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Visual of How to design your future family

How to design your future family

Here, you are allowed to design your reproductive lifestyle and intimate relationships without any biological, economical and technological limitations.

Visual of The things we design end up designing us

The things we design end up designing us

"While battling the forces of nature, man has become more and more independent of physical conditions. At the same time, however, he has become more and more dependent of …

Visual of Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Bio design crosses the border between the ‘made’ and the ‘born’. Enabling living organisms as essential design elements, it brings us products that adapt, grow, sense and repair …

Visual of A Designers take on Intelligent Design

A Designers take on Intelligent Design

://nextnature.net A typographical film on the term ' Intelligent Design ' and its relation with design. Created by Christian Bramsiepe from the Köln International School of Design …

Visual of Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

What if design began to put everything but the human first? The needs of the human not paramount to the design process, but instead the other entities that we cohabit planet earth …

Visual of How to design a digital democracy

How to design a digital democracy

10 design requirements to fully immerse ourselves into the 21st Century—in which technology makes our world richer, not poorer.

Visual of How to design your Self

How to design your Self

Who are you, who do you want to be, and what do you need to do to get there? We are constantly pushed to lead the perfect life. The media present us with a picture of an existence …

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and animals. Nowadays, people integrate nature-time, body-time, inner-time, clock-time, and global 24/7 systems-time. Human beings, in past, current and next natures, have to deal with emergence and design of time in order to survive.

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Over time, our bodies, our food and our environment have become more and more subject to design. As designers, we hold the responsibility and have the unique chance to envision …

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

Visual of NATURE: Where biology and design merge

NATURE: Where biology and design merge

Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade and Cooper Hewitt in New York present the comprehensive exhibition NATURE - in which internationally renowned designers, artists and inventors …

Visual of Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

This story is part of Next Generation, a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Artists Paint a Rainbow with Copenhagen's Pigeons

Artists Paint a Rainbow with Copenhagen's Pigeons

If you've noticed candy-colored pigeons flapping through Copenhagen lately, don't blame a freak chemical spill. Artist Julien Charriere and photographer Julius von Bismark have …

Visual of Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

The extent to which new technologies are intervening with everyday life can hardly be underestimated. Virtual realities, nano- and biotechnology are increasingly providing new …

Visual of Dutch Design Award Nomination

Dutch Design Award Nomination

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook is nominated for the 2014 Dutch Design Award!

Visual of There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids - how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the …

Visual of BP logo redesign

BP logo redesign

Over the past few months there has been a lot of commotion about the BP oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. It is considered as the largest offshore spill in U.S. …

Visual of Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution, Tuesday 30th June.

Visual of Design Your Own Vegetables

Design Your Own Vegetables

With her project Future Food Formula, food designer Chloé Rutzerveld is looking for innovative methods to design vegetables.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Some months ago we sent out a call for proposals asking for visions, statements & ideas on we how we can design, build and live in next nature. We received an overwhelming …

Visual of Designing for NextNature @ TU Eindhoven

Designing for NextNature @ TU Eindhoven

Starting February 2009 the Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology takes Next Nature as one of its educational themes. The Industrial Design …

Visual of Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

A respected astrobiologist argues that a radical new process called geoengineering might be the only way to save us from climate change.

Visual of Who designed the banana?

Who designed the banana?

Looking at a banana from a design perspective, one immediately notices the fruit is highly ergonomic and sophisticated: Bananas fit perfectly in the human hand, they come with a …

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.

Visual of Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how synthetic biology inspires her for designing the cars of the future.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop. This weekend at the Media Design Program @ Art Center College of Design . See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Recently some scientists in Britain have recommend planetary ' geoengineering ' to avoid climate change. And as politicians are listening , it is time to explore the options. New …

Visual of The Pigeon that Shat the Golden Soap

The Pigeon that Shat the Golden Soap

Ever wished you could take a shower with pigeon poop? Artist Tuur van Balen proposes changing pigeons from flying rats to cleaning agents. A speculative, specially engineered …

Visual of Design Indaba Interview

Design Indaba Interview

Our South African friends of Design Indaba made a nifty little video of the presentation we did at What Design Can Do this spring.

Visual of Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Designer and architect Neri Oxman explores how digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Watch the TED talk.

Visual of Designed to Survive Our Roads

Designed to Survive Our Roads

A road safety campaign in the Australian state of Victoria exposed an educational, yet confronting picture to raise awareness to the vulnerable human body on the road.

Visual of Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Icelandic Product Design student Ari Jónsson has used red algae powder and water to create a biodegradable water bottle.

Visual of RedesignMe

RedesignMe

We are all born in a world that has been designed already. Cars, dishwashers, dildo's, remote controls, ATM machines. Although these products are supposed to make life better, …

Visual of Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook won the Design Research Award.

Visual of NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Nowadays, children know more corporate logo's and brands than bird or tree species. The average Western person has more worries about the instability of financial markets and …

Visual of Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Created by Bruce Mau , who is not so much interested in the world of design, as in the design of the world. See also Napkin Sketch – Nature changes along with us .

