BioBuild Program Hosts the First BioBuild Symposium

Blacksburg, VA - April 26th, 2018 - BioBuild faculty and fellows hosted the first BioBuild symposium "Building with Nature" at the Holtzman alumni center at Virginia Tech. The event expanded on the main principles of BioBuild which are exploring building systems and biological systems synergistically to discover innovative connections between these two fields.

Fellow Qi Ryan Wang Accepts Postdoc at Harvard University

PhD Candidate Qi Ryan Wang recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at Harvard University. He will be working on the Big Data and Cities project as part of the MacArthur Foundation Initiative “Neighborhood, Social Organization, and the Future of the City.” The postdoctoral position also entails interacting with researchers of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), which facilitates original, policy-relevant research with partners across Harvard and greater Boston. The appointment will start in May, 2015. Congratulations Ryan!

Harvesting water from the air

As reported in WIRED magazine, designers have created a tower structure made of bamboo and polyester mesh that harvests water from humidity, condensation and dew. These so-called WarkaWater structures were inspired by the Warka tree, a common large fig tree in Ethiopia, as well as the water handling capabilities of the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and cactus.