Built & Indoor Environments

Avian-Friendly Buildings Are Not Just for the Birds

 

After a year of contentious debates around school desegregation, COVID-19 mitigation and other pressing crises, members of Maryland's Howard County Council found near unity in July when it passed a bird-safe building mandate. The vote marked only the second bill of its kind on the East Coast, following New York City's legislation that passed in December 2019.

 

Read on here: https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/avian-friendly-buildings-are-not-just-for-the-birds/583067/

(SmartCitiesDive, Aug. 2020)

Making Social Distancing Green: Adding Living Walls, Potted Plants to Restaurants

 

“These two-sided movable planter walls at Component Repair Technologies in Mentor are an example of how living walls and greenery can be used to create social distancing barriers. The walls hold trays of live plants, creating a soothing and attractive alternative to plain partitions.” (Cleveland.com, May 2020)

 

Read the story: https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/05/living-walls-potted-plants-can-create-required-social-distancing-at-restaurants.html

5 Stunning Examples of Green Architecture Around the World

 

Think outside the box! Check out these inspiring green architecture concepts, some of which are already complete.

 

Read on here: https://www.euronews.com/living/2019/07/10/5-magnificent-examples-of-green-architecture-around-the-world

(Euronews.com, Jan. 2020)

Synthetic Biology: Living Quarters

 

What are some mind-blowing possibilities, as well as the biggest challenges or concerns of using synthetic biology in building materials?

 

Read the full story: https://www.nature.com/articles/467916a

(Nature, Oct. 2010)

Market Street Prototyping Festival

 

The Better Market Street project in San Francisco explores ways to make the city’s iconic artery more inviting for people to spend time and socialize in. The Market Street prototype festival invited 200 proposals and selected 50 projects to test over a three day festival, with the possibility of future implementation for successful prototypes.

 

Watch Video: https://youtu.be/XK6WTdMpU9g

(Youtube 3 min. Video, 2015)

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