Author: Rolf Coppens

Back to the Tribe

The peoples gardens

Volkstuintjes (or peoples gardens) might be a typical Dutch / European tradition, offering gardening space in urban environments in which people don’t have their own gardens. It’s a nice tradition from the…

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Design-for-debate

WAR

Note that this is not an anti-American statement.…

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Dynamic-architecture

Interchange

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Ken Ohyama makes Japanese interchanges look like a beautiful forest. How about a picnic?
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Biomimicmarketing

Power Ivy

Cochran’s sustainable design group, SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) came up with a project called GROW. It’s an Ivy-like covering of a building that generates power out of sun and wind. Read…

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Calm-technology

A view beyond

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Imagine the impossible… a secret transatlantic tunnel running between New York and London, that has lain undisturbed for a hundred years. And imagine an extraordinary optical device allowing people on one side of the world to see right through it to the other side! Welcome to the world of the Telectroscope – a project by British artist Paul St George, designed to provide a window between two cities, from Brooklyn Bridge in New York to Tower Bridge in London.

Made by the people who also made this giant elephant
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Biopolitics

China controls weather for olympics

The sun always shines on TV in China. “At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun shining on…

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manufactured-landscapes

Fatigue Risk Management

“Through individual assessments, employee training and EnergyPods, MetroNaps can help you improve the safety of your workplace, the health of your employees and the productivity of your organization. MetroNaps is the world’s…

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Biopolitics

Google DNA search

Last year Google invested four million in 23andme, a commercial research center that maps out your DNA for 1000 bucks. Now Google also invested in Navigenics, a company that does the same.…

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Design-for-debate

Million dollar burger

PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world’s scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of…

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Calm-technology

Type trousers

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Beauty and the Geek jeans by Erik de Nijs. The trousers offer a full Querty keyboard layout as well as a mouse, speakers and a little joystick. As he calls it: “Beauty is skin deep, Geekness is to the core…”
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Anthropocene

In Space, Nobody Can See You Litter

Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling beyond geostationary orbit…

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Global-Image-Economy

Britney

Nobody in recent history was (and is) made by media like Britney Spears. This one is for you, B. Made by…

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Wild-systems

Traffic nature

Japanese scientists made people drive in circles to find out how traffic jams get born. Related: Human Swarms | Harvesting Traffic Information through GSMs |  The things we design end up designing…

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Fake-nature

Dirt 2.0

To increase decrease CO2 a lot of plans are made to cover city buildings with roof gardens. One problem however is that those gardens tend to be quite heavy. Especially when you…

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