Visual of Want privacy? Use pigeon messaging

Want privacy? Use pigeon messaging

Our society seems to be driven by an obsession of gathering personal data. Yes, they say it is for your own good, so we willingly collaborate by filling in our most intimate …

Visual of Food Design in the 21th Century

Food Design in the 21th Century

Old nature provided us with a wide variety of food: fresh milk, crispy vegetables, nutritious meat. Yet this is not enough, we want more: We want a printed steak , square …

Visual of Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality.

Visual of Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you’ve got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

If we are going to mutate the made & the born, let us at least do this creatively.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

As an organ designer, you develop genetic algorithms from which organs are grown to perfectly fit the recipient’s body, but also to meet the personal wishes of the patient.

Visual of Geogreeting

Geogreeting

The earth holds a message for you! found here: geogreeting.com | related post: stone typography .

Visual of Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

The delicate armchair depicted at left is a Finnish design created in 1931-1932 by architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), who in Scandinavia is sometimes called the …

Visual of Design for dummies

Design for dummies

Creativity for all! Design used to be predestined to a select group of qualified brand–owning designers. That model is made redundant. At least, if it is up to Studio Ludens in …

Visual of Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

If you happen to be in the neighborhood you may want to attend the Next Nature lecture at the Island Design March on March 22 in the "most northerly capital in the world". If you …

Visual of Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Wanted: New jobs for humans and robots! Which designers, technicians, robot enthusiasts will help us with innovative, feasible ideas for the new jobs of the future?

Visual of Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk at the Art Center College of Design on March 5th. See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

Welcome to the 11 part series The Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Product Design. In this series, we will be examining how designers can better integrate human-like forms or …

Visual of Using Pigeons as Protestors

Using Pigeons as Protestors

Artist Jaroslav Kyša has invented a novel form of social protest . By scattering seed in front of targets in London, he can attract droves of pigeons that disrupt shoppers and …

Visual of NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

Our traveling NANO Supermarket is nominated for a Dutch Design Award. Winners will be announced late October.

Visual of Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Plastic artist Agi Haines explores hypothetical scenarios for surgically implanted body enhancements in babies.

Visual of Designer pets

Designer pets

If your house just isn't big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I …

Visual of Design = No sign

Design = No sign

The Wilson Quarterly profiles the in January 2008 departed traffic engineer, Hans Monderman , of the "less is more" school of traffic control: " (...) Previously, Monderman, like …

Visual of Design Your Sims

Design Your Sims

IKEA is going to sell furniture with Electronic Arts via The Sims 2 game. Soon, it will be possible for you game addicts, to refurbish your Sims living room into your own …

Visual of A €1,174 Chicken Coop for the Bourgeois Farmer

A €1,174 Chicken Coop for the Bourgeois Farmer

Long for farm-fresh eggs on the table? Dream about going to bed each night worrying about racoons, rats and foxes? Like the feeling of scraping chicken shit off your hands? For …

Visual of Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

It's more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a …

Visual of Designer babies: the kids of the future?

Designer babies: the kids of the future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism?

Visual of Dog Design

Dog Design

Highly designed pet products—

Visual of Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Visual of Debugged: 'Graphic Design Bugs'

Debugged: 'Graphic Design Bugs'

The Eindhoven-based design team ' Edhv ' made an installation to turn creepy crawlers into genuine graphic designers. By letting crickets, woodlice, ants and many other insects …

Visual of Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

According to this fictitious future medical bill almost every part of the human body will be repairable in 2028. Gut bacteria replacement, Bone tissue growth for skull repair, …

Visual of Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that four of their “ REMUS 100 ” unmanned underwater vehicles sailed off-radar and stopped responding to commands. The ‘bots were part of a …

Visual of George's Next Nature Testimonial

George's Next Nature Testimonial

We've asked our followers to send in testimonials on the Next Nature Appzine. George got it right.

Visual of Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

This whole week you can come and taste meat ice at Le Bistro In Vitro in the main hall of Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of The Designer who Grows Furniture

The Designer who Grows Furniture

Gavin Munro is creating a farm where planted trees can be grown around braces and harvested as fully formed chairs, sculptures, lamps, and tables.

Visual of Banana by Design

Banana by Design

If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.

Visual of Geography Class via Smartphone

Geography Class via Smartphone

A new Google Maps app is designed to get kids exploring the Himalayas without having to actually go outside.

Visual of Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science …

Visual of Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere . With the great pacific garbage patch now twice …

Visual of Lecture @ Design Academy

Lecture @ Design Academy

If you happen to be in the neighborhood this Wednesday...

Visual of Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

A Chinese inventor created a $24,500 robot from junkyard scraps.

Visual of Design by Termite

Design by Termite

Why not outsource your laser engraving jobs to termites?

Visual of Hemihelix: A New Geometric Shape

Hemihelix: A New Geometric Shape

Rubber band distortions lead to discovery of a new shape called hemihelix.

Visual of Geothermal Beach

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach in Reykjavik to go at the seaside all year round.

Visual of Design Looking Backwards

Design Looking Backwards

Should digital technology imitate that which exists, or could it also surpass it?

Visual of Geometry in the Sky

Geometry in the Sky

Planes flying overhead form a nextnatural sky.

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

Innovative Nostalgia

We humans simply feel more comfortable with technological change when it comes in a familiar form that refers to an existing and accepted object, habit, value, tradition or intuition.

