vertical forest
Manufactured Landscapes

When Buildings Become Trees

What if buildings could become trees? That vision is what Italian architect Stefano Boeri is aiming at with his Vertical Foresting. Boeri’s high-rises do not just stand there like trees; in fact, they are “trees”. They emulate how trees function or, to be more exact, how they “breathe”.

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Google Cars Sniff Out Pollution
Suburban Utopia

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Street View allows us to take a (virtual) look at almost any street in the world. Soon enough, it might also make us smell them. In partnership with Aclima, Google has been equipping its cars with various sensors designed to measure urban air pollution. Or, as Aclima CEO Davida Herzl put it: “It’s kind of like we’ve given the cars a nose”.

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Anthropocene

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Human impact on the biosphere is so massive that it triggered a new geological age, the Anthropocene. So far, we have difficulties understand the extent of the influence we have on our planet. A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

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talk with plants
Hypernature

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to have a chat with a plant? If so, make sure to visit the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

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artificial womb series
Next Nature

Read the Entire Artificial Womb Series

Throughout the summer season, we published a timeline series to explore medical, cultural and technological developments in relation to the ectogenesis concept. We started this research with a historical investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction. We listed the key moments in the conception of such technology throughout time, as well as related assisted reproductive technologies, with the aim to develop thought-provoking scenarios and facilitate a much-needed discussion about the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love. Did you miss it? You can still check the entire series here. Looking to contribute? We highly value your feedback or input, contributions can be sent to womb@nextnature.net.

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Wild Systems

When the Sun Casts Its Vote

Voter fraud is a major worry for any democracy, but for the federal election held in the Belgian city of Schaerbeek in 2003 an unlikely culprit was implicated: the sun. After 14 years from that vote, the academic Bhurat Bhuva presented this bizarre conclusion at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Next Nature

Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo, a weekly event held at the FabCafé in Shibuya. Hendrik-Jan Grievink, designer and initiator of the Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg project, shared some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships. An interested group of 25 showed up and discussed the desirability (and possible implications) of assisted reproductive technologies, such as the artificial womb.

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