Archinect - News 2017-05-28T11:00:43-04:00 Scientists are developing a 'digestive' building material that cleans wastewater and produces electricity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:14:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The best way to describe what we&rsquo;re trying to create is a &lsquo;biomechanical cow&rsquo;s stomach&rsquo;,&rdquo; said Rachel Armstrong, coordinator of the Living Architecture (LIAR) research project. LIAR's aim is to develop a building block material that uses living microorganisms to clean wastewater, glean useful resources from sunlight, and even generate electricity.</p><p>To do this, the researchers are programming synthetic microorganisms, and inserting them into a microbial fuel cell (MFC), which is then placed inside ceramic blocks. The MFCs are effectively alive, and produce positive and negative charges, which allows them to be programmed in such a way to emulate the different metabolic stages of a cow's stomach.</p><p>In combination, the blocks could be used to form 'bioreactor walls', which could then help offset a structure's carbon footprint by keeping waste processing and power generation in-house:&nbsp;"like a digestive system for your home or office," according to Armstrong. In one successful test case, res...</p> Editor's Picks #335 Nam Henderson 2013-09-30T23:57:00-04:00 >2013-10-03T14:28:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> On the occasion of the release of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Around the Bay: Man-Made Sites of Interest in the San Francisco Bay Region</a>, a new photobook from the Center for Land Use Interpretation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;sat down for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Discussion</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Archinect implemented the ability to click next to a person's name (or username) on posts and comments&nbsp; and click "<em>history</em>" to view the user's post and comment history, or "<em>contact</em>" to privately message the user. For users that don't want to be contacted, there is an option in the "edit settings" page to block others from contacting you.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Over at Metropolis Magazine&rsquo;s POV blog, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Caruso AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, spoke with Thom Mayne re:&nbsp; his early years working at Pasadena redevelopment agency and Gruen, starting Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) with his friends and colleagues from Pomona and working with clients like the GSA or "innovation" seeking clients in China</a>.&nbsp;One quote that jumped out was this "<em>I divide ar...</em></p> Dreaming of an architecture that could produce buildings with organs and physiologies Nam Henderson 2013-09-26T13:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T18:58:10-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Very immediately I&rsquo;m working on the Persephone Project which is concerned with the design and implementation of a giant natural computer that will form the &lsquo;living&rsquo; interior to a world-ship. It is going to be officially launched at the Starship Congress, in Dallas, from august the 15 of this year. I will also talk about Persephone further at Future Fest in the UK which runs over the weekend 28th to the 29th September.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this summer Alessia Andreotti spoke with&nbsp;Dr. Rachel Armstrong&nbsp;about living buildings, Venice&rsquo;s foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future. The two also discussed Dr. Armstrong's involvement in the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Persephone Project</a>, which&nbsp;is "<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">charged with the design and implementation of a giant natural computer that will form the &lsquo;living&rsquo; interior to the Icarus Interstellar worldship, which constitutes a kind of &lsquo;space&rsquo; Nature</a></em>".</p> <p> As a bonus, over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centauri Dreams</a>, Paul Gilster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shared </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Armstrong&rsquo;s August 15th presentation at Starship Congress</a>, with his readers.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p>