With modern cutlery we have added a new pair of fingers to the dinner table. We use our augmented hands to prepare, serve and especially eat our food. Needless to say that eating utilities are adjusted to our habits. Due to the predicted food crisis of 2050, we might want to change these habits. Therefore, designer Wataru Kobayashi created BUGBUG, a picnic cutlery set to promote the consumption of insects (entomophagy) .
A Jardin Partagé is a shared community garden born in Lille in 1997. Since its first establishment, this phenomenon has extended across France to stimulate social relationships among the citizens and improve gardening techniques that respect biodiversity. Paris recently approved a new law, which not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them to develop their green thumb.
It’s safe to say there is no shortage of sunlight in the Egyptian desert. While a desert is often seen as a hostile living environment, a village situated around the Bahariya Oasis is demonstrating the contrary. The so-called Tayebat Workers Village is powered by building-integrated solar panels and provides shelter for 350 people, putting sunlight to better use.
Can fictional design lead to solutions towards social problems? What is the point of design fiction if the alternative is feasible? Is this a new hype of designers? Or offers fictional design a mere alternative view to social problems? These were a few the questions raised during the second edition of Toekomstplanners in Pakhuis de Zwijger. Among the participants were NNN fellows Floris Kaayk, Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret, who each contributed with their views on design fiction.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines anemoia as the feeling of nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. This word may not be frequently used, but it describes a common feeling. The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik believes that this longing for the past follows a 40 year cycle, as he explains: “The prime site of nostalgia is always whatever happened, or is thought to have happened, in the decade between forty and fifty years past”.