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 their parts 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”.
The Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, in the south of The Netherlands, just opened a new exhibition where we discuss the future of in vitro meat. The opening coincided with the second International Conference on Cultured Meat held in Maastricht. It was a unique oportunity to gather scientists, designers and theorists to talk about possible scenarios for lab-grown meat production.
First they banned plastic bags all over the country in July, now they released a new regulation: starting from 2020, no disposable plastic cups, plates and cutlery can be distributed in France. This is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth, the flagship of France’s program to become the world leader in environmental and energy solutions.
After graffiti drones in 2014, German aerial-photography group Cooper Copter is exploring “vandalism 2.0” with drones that throw paint bombs after Reeperbahn Festival invited the collective to develop a performance. The so-called Pollockocopter horizontally fires paint bombs at an enormous screen at a speed of 30 km/h and mimics the action-painting technique of Jackson Pollock, while simultaneously creating something new.
Don’t we all wish to look into someone else’s mind every once in a while? With the evolving technique called EEG, electroencephalography, we can measure brain activity and ultimately even read the brain. The newest inventions are becoming more and more portable, ready to be implemented into our everyday life.
When you think about the lawyer profession you expect men reading cases and researching law books day and night. Well, there is an artificial intelligent robot called ROSS that is taking over the work of thousands of lawyers. Working non-stop, reading faster then any human attorney can do.