Visual of Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

As a young bio designer at the start of your career, you'll have to overtake all kinds of obstacles. From the collection of living materials to working in a laboratory and …

Visual of Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists and designers, yet the urgency to connect to nature is more pressing than ever. Environmental issues such as …

Visual of Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview with Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.

Visual of How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

Humans have been manipulating living things for thousands of years. Examples of early biotechnologies include domesticating plants and animals and then selectively breeding them …

Visual of Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology, Pauline van Dongen researches the human body in relation to its surroundings.

Visual of In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something …

Visual of Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Before we can decide if we will ever be willing to eat in-vitro, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us.

Visual of Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

We recently handed this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open sourced recycling machines, he provides people around the world the knowledge to start recycling plastic locally.

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Food and Concept designer, Chloé Rutzerveld, explains her 3D food printing project Edible Growth.

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

We live in a world of fast or disposable fashion. This industry is increasingly impacting the environment due to the use of toxic chemicals, water and energy consumption, heavy …

Visual of Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

Visual of Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Interview with Govert Flint, designer, architect and self-taught artist.

Visual of Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

Visual of Designer Anouk Wipprecht combines fashion with robotics

Designer Anouk Wipprecht combines fashion with robotics

We met Anouk Wipprecht and talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

Visual of What an artificial womb may look like in the future

What an artificial womb may look like in the future

In the future, artificial wombs could replace incubators as they mimic the natural environment of the female uterus. But what will these devices look like?

Visual of Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Visual of Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Lining up plans for Dutch Design Week ? Once more, 2600 designers gather in over 120 locations during 450 events. So whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, …

Visual of Sitting on Tofu

Sitting on Tofu

Italian Designer discovers new material. A ideal throne for a vegan king.

Visual of Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Hyundai envisions a future where your smart home is your driverless car, and vice versa.

Visual of Human Nature, designing the equilibrium with Koert van Mensvoort

Human Nature, designing the equilibrium with Koert van Mensvoort

Under the title Human Nature, designing the equilibrium, eleven designers will answer questions about a future in which Humankind and Nature enter into a new relationship. An …

Visual of Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

The world of design is in need of new materials that align with the urgency for sustainability. Issues such as climate change, plastic waste and harmful materials require us to …

Visual of Tulip Island - Design a Polder

Tulip Island - Design a Polder

A proposal to gain 600.000 m 2 of land near the Dutch coast recently came from the CDA (Dutch Christian-Democratic political party). The idea is to create a tulip-shaped island …

Visual of Nurturing Architecture

Nurturing Architecture

The way we currently build is not sustainable. We will have to develop a sustainable living environment that matches our human needs, intuitions and potential.

Visual of Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Designers face an unprecedented urgency to alter their methods and reprioritize their goals to address the accelerating degradation of the environment. This new …

Visual of Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Biotechnology is nearly as old as humanity itself. The food you eat and the pets you love? You can thank our ancestors for kickstarting the agricultural revolution, using …

Visual of The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

  Is human activity altering the planet on a scale comparable to major geological events of the past? Scientists are now considering whether to officially designate a new …

Visual of A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A stunning pre-history of the anthropocene

Visual of Nine creatives in biotech you need to know right now

Nine creatives in biotech you need to know right now

The field of biofabrication is still new to most people. As founder and CEO of Biofabricate, Suzanne Lee shared with us this exciting online event series Creatives in Biotech . If …

Visual of Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Urban Skyfarm is a giant tree-shaped farm system for environmental improvement in food production and distribution.

Visual of Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Asian architects of AT Design Office want to build an incredible floating underwater metropolis that is also self-sufficient.

Visual of An introduction to Biomimicry

An introduction to Biomimicry

The first time I explained biomimicry to a stranger was not in a talk or a workshop but in a big-box bookstore just after Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature had come out. I …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning …

Visual of Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of A message from volcanic rocks

A message from volcanic rocks

Although it’s seductive to think of human beings as the dominant species on earth, many others play important roles too. Bacteria, insects, algae colonies, rocks and the …

Visual of Blocking the sun with dust

Blocking the sun with dust

In the past few years, scientists have hatched some pretty crazy-sounding schemes in the name of protecting Earth and its inhabitants. From building an underwater wall 120 …

Visual of Interview Matilde Boelhouwer: Making urban environments flower again

Interview Matilde Boelhouwer: Making urban environments flower again

Matilde Boelhouwer is a designer whose work speculates between art, design, science, biology and food. Matilde shapes this obligation into a studio which mainly focuses on the …

Visual of Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

As modern humans, we are out of balance with our natural environment. With use of technology, we try to prolong our human lifespan and create materials that live longer than we …

Visual of Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

While Elon Musk may be trying to initiate efforts to colonize Mars, scientists on Earth are attempting to build an accurate digital twin of the planet to simulate in the future. …

Visual of Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview with Liam Young on his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role in nature as humans.

