Walking on the grass, while there is a road, and feeling rebellious
Manufactured Landscapes

What Is Next Nature? #5

Can you relate to this? You’re walking on the pavement in a park or garden and you want to take a shortcut by crossing a grass field. You step off the road and on the grass, the soft soil underfoot feels comfortable, but it also feels like you’re doing something illegal. You look around expecting signs that say “do not walk on the grass”, but there are none. Indirectly we are taught that nature is something to behold, not to touch.

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Suburban Utopia

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

In the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, something strange is going on. Since a couple of years begging is prohibited there. The beggars were seen as a nuisance, disrupting the picturesque atmosphere of the old city center. Today, however, begging voices are echoing through the streets again. But this time it’s not homeless people, but ghetto blasters that do the begging.

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Anthropocene

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Human impact on this planet is evident, we modified ecosystems and landscapes. Since day one of our appearance on Earth we tried to know, understand and ultimately control our surroundings. Travelers all over the world constantly look for untouched lands and real nature, although lately this is harder and harder. After a long research, scientists now say that untouched nature is almost entirely gone.

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Alternative Currencies

Bodily Currencies: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Forget about the new cashless society that we seem to be racing towards. The latest innovation in money can be seen in bodily fluid currencies. Take human blood as an example. This vital liquid seems an unlikely candidate for a currency, but it has many similarities to how paper money works. We protect it, we can create more of it over time if we need to, we can exchange it, give or receive it, or if we are feeling philanthropic we can donate it. This new currency can not only save someones life, but it can now also get you access to the Untold Music Festival.

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TREEWifi Amsterdam startup
Suburban Utopia

Good Air Quality? You Get Free WiFi

TreeWiFi is an innovative project by an Amsterdam-based startup. They are building birdhouses equipped with a sensor to measure the quality of the air. The sensors used are much cheaper than regular sensors, allowing them to keep the installation of such birdhouses quite low-cost, with the only addiction of a WiFi router.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Office Garden

World’s First 3D Printed Building

The various advantages of 3D printing technology are widely known. According to some, it will radically change how we look at the world in the near future. From healthcare to design, it is already breaking rules and opening many possibilities. Traditional methods of building and food production will probably become obsolete in the next 50 to 100 years. The latest 3D printed breakthrough come from Dubai. They’re calling it the ‘office of the future’ and it is the first completely 3D printed office building.

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car chased from bees for 2 days
Suburban Utopia

Bees to the Rescue of Their Queen

Our peculiar image of the week shows a bee stuck in a woman’s car, but this is no regular insect, we’re talking about the queen. As a consequence, a swarm of bees chased the trunk for two entire days looking for her. Another fascinating example of bee’s dedication to their queen. These worker bees could detect her exact location thanks to a specific pheromone she emits. Tom Moses, national park ranger and bee enthusiast, spotted the 20.000 bees and made sure they were treated with care, because ultimately every bee is precious lately. This honey-making insect is alarmingly disappearing, while being incredibly essential to our environment.

Image via Tom Moses

Using your two eyes to watch three screens at once
Information Decoration

What Is Next Nature? #4

We often divide our attention between multiple screens at once. Watching television, chatting, browsing, gaming, emailing and scanning social media, we like to combine these activities simultaneously. A growing part of our lives enfolds itself inside screens. Life seems easier there, richer in color, happier and more exciting. But once you’re drawn in, it’s difficult to get out. It wants you to stay there, it cries for your attention: it buzzes, rings and lights up until you cannot ignore it any longer. Do you still dare to look away?

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Manufactured Landscapes

A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

Terrapattern is a new search engine that allows users to seek out similar-looking locations from aerial perspective and finds connections between different landscapes and human-built environments. Its potential is very wide, it is a powerful tool for everyone, from researchers to designers or artists. The concept is simple, you click on a single place on the map, like a tennis court or a pool, then the search engine works its magic. A clever algorithm ties together similar shapes of different colors and shapes, giving the user a unique selection of similar environments.

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Wild Systems

Who Are These Trolls Invading China?

China always had a peculiar relationship with the Internet. It has been intermittent until 1994 and never really free. The government saw it as a danger, but also as a very powerful weapon that they have to control, therefore they implemented a massive surveillance and content control system. As politics in China put great effort into propaganda, they use it as an unbeatable tool of dissemination of news to assure public order. Since 2008 China is also the largest population on the Internet (700M), it goes without saying that it is placed under the supervision of the Chinese Republic itself.

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