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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living, are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus, which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture), the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say.

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Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

by , 08/13/14

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When it comes to the production of renewable energy, Germany is well ahead of the game – villages regularly break records by producing more energy than they need, and the country has met up to 74% of its energy demand with renewable sources. Now Germany has shattered another record: In the first half of 2014, 31% of the entire country was powered by renewables!

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban's Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

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Lucasfilm's New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

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JAHN'S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China's First LEED Gold Certified Building!

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California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory

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The office of California Governor Jerry Brown has revealed it is considering legislation to ease environmental compliance laws for Tesla Motors in an effort to woo the company to build its first Gigafactory in the state. Despite the electric vehicle manufacturer’s headquarters and assembly line already being based in California, the state lags behind the other four contenders in the competition to secure the Gigafactory development. However, given the green fanfare surrounding the Tesla end product, is making an exception to existing environmental legislation for the company really sending the right message?

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

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Tiny Glass and Timber Cabin Cleverly Folds Open to Blend in With the Dutch Landscape

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The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

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Designed by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar, a Dutch designer who aims to bridge the gap between nature and man-made objects, Sanctuaria is an art installation aimed to preserve miniature pieces of nature. This series of work consists of a series of capsules that carry endangered plant species such as orchids, ferns and mosses from tropical rainforests around the globe. Sanctuaria becomes a final refuge, as its name would imply, since the ecosystems that housed these little life forms have already been destroyed. Currently, the project features 2 as-yet unnamed species of orchid obtained from cut trees in Asia, but they can house any number of different endangered plants. With habitat loss and destruction so prevalent all over the world, Sanctuaria capsules may provide homes to species that would otherwise be lost to the world forever.

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All photos by  Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar; illustration by Paco Kamil


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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

by , 08/13/14

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Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are carrying on a loud conversation. Now imagine that all of this noise gives your smartphone a battery boost! This scenario could be a reality soon thanks to scientists from Nokia and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), who have successfully charged a phone using zinc oxide nanowires that convert sound-caused vibrations into electricity — called the piezoelectric effect.

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

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Glowing Paper Cave Puts the Cubicle to Shame in Japan

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Theo Jansen's Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

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Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

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Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

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As part of its quest to be carbon neutral by 2025, Copenhagen is looking hard at the kind of street lamps it should have. The city is setting up an experimental laboratory called the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) in the suburb of Albertslund, where different smart street lamps will be featured and tested. The lab will cover about 9.2 kilometers of road in Albertslund and is intended to be a space where engineers can road test their street lighting solutions and municipalities from around the world are invited to see the industry’s latest innovations. The open-air laboratory will be open to the public on September 18, 2014.

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Port Sunlight River Park: Former Landfill Reborn as Beautiful Park and Wildlife Habitat

Port Sunlight River Park: Former Landfill Reborn as Beautiful Park and…

Formerly known as Bromborough Dock, the site was used as a landfill for 15 years until it closed in 2006. Multi-million pound regeneration and remediation efforts, including the…

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Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

The turn-of-the-century Legion House is located in the heart of Sydney CBD and has operated as a women’s hostel for the last 60 years. Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was commissioned to…

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"Hipster Twister" Mini Tornado Stuns Park-Goers in Williamsburg,…

"Holy cow! No, don't go in the middle," yelled onlooker Michael Gambale as he shot this video of what looks like a mini tornado at McCarren Park this past Sunday. Park-goers at the…

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Santiago Calatrava's Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving…

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are…

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Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of…

The annual Shell-Eco Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design the best ultra energy-efficient vehicle, which is then put to the test during racing events in Asia,…

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