Visual of Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Notes on the plastisphere

Notes on the plastisphere

Every piece of plastic that’s ever made, still exists. It results in a floating garbage dump in the ocean, full of life. While this (geo)design was never intentional, humans …

Visual of There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

So you’re triggered by our call for products and now you’re considering to send in one, two or maybe three of your brilliant products for the Nano Supermarket? Good. Or – and this …

Visual of On the origin of the e-bike

On the origin of the e-bike

The oldest known serious candidate forerunner for the bicycle is the ‘running machine’ built by the German Baron Karl von Drais. His two-wheeled machine became known as the …

Visual of Beijing's dust storm: part humans, part nature

Beijing's dust storm: part humans, part nature

The skies in Beijing turned orange recently, thanks to what was widely reported as a massive sandstorm . The problem, at least in terms of public health, is that it was not …

Visual of Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

Visual of Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphobia

Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

Visual of Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Rachel Armstrong discusses living buildings, Venice's foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future.

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Max Liboiron: "Pollution is Colonialism"

We now live in a world where plastics are becoming a part of our marine ecosystems. As a result, we strive hard to clean the plastics from our oceans. Dr. Max Liboiron ( Michif …

Visual of FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

Bacteria are traditionally perceived as infectious and unhealthy, but that is about to change. This week designer Jan van der Asdonk graduated from the Next Nature Lab at the TU/e …

Visual of NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

After the successful introduction of the NANO Supermarket in 2010 it became even more clear that the contest and the presented results produced discussions and many challenges to …

Visual of Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on …

Visual of Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

The idea of colonizing Mars has become the big speculative future of humanity on Earth. But, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has radically different ideas to contribute to the …

Visual of Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference …

Visual of The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

Solar cells are often considered an eyesore, used for their sustainability yet not for their beauty. Installed on roofs or in solar parks, they take up precious space. Well that’s …

Visual of How telecommunication cables could help detect earthquakes

How telecommunication cables could help detect earthquakes

At the bottom of the Earth’s oceans lies an intricate network of over a million kilometres of fibre optic cables. These cables were laid on the seabed by telecommunication …

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Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

The Sun is the most important source of energy for sustaining life on Earth, but it gives us a lot more than just light and heat. It also gives us solar storms.

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Next Nature Interview

For the Venezuelan Magazine Platanoverde , Gabriela Valdivieso y Lope Gutiarrez-Ruiz interviewed artist/scientist Koert van Mensvoort and discussed some of the idea's behind Next …

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Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius …

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Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

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The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses the promises and realities of synthetic biology.

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Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

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ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

We asked Ritsert Mans, our second ECO coin award nominee about his bike, the technology that fuels it and his hopes for the future.

Visual of GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

Look around you and try to find the most natural thing in the room you are in now. It is you. But for how long? Welcome to the wonderful world of bio design ; a world full of …

Visual of Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

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An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

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Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

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Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink  will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature …

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Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

Anton Repponen's project places iconic NY buildings in organic, untouched environments to put them in the spotlight.

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Air Pollution Mask for Kids

Danish design studio Kilo created an air pollution mask suitable for kids aged six and up.

Visual of The City as Technology in Tokyo

The City as Technology in Tokyo

Are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo.

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Five must-see exhibitions before 2020

A large-scale asian food market serving in vitro meat, a transatlantic expo on the future of nature and a travelling exhibition that explores our relationship with AI. These five …

Visual of Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Meet Pirjo Kääriäinen, professor of design driven fibre innovation at Aalto University, Finland. Kääriäinen founded CHEMARTS —a collaborative program at the university that brings …

Visual of Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Would you like to see your work here?  Get in touch …

Visual of Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

The world is developing, climate change is happening and it's time for us to do something. Now. One strategy would be to simply stop eating meat — or at least reduce the amount of …

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Furniture Futures

Wondering how next natural furniture may change your way of life? Will we feed our lamps? Grow chairs? Talk with our tables?

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The World Without Technology

I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke – their food, …

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The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

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Little Green Cows

The world is alight with algae fever. In this age of deep ecological design aspirations, the range of speculative design projects based on algae technology is growing. Algae are …

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

Visual of Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

The next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are escaping control, becoming autonomous, and forming the “next nature”.

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

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If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose?

Color-blind artist Neil Harbisson designed a brain-implanted antenna that converts colors into sound. This enables him to hear colors he cannot see, and extends his vision to …

Visual of Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Go forward to nature at the La Fabrique du Vivant (the Factory of Life), the newly opened exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Exhibiting the recent works of fifty …

Visual of How fungi can help create a green construction industry

How fungi can help create a green construction industry

The world of fungi has attracted a lot of interest and seems to be becoming very fashionable of late. A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, for example, is dedicated to …

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Exploring Next Nature (2004)

The first essay ever written on Next Nature, published in Next Nature Pocket and in Entry Paradise, New Design Worlds . ( download pdf ) (German version: Erkundungen im Nächste …

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Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

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The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

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Plastic Planet

We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and throwaway bottles. But as an experiment, imagine for a moment …

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NANO Supermarket Best Product 2014

A jury of design and science experts awarded the best NANO Supermarket product a € 2.500 prize.

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Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems like science fiction may be the job market of tomorrow: 11 professions of the future.

Visual of Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Visual of Transportations Of The Future

Transportations Of The Future

A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation.

Visual of Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

We recently talked with Suzanne Lee about the textile industry and technology, growing leather in the lab, and the use of new alternative materials in the future of fashion.

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Flying Car Modular Transport System

Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular urban land and air transport system.

