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This Week in Tech: live bricks made with bacteria

Plus TestFit, a building configuration software startup, and more design-tech news.

CU Boulder: live bricks made with bacteria
CU Boulder: live bricks made with bacteria

Katharine Keane

Architecture must quickly kick its carbon habit and minimize the threat of climate change. ARCHITECT’s January issue, edited in partnership with the nonprofit Architecture 2030 and its founder and CEO, Edward Mazria, FAIA, is meant to help architects get CO2 out of their systems, for the health, safety, and welfare of us all. [ARCHITECT]

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder0 have developed an experimental “live” building material that grows and regenerates through bacteria. Made of a combination of cyanobacteria, sand, and gelatin, the material binds together into a brick, with bacteria colonies remaining alive for more than 30 days. “Though this technology is at its beginning, looking forward, living building materials could be used to improve the efficiency and sustainability of building material production and could allow materials to sense and interact with their environment,” said the study’s lead author and former CU Boulder postdoctoral research assistant Chelsea Heveran in a press release. [CU Boulder]

A team that includes materials science researchers at North Carolina State University has successfully created a semiconductor diode laser that can operate at a deep ultraviolet shade, a color rendering that had previously been impossible to attain. The laser can attain 271.8 nanometers, more than 40 nanometers deeper into the ultraviolet range than other diodes. According to the team, the technology will initially be used in bio-sensing and sterilization. [IEEE Spectrum]

Courtesy TestFit
Courtesy TestFit

Dallas-based TestFit, a building configuration software startup leveraging practical generative design, has secured $2 million in seed funding from Parkway Venture Capital. TestFit plans to expand its multifamily housing customer base into the architectural, real estate developer, and general contractor markets. [ARCHITECT]

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