Manufactured Landscapes

Egypt’s First Solar-Powered Village

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.

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NNN fellows discuss design fiction in Amsterdam
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NNN Fellows Discuss Design Fiction

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.

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Meet the Farmer Drone

The Farmer Drone is a hardworking drone that ploughs land, grows crops and milks the cows, all on the same day.

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Innovative Nostalgia

2040: the Year We’ll Know How 2000 Was

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”. 

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Meat the Future

Meat the Future Exhibition

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.

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Wild Systems

Painted by Drones

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.

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Intimate Technology

Will We Share .thought Files?

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.

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