[permaculture] Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 11:51:06 EDT 2013

Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers

Written by: Chris Arkenberg<http://www.fastcoexist.com/users/chris-arkenberg>

As scientists make huge strides in robotics, natural building materials,
and new construction methods, our urban architecture could take on a much
different form than the rigid construction we’re used to.


"Innovations emerging across the disciplines of additive manufacturing,
synthetic biology, swarm robotics, and architecture suggest a future
scenario when buildings may be designed using libraries of biological
templates and constructed with biosynthetic materials able to sense and
adapt to their conditions. Construction itself may be handled by bacterial
printers and swarms of mechanical assemblers.

Tools like Project Cyborg make possible a deeper exploration of biomimicry
through the precise manipulation of matter. David Benjamin and his Columbia
Living Architecture Lab explore ways to integrate biology into
architecture. Their recent work investigates bacterial manufacturing--the
genetic modification of bacteria to create durable materials. Envisioning a
future where bacterial colonies are designed to print novel materials at
scale, they see buildings wrapped in seamless, responsive, bio-electronic

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