An Irrational Request

As a fan of the fantasy genre, I have always been attracted to the concept of tree architecture. Almost every fantasy world has some magical city hidden in the forest, where the branches intertwine into canopy walkways and the trunks serve as dwellings. Belgian architect Luc Schuiten has taken this idea and applied it to …

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Our Magical World

The most common criticism of the fantasy genre is that it can lead to unhealthy escapism. Why settle for the boring, drab world in which you live, when you could immerse yourself in a world full of flying beasts, floating cities, and big baddies that need to be taken down? For me, fantasy stories are …

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Arthur C. Clarke’s third law states, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Rachel Armstrong, the Living Architect, expanded on this idea, saying, “Any sufficiently advanced civilization is indistinguishable from nature.” These ideas remind us that technology (and civilization) is advancing at rapid rates, and before we know it, it will become unrecognizable when …

Biomimicry and…Technomimicry?

I recently started following Rachel Armstrong on Twitter. She's an interdisciplinary researcher that is merging the fields of natural and built environments. Her TED Talk, "Creating carbon-negative architecture" is pretty interesting; creating protocells that help construct materials and structures seems like a great way to blend fields together. In a way, natural elements are creating human-planned structures. I …