Amphibious Architecture

Amphibious Architecture

IDEA WATCH Amphibious Architecture Float when it floods   By Emily Anthes Last June, not long after a catastrophic thunderstorm swept through southern Ontario, bringing a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, a group of 75 architects, engineers, and policymakers...
The Race to Reinvent Cement

The Race to Reinvent Cement

FEATURE The Race to Reinvent Cement The material that built the modern world is due for an upgrade. What if we could transform cement from a climate wrecker into a carbon sponge? By Akshat Rathi Read...
Are We Approaching Peak Stuff?

Are We Approaching Peak Stuff?

CONSUMPTION Are We Approaching Peak Stuff? Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill   By Fred Pearce Twenty years ago, Beijing was a city of bicycles. They queued by the thousands at traffic lights on roads where cars were rare, next to...
One Man’s Trash . . .

One Man’s Trash . . .

IDEA WATCH One Man’s Trash . . . Mining landfills for metals and energy   By Joshua Jacobs In a village 60 miles east of Brussels, a Belgian company is fighting to launch an experiment with the future of rubbish disposal. Group Machiels, a waste-management company,...
This Is Roquette Science

This Is Roquette Science

FOOD This is Roquette Science How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world   By Nathanael Johnson The latest world-changing idea for agriculture sprouted three years ago, not from a field but from a computer lab. In 2015, Caleb Harper, an MIT...