Calm-technology

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A critical and visual take on culturally emerged Nature. Full of statements from designers and thinkers from around the globe. Wild systems, Genetic Surprises, Calm Technology, Autonomous Machinery and Splendidly Beautiful Black Flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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Editors: Koert van Mensvoort, Mieke Gerritzen, Michiel Schwarz, Design: Mieke Gerritzen.
140 pages, paperback. ISBN 90 6369 093 2
Bis Publishers, USA Gingko Press

Price: $12.00
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Made-to-debate

They are made out of meat

A short story by Terry Bisson. For those who prefer video to literature, there’s also this seven-minute film adaptation.

“They’re made out of meat.”
“Meat?”
“Meat. They’re made out of meat.”
“Meat?”
“There’s no doubt about it. We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.”

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Calm-technology

Eternal Sunset

Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different webcams, chasing the sunset around the globe. This service is currently provided through the use of 209 west-facing webcams across 41 countries.

www.eternalsunset.net

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Back to the Tribe

What to do with your cat?

Our relation with the animals we consume is very remote nowadays. The meat in the supermarket is abstract and square. You might consider a vegetarian life style. No? Then you might consider making your own designers bag from your cat.

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Bionics

Bioplastic

Bioplastics are a form of plastics derived from plant sources such as hemp oil, soy bean oil and corn starch rather than traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum. This is regarded as a much more sustainable activity, as it relies considerably less on fossil fuel imports and produces less greenhouse emissions. In addition, bioplastics are truly Biodegradable, as opposed to what is traditionally referred to as “biodegradable plastic”, which is derived from petroleum and is mixed with heavy metals which will cause polyethylene to break down.

www.earthscan.co.uk

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Digital-Presence

PictoOrphanage

PictoOrphanage opened its gates to all abandoned creatures we thought should be saved from falling into oblivion. these helpless, lonely waifs and strays could be found everywhere: on package designs, shop signs or old posters, looking up at you through unhappy little eyes, desperate for your help. We tenderly took in the poor little loves and provided them with the warmth and affection they truly deserved. PictoOrphanage paired-up over 1,250 lonely and abandoned orphans with loving, giving, ideally-suited foster parents.

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Dynamic-architecture

Dynamic Terrain

Regular furniture is quite static. You can move it around, but 90% of the time you’re not using it and it is just standing there in your room. So boring! But if Janis gets his way, your room will be like a dynamic terrain. This prototype uses computer controlled drills to create the dynamic effect.

www.janisland.com | Quicktime movie

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