Visual of Ermi van Oers wants to bring  living light to your living room

Ermi van Oers wants to bring living light to your living room

The Living Light harnesses plant energy to provide light. We spoke to its designer, Ermi van Oers, to find out more about the unique product.

Visual of 3D-printing food waste into tasty products

3D-printing food waste into tasty products

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this. Food waste is one of the biggest climate …

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Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

Hooray! The team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

Trading animal skins for pixels, our digital selves call for a digital wardrobe. The Institute of Digital Fashion , led by CommuneEast founder Leanne Elliott Young and Digi-Gxl …

Visual of Fresh from the Pharm

Fresh from the Pharm

Will we in the future still buy several needs according food in shops, or will we grow M&M’s ourselves? There is a lot happening on in the field of food technology , think for …

Visual of Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Invasive species become the animal symbols for a man-made world.

Visual of Nike Robotic Sneakers

Nike Robotic Sneakers

Futuristic Nike sneakers for robots.

Visual of The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

Objects that normally used to surround us became more and more virtual, radically changing the aspect of our workplace.

Visual of Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

From August 1 till 16 2015, Next Nature Network’s art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will be co-tutor of the GDA Summer Sessions.

Visual of NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

We officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands. To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin.

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I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read Nicholas Carr's essay on the transhumanist dream of having wings.

Visual of Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

The artificial womb is on the verge of becoming a reality, but how it will affect our culture is for us to decide.

Visual of The Economy of Ecology

The Economy of Ecology

What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and the planet we call home? What would the economy of ecology look like?

Visual of Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Do you ever look at the bonnet of a car and see a face? Now, designers are looking at how to give self-driving cars the friendliest "faces" they can through anthropomorphism.

Visual of Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change, yet this is still our main source of energy. Much of this energy …

Visual of Your next doctor might just be a robot

Your next doctor might just be a robot

Conventional wisdom says that you can’t replace the human touch in terms of medical care, but in our rapidly changing technological environment, it appears that this perception …

Visual of Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine. The …

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Future Food, the exhibition

Imagine, it’s 2050 and you are feeling hungry. What will be on your plate? Where will your food come from, and how will it be produced? It may be juicy ants from the nearest …

Visual of Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

As evolution goes on, the human body is evolving too. What does it mean to be human in times of advanced biotechnology and genetic engineering? Are our bodies ready for our …

Visual of 10 Biomimic Gadgets

10 Biomimic Gadgets

Coming across an image like this, makes one wonder at first: is it a giant punch-bag? Some sort of soft water-drop-sculpture? No, it is the Emergency Outdoor Survival Cocoon , …

Visual of IVY - hard disk cover evolves with your data

IVY - hard disk cover evolves with your data

IVY is an external hard disk which shows the content of the hard disk on its skin. When no data is stored on IVY, its skin will remain blank. When you purchase IVY, it appears to …

Visual of Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen - strategy, planning and design on the city. In the virtual world 'Second Life' everything is possible. That's most obvious in the …

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Crowdsourced drink

Remember the days when the flavor of a fruity drink was simply connected to an apple, orange, strawberry, kiwi, or perhaps – if you felt really exotic – an acai berry? Nowadays we …

Visual of Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

The world of tissue engineering is usually associated with medical applications . But how about some tissue engineered toys? The Epidermits toy is the Karten Design firm 's …

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Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

So, you are aware biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now eager to …

Visual of Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Think about a spoon. Now think about a spoon with a face. What do you …

Visual of The Anthropocene Explosion

The Anthropocene Explosion

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force.

Visual of The Biosphere Code Manifesto

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

During the event The Biosphere Code, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

Visual of From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

Chloé Rutzerveld presents a modern version of the iconic stroopwafel, fully made of vegetables.

Visual of Meat the Future Exhibition

Meat the Future Exhibition

From October 11 to June 11 we will discuss the future of meat at Cube Deign Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) with the exhibition Meat the Future.

Visual of Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

The Scrip, a new universal cash device is bringing back the old metallic sparkle of the money and mixing it with today’s technology in order to fill the deficiencies of our credit and debit cards.

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Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the "Age of Plastic". The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force.

Visual of Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

We recently spoke to Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of Momemtum9, and unveil the overlapping themes to the next nature philosophy.

Visual of Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

Always thinking about food? What about food that doesn’t exist yet? On the 18th of September at De Studio, Next Nature Network will host a night of talks on the future of food and …

Visual of Next Generation: Why Annie Larkins' egg project is essential for future food thinking

Next Generation: Why Annie Larkins' egg project is essential for future food thinking

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Next Nature XL showcase in China: in pictures

We are proud to invite you to our largest showcase (so far), currently on display at OCT Art & Design in Shenzhen, China. Spanning across three floors, with a total surface of …

Visual of Next Nature Future Lab plan granted €2m funding

Next Nature Future Lab plan granted €2m funding

Hooray! This just in: Next Nature Network is granted a significant contribution from the Dutch government intended to develop a Future Lab for design & technology in Eindhoven …

Visual of POND: A symphony of lights and water

POND: A symphony of lights and water

Have you ever gone a day without water? Most likely you have experienced low energy levels or fatigue after a few couple of hours. Water gives us energy. More than that, water is …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and …

Visual of Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

In imagining future urban landsapes, we need to answer questions about what can be sustained and what cannot, where cities can be located and where they cannot.

