New York is on the rise—literally. With more than 30 tall buildings currently under construction or on the boards, the city's iconic skyline is preparing to take new form. A new infographic by National Geographic illustrates this development, showing how projects like Bjarke Ingels Group's Two World Trade Center will reshape lower Manhattan's skyline and how, uptown, both KPF's 30 Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt Place will dwarf the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and other city icons. As for the streetscape? The rapid proliferation of high-rises is often criticized for limiting how much sunlight can reach street level, particularly in places like midtown and lower Manhattan, where a confluence of tall buildings already keeps much of the sun away. The amount of sunlight reaching the ground will inevitably be further reduced as architects and developers continue to build up, putting the onus on them to find ways to make the streetscape attractive and desirable. [Fast Company's Co.Design + National Geographic]

ICYMI: Five projects that are cleaning the environment from water to air. [ARCHITECT]

The mighty mollusk's built-in body armor, which functions like a network of tiny eyes. is informing new research from Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard's Wyss Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, around the development of a class of artificial materials that can monitor their surroundings and respond to wear and tear. [Harvard SEAS]

Lining roadways and pedestrian and bicycle paths with photovoltaic panels is a relatively new approach to alternative-energy generation worldwide, but the results have been promising. [CityLab]

Sports stadiums cost billions to build, are used sparingly, and are often replaced before their life is over. Some architects are looking to reduce this waste and improve the longevity of these major projects. Meet the transformable, multi-purpose stadium of the future. [Wired]

Colleges and universities are using augmented and virtual reality to teach engineering and design. []

Walk through the construction of Cornell University's technology campus on Roosevelt Island, in New York. [Venture Beat]