The Next Nature Book

header Next Nature can give us a new vocabulary and a new philosophy to see and design the world. – Scientific American.

We debate saving nature, we dream about escaping to nature, but rarely do we ask “What is nature?”. The Next Nature book radically shifts your notion of nature.

Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places. With our urge to design our environment, we cause the rising of a next nature that is unpredictable as ever. Nature changes along with us!

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The Next Nature book is a compendium of the most thought provoking observations from, completely re-edited and supplemented by thematic specials, new visual material and stunning graphics, as well as guest essays by (a.o.) Bruce Sterling, Kevin Kelly, Rachel Armstrong, Tracy Metz, Bas Haring, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jos de Mul.

Edited by Koert van Mensvoort and Hendrik-Jan Grievink / 472 pages paperback / Published by Actar (Barcelona) / Language: English / ISBN-10: 8492861533 / ISBN-13: 978-8492861538

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  • “Book of the Year”

    — Trendbeheer

  • “One of the most exciting books in a long time”

    — Page Magazine

  • “The Next Nature movement is about trying to shake ourselves out of our sleepwalk”

    — Architects Journal

The book is organized as a pile of magazines containing visual and written essays, specials, infographics and infotizements.

Next Nature is a tasting of the vision at large. Why and how we need to rethink the relationship between people, nature and technology.

Recreation studies how our image of nature was created and how much of what we think of as ‘nature’ is in fact a simulation.

Wild Systems investigates how we must embrace complexity and learn to guide the growth of man-made ecologies.

Office Garden shows how we serve our systems as much as they serve us. How technology domesticates people and what strategies we may employ to create more humane technology.

Supermarket takes us on a safari through our next savanna. How our food production became radically technological. How we consume images, rather than products. How Nature™ is the most successful product of our time.

Anthropomorphobia explores the twilight zone between people and products. How products are designed to imitate people, while people are increasingly perceived as products.

Back to the Tribe conceals that new technologies not only separate us from nature, but may also revive ancient intuitions, propelling us forward rather than back to nature.

  • “An overwhelming book in the expanding twilight between technology, nature and design”

    — Knack Weekend

  • “Next Nature is an equally provocative as convincing book”

    — Metropolis M

  • “Next Nature can give us a new vocabulary and a new philosophy to see and design the world”

    — Scientific American