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Better than the real thing

Written by Debbie Mollenhagen PART 1: FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR Designer living has become designing life. I often ask myself: did it taste like the real thing? But when I open my …

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Slogan

The things we design will end up designing us. Slogan of the week. Retrieved from the essay Exploring Next Nature .

Visual of The 21th Century Paradigm

The 21th Century Paradigm

The history of art through the ages reveals a constancy that, by conscious or unconscious applications, provides us with an omnipresent correlation dealing with the …

Visual of Fake-Space Race

Fake-Space Race

Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace . Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don't make sense in a virtual environment. The …

Visual of BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

May 17th 2008. Biggest Visual Power Show: Next Nature in LA . More pictures below. We are all born in a world that has been designed already. BVPS intro video by Floris Kaayk. Big …

Visual of Crash course on synthetic genomics

Crash course on synthetic genomics

Next Monday when your colleagues ask you what you have been doing for the weekend, you might answer you something default like you went out with friends, danced, biked to the …

Visual of Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek discusses the 'naturalization' of capitalism and how ecology became a new field of capitalist investment. He also argues that the ultimate …

Visual of Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Mushroom based plastics? Designer Eben Bayer must have eaten too much of the wondrous chanterelles perhaps? No seriously, the man is turning his vision into a reality with an …

Visual of Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Once, we wore footwear to protect our feet from the hostile influences of our natural environment. But with the replacement of our natural environment by a world of design, the …

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Infotizement Call For Entries

In anticipation of the forthcoming Next Nature book, we call upon you, dearest creatives, to submit a fictitious editorial advertisement: The Infotizement. The infotizement is a …

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Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

The Bio Robot fridge is a speculative product that uses a non sticky, odourless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. The idea is that the gel cools by absorbing heat …

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Urban Dolls

The idea of altering your body for aesthetic purposes is still somewhat frowned upon today. But more than because the very idea of improving yourself, this is about its …

Visual of #11: Don’t Use Anthropomorphism if it Does Not Serve Any Purpose

#11: Don’t Use Anthropomorphism if it Does Not Serve Any Purpose

Part 11 of the series 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design Anthropomorphism can be a powerful tool in product design. But there are also risks involved that urge …

Visual of Meat, the Expectations

Meat, the Expectations

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it’s becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today. Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers …

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End of Life Care Machine

Designer, artist and engineer  Dan Chen has developed the ' End of Life Care Machine ', a machine designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. …

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Is the Human Body Redundant?

The increasing ‘liveliness’ of machines and accessibility to the virtual world has raised questions about whether it is possible to uncouple the mind from the body in through a …

Visual of Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

How geology and humanity turn ancient algae into high-tech gadgets.

Visual of Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear

Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear

Algae as the future alternative fuel for the human body.

Visual of A Registered Landscape

A Registered Landscape

Tuscany is known for its natural beauty. But only a few know that this wonderful landscape is actually a really good design work.

Visual of Growing the Future of Meat

Growing the Future of Meat

Outside of the limits imposed by the edges of an animal’s body, the cells can reproduce and multiply until they exhaust the nutrients and space provided, filling petri dishes and vats to grow the future of meat.

Visual of From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

Dutch architect Chris Collaris and designers Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde, saw a new sustainable potential in discarded mega oil tankers in the Southern …

Visual of Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Hydroceramic: a composite material able to lower the temperature of an interior space by five degrees Celsius.

Visual of Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Can we have pretty power stations? The design of power stations is becoming more appealing.

Visual of Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully. Although we can’t see it, the animal’s surface is covered with dust, …

Visual of A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

The elderly may toss their walkers for this robotic suit.

Visual of Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb.

Visual of Next hospitals: How virtual reality is shaping the future of medicine

Next hospitals: How virtual reality is shaping the future of medicine

And it’s already showing incredible results. VR transports us to faraway worlds without even asking us to leave our chairs. Yet we usually hear about it in the context of video …

Visual of Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

As early as 2009-10 , researchers were looking at Twitter data mining as a way to predict the incidence of flu. At the time, the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” had made the jump from …

Visual of How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

Leather is one of the oldest and most versatile materials in the world. It’s a supple, tough, relatively strong and durable material and it’s relatively impermeable, yet …

Visual of Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

In configuring our next nature, artists and scientists explore new languages that move beyond the Anthropocene - the era of human beings. These semantics would bridge the gap …

Visual of 10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

Summer is here and the sun is out, and yes, this is awesome. After a long day in the sizzling summer sun, you get a group of people together to share some delicious food, …

Visual of Next Generation: Grow old technologically with Prosthetic X

Next Generation: Grow old technologically with Prosthetic X

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

Today we cannot meet, touch or hug our loved ones. And while we all like the feeling of the touch of another human being, physical contact does not just feel nice, it is crucial …

Visual of Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Virtual makeup: maybe they're born with it, maybe it’s XR

Virtual makeup: maybe they're born with it, maybe it’s XR

As our reality exists increasingly within digital realms, our virtual world demands a virtual identity. Our work is hybrid, our social identity is online and our connection is …

Visual of Sketch furniture

Sketch furniture

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space? This is a question that Front Design have just asked in their project Sketch Furniture. "The …

