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Nervous System
Inspired by science and fueled by technology, these Massachusetts-based architecture students-turned-entrepreneurs make wicked cool housewares and jewelry. Natural phenomena such as coral formations and cellular division influence both the process and the product. Download the code and start making your own.

The Boston ArtScience Prize
Each year, more than 100 Boston high school students work after school to develop ideas that address a global problem — such as “The Future of Water” — using both analytical and aesthetic methods. Their goal? A share of the $100,000 ArtScience Prize established by Harvard scientist David Edwards, who believes successful innovation needs both art and science. Winners also participate in an “Ideas Translation Workshop” in Paris. Bonne chance!

A Day Made of Glass
In this corporate-video-gone-viral, glass giant Corning offers its vision of what the not-too-distant future might look like. It’s a compelling demonstration of the application of research and science to building materials, design and, well, life.

Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey
The Center for the Built Environment at the University of California at Berkeley has developed a set of tools to help evaluate occupied buildings. Download surveys, and see for yourself how this feedback might improve your design or help your clients better manage their facilities. It may sound dull, but how often have you wanted to change the temperature at your own workplace? Exactly.

National Institute of Building Sciences
Established by Congress, the institute’s mission is “to serve the Nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment.” Essentially a constellation of specialized groups, the institute oversees programs including the Building Enclosure Councils, the Whole Building Design guide, building performance, and hazard mitigation. And that’s just the beginning.

C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures
The first of a five-part lecture series at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County discusses the enduring split between science and the humanities, and the legacy of C.P. Snow’s famous 1959 lecture at Cambridge, “The Two Cultures."

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December 19, 2014 - 3:26am