO is a Lightweight Electric Scooter that Folds Up For Easy Storage

Electric scooters are great for urban travel, but what happens if you have very limited storage space? The folks at Antro, a Hungarian nonprofit devoted to developing green transportation

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The Hail Protector: An External Airbag that Shields Your Car from Hail Damage

The Hail Protector: An External Airbag that Shields Your Car from Hail Damage

Every year, about 250,000 cars are damaged by hail in the US, leaving car owners with pockmarked vehicles and insurers with a flood of claims. If you don't own a garage, there isn't much you can

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys

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Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Over the past decade, no country has embraced renewable energy with as much enthusiasm as Germany. Despite phasing out nuclear power, the country is exporting more energy than ever, thanks

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than

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World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

An anonymous man in his 20s who lives in Rome will soon receive a new hand, and for the first time in the world his bionic hand will be able to feel the things that it touches. The hand will

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10 Faux Snakeskin Fashions to Ring in the Lunar New Year

10 Faux Snakeskin Fashions to Ring in the Lunar New Year

Last week, people across the world celebrated the year of the snake, and what better way to ring in the Chinese New Year than to don some cruelty-free, faux snakeskin fashions? There are plenty

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Rev Up Your Juicer with These 6 Delicious Juice Recipes

Rev Up Your Juicer with These 6 Delicious Juice Recipes

Juicing is a great way to get lots of healthy fruits and veggies into your body fast. Although juices shouldn't serve as a substitute for regular meals consisting of whole foods, they can

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Scientists Find Children’s Cells Living In Mothers’ Brains

Scientists Find Children’s Cells Living In Mothers’ Brains

The link between mother and child during pregnancy is perhaps the closest that two humans can ever be linked, but after childbirth they become two separate individuals -- or do they? New

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19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

The eight-story water tower was designed for the nearby Lambeth Workhouse and Hospital, and it was the tallest water tower in all of London when it was completed in 1867. But the tower fell into

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Li Hongbo Creates Amazing Flexible Sculptures from Stacks of Paper

Li Hongbo Creates Amazing Flexible Sculptures from Stacks of Paper

We've seen humble sheets of paper take many shapes as an artistic medium, but few artists are able to match the realistic sculptures that Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo makes from paper. At the

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Back to the Roots’ Aquaponics Kit is a Self-Cleaning Fish Tank that Grows Veggies

Back to the Roots’ Aquaponics Kit is a Self-Cleaning Fish Tank that Grows Veggies

Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora, a pair of UC Berkeley undergrads who scrapped plans to go into investment banking and consulting and instead launched a

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