Visual of Technology behind Google's results

Technology behind Google's results

As a Google user, you're familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? …

Visual of Sneak Preview Food

Sneak Preview Food

Lets face it: we spoiled western people are pretty much imprisoned by our self created safe environments and remotely disconnected from the wonders and chaotic surprises of old …

Visual of Italians Do It Better

Italians Do It Better

TERRACINA, Italy: Before Michele Assunto hauls in his fishing net from the banks of a reed-lined canal here, he uses a pole to push the garbage out of the way. "They really need …

Visual of A Society of Simulations

A Society of Simulations

An interviewer once asked Pablo Picasso why he paints such strange pictures instead of painting things the way they are. Picasso asks the man what he means. The man then takes out …

Visual of Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Students of the Next Nature Theme at TU/e Industrial design in Eindhoven decided to jungle-up their working environment a bit with the corporate animal wallpaper. Hand painted (!) …

Visual of Do It Yourself Pet

Do It Yourself Pet

Image: A. Sidorov Have you ever fantasized about creatures which carry the biggest smile? Or creatures which are so deeply covered with fur that you wish they were real? Good …

Visual of DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

Drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems. It's an installation about the Urine to Fertilzer DIY …

Visual of A New Take on the Tree

A New Take on the Tree

Many people will have heard of the infamous swastika made up of larches that  revealed itself every autumn in a forest outside Berlin . The trees, which turned yellow at the end …

Visual of Facing your Car

Facing your Car

Do cars have a face? You would be inclined to say yes immediately. And you would be right as well, because they do. Study has confirmed through a complex statistical analysis that …

Visual of Kinetic architecture

Kinetic architecture

Architecture has now come to a stage where the technical possibilities seem limitless. Buildings become more fluent, dynamic and organic. Examples can be found in most buildings …

Visual of Morphing Cutlery

Morphing Cutlery

Imagine a world where the shapes of all objects around you would be able to change on the fly. Envision a future where nanotechnology and morphing become ubiquitous and blend in …

Visual of Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

For other entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   People have evolutionarily built-in mechanisms that help us to …

Visual of Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Just like corn, bananas , and essentially any other plant we cultivate, the Cutie mandarin is the result of a concerted effort to produce an ideal food. Mandarin oranges come from …

Visual of Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Anthropomorphic products enter the human social space. Humans have the most complex social behavior of any organism on Earth. Anyone or anything trying to join in should be careful to do it right.

Visual of Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Unpolished creativity at the Next Nature lab from the Industrial Design Department at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of Let's Build a Garden on Mars

Let's Build a Garden on Mars

One would need a gardening robot, fitted plant species and some kind of dome structure for the plants to grow in.

Visual of 3D Print Your Thoughts

3D Print Your Thoughts

How incredible would it be to imagine a thing and have it magically appear in concrete form? After food , organs  and virtuality , here comes the thought printer!  Thinkerthing , …

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Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

3D printed organs are on the way. Could they be designed to be aesthetically appealing?

Visual of Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Visual of NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

During the 2014 Dutch Design Week, the NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative nano products.

Visual of 3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Italian research studio is working on EYE: a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation.

Visual of Modern Times Emergency Kit

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won't do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well.

Visual of Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, …

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Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Scientists in Harvard University have designed a new material inspired by organisms, such as cacti, that can effectively harvest water from thin air.

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Fellow Day: Next Senses

On June 17th a NNN Fellow Day was organized to explore the future project: Next Senses.

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Rating the Reputation Economy

Our online reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

Visual of Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Last week The Hague hosted a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture.

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are littered everywhere. But now, two Dutch designers have come up with a unique solution to the problem: the Crowbar.

Visual of The making of the Modular Body

The making of the Modular Body

Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos!

Visual of The Next Nature Guide to Games in 2017

The Next Nature Guide to Games in 2017

In the next nature, many people spend as much time in the digital world of gaming as they do in the real world. We have covered video games before, but this year we thought it …

Visual of Opening HUBOT at DDW

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT , job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt , as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual …

Visual of Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

This group of 14 designers, engineers, builders and architects make a proposal of a wall for Trump's ambitious project.

Visual of Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

The Pink Chicken Project suggests modifying chickens’ DNA in order to send a message about our Earth health.

Visual of Technosphere Weighs 30 Trillion Tons

Technosphere Weighs 30 Trillion Tons

If humans would disappear from the face of the Earth today, we would still leave 30 trillion tons of mass in the geological record. Certainly, "we were here" is written all over.

Visual of How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

As if stand-alone technologies weren’t advancing fast enough, we’re in age where we must study the intersection points of these technologies. How is what’s happening in robotics …

Visual of How will the artificial womb affect society?

How will the artificial womb affect society?

Where contraceptives such as the pill disconnect sex from reproduction, in vitro fertilisation disconnects contraception from sex, and the artificial womb would disconnect the …

Visual of The real-life gruesome experiments that inspired Frankenstein

The real-life gruesome experiments that inspired Frankenstein

On January 17 1803, a young man named George Forster was hanged for murder at Newgate prison in London. After his execution, as often happened, his body was carried ceremoniously …

Visual of Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

There it is. A hefty hen, with its head up high and its beak out. And a gigantic VR headset over its beady little eyes. What does this battery hen see? ‘An experience of a free …

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The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers …

Visual of Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Meet the teledildonics, an ingenious species of bi-directionally controlled sextoys from the future, available today. These touch emulating vibrators find each other on social sex …

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Artificial womb: Are we ready?

