How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives
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What will the city of the future look like? More like an ever-changing and vibrant garden than a static set of buildings and blocks. In 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives,' British scientist and architect Rachel Armstrong re-imagines the world’s extensive urban areas and argues that in order to achieve sustainable development of the built environment — and help countries like Japan recover from natural disasters — we need to start thinking differently. Armstrong sets the scene for considering different ways of making structures and materials, suggesting that we can ‘grow’ more ecologically compatible buildings by using life-like technologies, such as protocells. The result is a new kind of architectural practice where cities behave more like an evolving ecosystem than lifeless machines.
A new paradigm for solving problems
This mini book, "Living Architecture" by Rachel Armstrong, is a fascinating intro into how new tech such as synthetic biology might be used to create more resilient and Eco-sensitive buildings that are a part of nature rather than apart from nature. It is not deeply technical so it is a good way to learn about some of the implications of recent research in bio-nano-etc tech. More importantly, the author emphasizes how these new bio technologies give us a radically new way to look at how we might solve some of our most pressing problems, e.g., excess carbon. She aims high: buildings should be much better than "net zero" --they should contribute positively to the ecology of which they are a part. This is a very exciting vision that gives me new hope. I'm proud to be the first to recommend this to you. A real eye opener.