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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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The Next Nature Book

Today, the human impact on our planet cannot be underestimated. Climate change, synthetic biology, mass urbanization – ‘We were here’ echoes all over. Although many people have tried to improve our relationship with nature, only few have asked the elementary question ‘what is nature?’

This book will radically shift your notion of nature. It shows how our image of nature as static, balanced and harmonic is naive and up for reconsideration. Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places.

We must no longer see ourselves as the anti-natural species that merely threatens and eliminates nature, but rather as catalysts of evolution. With our urge to design our environment, we cause the rising of a next nature that is unpredictable as ever: wild software, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us!

Edited and designed by Koert van Mensvoort and Hendrik-Jan Grievink. Contributions by (amongst others): Bruce Sterling, Kevin Kelly, Rachel Armstrong, Tracy Metz, Bas Haring, Allison Guy, Peter Lunenfeld, Berry Eggen and Jos De Mul.

BROWSE SAMPLE BOOK EXCERPT (CHAPTER 1 & 3)


BOOK TRAILER VIDEO

REVIEWS: WHAT DO THE PUNDITS SAY?

“Book of the Year.”- Trendbeheer.com

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

“Einer visuell und konzeptuell höchst inspirierenden Entdeckungsreise.” – Page Magazine.

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

“Next Nature is een even provocerend als overtuigend boek.” – Metropolis M.

“Techtuur heeft de toekomst.” -NRC Handelsblad.

SPECIFICATIONS
– Format: 472 pages (seven magazines, binded in one soft-cover volume)
– Publisher: Actar, Barcelona / New York.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8492861533 / ISBN-13: 978-8492861538

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Book Concept (5mb, pdf) | Book teaser Excerpt (issuu) | Press Kit (200 mb)

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