This week at ARCHITECT we’re preparing for the upcoming holidays and year’s end with a deep-dive into gifting for the design-lovers dearest to you. (We have high-brow, low-brow, and everything in between covered.) As such, we think it’s fitting to start off our weekly wrap-up of the latest technology and materials news from around the Internet with an update from Lego (via Wired) of the latest addition to its line of architecture-inspired building sets. The Architecture Skyline Collection offers the tiny plastic bits and parts necessary to construct the assortments of buildings that, together, define some of the most recognizable skylines in the world, including that of New York City, Berlin, and Venice, whose buildings aren’t always so easy to replicate with the typical Lego sets. “After all, the Chrysler Building is famous for its Art Deco curves—and they don’t make Legos as skinny as the Flatiron Building,” says Wired. [Wired]

ICYMI:  The recent climate summit in Paris talked a big game for sustainability in the built environment, but radical innovators in the space are already at work greening their designs. Here’s how. [ARCHITECT]

Google just added the historical Inca ruins of Machu Picchu to its Street View app. One reporter tagged along to see how it was done. [The Guardian]

New York’s streets are getting smarter, from GPS-enabled buses for better arrival-tracking to plans for city-wide WiFi and neighborhood-specific informational websites. [New York Magazine]

Could moss and lichen be good for buildings? Research startup BiotA lab out of the University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture is developing façade materials and systems that are designed to benefit from nature’s typically worrisome interventions. [The Atlantic]

Researchers at Stanford University are exploring structural cooling, which typically occurs at night, during the day through a rooftop coating that reflects solar heat back into the atmosphere to reduce the building’s mechanical cooling loads. [Fast Company’s Co.Exist]