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Revolutionary ‘Building as a Lab’ Unlocked at Science Central

Newcastle University’s The Key is a unique tensile fabric structure that has been built on the same principles as a soap bubble. Signalling a UK-first for this kind of technology, The Key has been designed as a permanent, heated office space, and highlights…

Building the Landscape Evolution Observatory for UA’s Biosphere 2

March 25, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering

Perhaps it’s the hundreds of overhead windows that emulsify the incoming desert light. Or perhaps it’s the color of the steel housing — praying…

Soils Clean and Capture Water

March 24, 2015 - in Corporate, Water

March 20, 2015—In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities…

The New Science of Cities by Michael Batty Reviewed

January 6, 2014 - in Smart Cities

How can mathematical models help us understand contemporary cities? Is it possible to develop a ‘science’ of cities that involves laws and principles to describe and predict how urban change occurs over time and through space? Michael Batty’s book, The…

Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

March 19, 2013 - in Smart Cities

William Solecki compares the current study of cities to natural history in the 19th century. Back then most natural scientists were content to explore and document the extent of biological and behavioral differences in the world. Only recently has science…

Looking to Cities, in Search of Global Warming’s Silver Lining

November 30, 2012 - in Environment

Heat, carbon dioxide and air pollution are already having significant effects on trees, plants and crops, and for most plant scientists, the debate over climate change ended long before the arrival of extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy. Now, some of those…

Why We Need a Better ‘Science of Cities’

September 30, 2012 - in Smart Cities

Building more resilient and prosperous cities is perhaps the grandest of the grand challenges facing the world today.  Angel, who is a member of the Urbanization Project at New York University and who conducted his research as a visiting fellow at the Lincoln…

Why We Need a Better 'Science of Cities'

September 30, 2012 - in Smart Cities

Building more resilient and prosperous cities is perhaps the grandest of the grand challenges facing the world today.  Angel, who is a member of the Urbanization Project at New York University and who conducted his research as a visiting fellow at the Lincoln…

Informing Design

May 16, 2012 - in Column, Design/Engineering, Featured

Geographic information systems (GIS) technology and design have long been intertwined, hard to separate, and competitive. Born from landscape architecture, GIS was seen as the place for mapping, planning, and analysis, while computer-aided design (CAD) was…