Buildings that grow, breathe, and self-repair?

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.

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