Published on November 23rd, 2009 | by Lucille Chi


TED Talks: Architecture in the Future that Repairs Itself?


This short Technology and Entertainment Design Conference clip is by Rachel Armstrong who states :

“Scientists need to work outside their own areas of expertise to make new technologies that are pertinent to the 21st century and to collaborate, both with other scientific disciplines and the arts and humanities.”

Metabolic materials” – is what TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong researches – construction materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to “grow” architecture.

Rachel thinks of this as we think about awesome parks or gardens because metabolic materials” are made from terrestrial chemistry…

“Rachel Armstrong is a medical doctor, multi-media producer, science fiction author and arts collaborator. Her current research explores architectural design and mythologies about new technology. She is working with scientists and architects to explore cutting-edge, sustainable technologies.”

Armstrong’s amazingly creative goal and hope is all about the future of cities and how they will be able to replace the energy they draw from the environment as well as respond to the needs of their populations and eventually become regarded as “alive”!

These ideas for new living structures may not be exclusive to the developed world, but in fact would have the potential to transform urban environments globally.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News May 8, 2007 The State University of New York’s Finger Lakes Community College issued the following news release:

A new teacher education program in childhood education at Finger Lakes Community College recently received final approval from the New York State Department of Education. The College is now accepting applications for this program for the fall 2007 semester.

The associate in arts liberal arts and sciences: childhood education (teacher education transfer) degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in childhood education to become certified teachers of first- through sixth-grade students. The program introduces students to the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education; explores the role of the teacher; provides coursework in the structure and organization of schools; and offers the opportunity for structured school observations. The program also includes the liberal arts requirements normally completed in the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree program. this web site new york state department of education

“We are extremely pleased to offer this new degree program in childhood education,” said Dr. Daniel T. Hayes, FLCC president. “One of the beneficial aspects of this degree program is the opportunity for guided field observations, which will further familiarize our students with the specific grade levels that they intend to teach.” The degree program is based on the SUNY Teacher Education Transfer Template (TETT), which was created to streamline transfer between participating SUNY two-year colleges and SUNY four-year colleges offering teacher education programs. Based on the template, a participating two-year college will offer an associate’s degree curriculum containing a general education core with three additional credits of foreign language, and a pedagogical core, with one child psychology course and one course entitled Foundations of American Education. Upon completion of such a curriculum, a student is assured that upon acceptance all curriculum coursework will transfer, based on the template, to a SUNY four-year institution offering a teacher education bachelor’s degree program. For more information on the SUNY TETT, visit Easing the transfer process further, the College has articulation agreements specifically for teacher education with SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, Keuka College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. web site new york state department of education

While much of the program curriculum mirrors the current FLCC liberal arts and sciences program, the childhood education (teacher education transfer) program includes three new courses: Child Psychology, Foundations of American Education, and Schools in America: Organization and Issues, which offers a guided field observation.

Additionally, an associate in arts liberal arts and sciences: adolescent education (teacher education transfer) degree program is currently under review for approval by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Department of Education.

For more information about the childhood education (teacher education transfer) degree, visit or contact the FLCC Office of Admissions at or (585) 394-FLCC, ext. 7278.

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