“Bamboo will treat you well if you use it right,” said Elora Hardy, founder of sustainable-construction firm Ibuku, during her talk at TED2015 (shown above), held earlier this year in Vancouver. Hardy grew up in Bali, where bamboo is abundant. Her locally based design-build company now teams up with area craftspeople to use traditional Indonesian building techniques to bend, weave, and twist the grass into schools, houses, and furnishings. “The tried and true, well-crafted formulas and vocabulary of architecture do not apply here," she said. "We have had to invent our own rules.”

#longread: To manage sway in tall buildings, engineers need to design for human perception. [Gizmodo]

Researchers around the world use hurricane simulators to determine the extent to which high winds, rain, and excess seawater will damage infrastructure. Get an inside look at four test sites, past and present. [Mental Floss]

Can studying the odors—both pleasant and noxious—that permeate cities help planners improve the design of urban spaces? Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in the U.K., want to find out. [CityLab]

Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen partnered with tech firm 3D Systems to 3D print a single-piece sofa (shown above) whose lightweight mesh is inspired by the construction of spider webs and silkworm cocoons. Weighing just 5.5 pounds, the sofa can support up to 220 pounds. [Dezeen]

Researchers at the École Polytechnique de Montréal have developed a micro-scale polymer fiber that replicates the mechanical properties of a spider's super-strong silk. [Polytechnique Montréal]

Google’s Project Jacquard turns fabric into a touch screen. [Fast Company’s Co.Design]

Last week, the Washington D.C. Public Library opened a fabrication lab at its main branch—which is about to get a major redesign. The fab lab features laser cutters, CNC machines, and soldering equipment for use by those ages 13 and older. [D.C. Public Library]