As springtime approaches, so do the home repairs – painting the trim or deck, replacing the rotted boards, getting the lawnmower blade sharpened. But what if our buildings were more like life? What if they grew from a seed? Or were heated with solar energy or sugars or oils they manufactured themselves? What if they self-repaired when the were damaged, as our own bodies can? This is what synthetic biologist and TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong loves to think about – and get people talking about!
See New Scientist’s Culture Lab interview with Rachel here.