“Within a few years it will be possible for a premature baby to continue to mature in an artificial womb,” says gynecologist Guid Oei. It is therefore that the Artificial Womb: …

Visual of Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

As we go about our daily activities, we may lose sight of our connections with nonhuman life. Here are three exhibitions to encourage you to step outside of your everyday and …

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Watch: BBC reports on world's first artificial womb for humans

Now that the team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

When you look through a super-telescope, you can still see the planet Earth. Once called the blue planet, she now looks red and parched. We had no choice but to abandon her… On a …

Visual of The Solar Home

The Solar Home

Today, solar is science. But why can’t energy be beautiful too?

Visual of Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature ) by Koert van Mensvoort , published in Entry Paradise, Neue Welten des Designs, Gerhard Seltman, Werner …

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The Sleeping Garden

How to design an expierience of retrieving in nature in the middle of Holland's second-biggest city? Design a park, built entirely from used railway sleepers. That was the basic …

Visual of Call for Proposals: One Day left!

Call for Proposals: One Day left!

One week left to send in your Designing for Next Nature proposals in round #1 . A selection of the proposals of round#1 is invited for a 5 minute presentation on 23 November 2007 …

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Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

The free cultural paper Amsterdam Weekly discusses the Natural Revolution of and includes tree tips for successful living in the next version of nature. Download PDF (148kb) . …

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Bananawall

Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister . It is made of 7200 banana's. …

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Build a better being

Will Wright's hugely successful games SimCity and The Sims let players shape the structure of urban areas and the lives of virtual humans; his upcoming game, Spore , lets them …

Visual of Playing with Dry Water

Playing with Dry Water

The Waterboard is an interactive installation by Mike Burton giving the user a chance to play with water without getting wet. By drawing lines on the whiteboard, the water will …

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Popple

With her babybunnies series provocateur/artist/designer Tinkebell aims to provide an analysis of the consumptive attitude people have in relation to their pets. This latest work – …

Visual of Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made . Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University …

Visual of A plate that regulates the speed of eating

A plate that regulates the speed of eating

Many people tend to eat too fast. As a result they do not receive signals from the stomach that they are in fact full. The result can be overeating and obesity . To encounter …

Visual of Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

No, this is not another example in our fake for real series , comparing an artificial with a human hand. Rather, you are looking at twice the same hand: with and without its …

Visual of Favorite explorations of 2009

Favorite explorations of 2009

As we bid farewell to 2009, it’s a good time to look back at our explorations of the year. Here are some of our most popular and peculiar posts, in case you missed them the first …

Visual of Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

With the emergence of mobile phones, classical phone booths are used less and less. Seems like the Dutch telecoms operator KPN is re-tooling its phone booths to function as …

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Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Have you heard the buzz on virtual money in online games? Some years ago the first virtual millionaire was announced, yet there have also been reports on people being practically …

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Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and …

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Digital Gastronomy

The food printer seems to be one of those lustrous concepts that continues to pop-up in the fantasy of techno-connoisseurs. Some years ago James King already proposed a printed …

Visual of Friendly Vending Machine

Friendly Vending Machine

Designer Guus Baggermans was quite annoyed by the clumsy impoliteness of current vending machines, that typically require you to enter some abstract number to select your drink or …

Visual of Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

My name is Jason Silva. I've spent the last 5 years hosting and producing a tv show on Al Gore's Emmy-winning Current TV network and I'm a fellow at the Hybrid Realities …

Visual of Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

If you haven't read the recently posted essay " Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species ?", you probably won't understand much of the following. Anyhow, I'd want to …

Visual of Recycled Island

Recycled Island

Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating …

Visual of Self–Repairing Architecture

Self–Repairing Architecture

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of …

Visual of Afterlife for Atheists

Afterlife for Atheists

Where religions promise their believers a life after death and cryonics also needs a kind of belief in future technological development, designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau …

Visual of Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   What people experience as anthropomorphic is highly personal. Tests have …

Visual of Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Making good use of anthropomorphism isn’t easy. As you’ve probably …

Visual of #10: Enhance Human Experience, Don’t Replace it

#10: Enhance Human Experience, Don’t Replace it

Part 10 in the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design . The hidden danger with interactive products is that they will become so good at fulfilling our needs that they start to …

Visual of #9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

#9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

Part 9 in the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design . With most products, one wouldn’t normally worry about the environment that it enters. However, anthropomorphic products …

Visual of Better Than Nature?

Better Than Nature?

At the turn of the millennium, miniaturized canines acquired the cherished status of living, designer handbag ornaments.  These teeny tiny photogenic doggies, which had been …

Visual of Bio-engineered Football

Bio-engineered Football

With the knowledge that footballs were once made of pig's bladder and that in 2006 the first artificial bladder was transplanted into a patient, artist John O’Shea  designed the …

Visual of Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

The standard story of the cowboy hat goes something like this: In 1865, J.B. Stetson went out west during the California gold rush. He observed that bowlers, raccoon hats, and …

Visual of Desire Paths

Desire Paths

Design by planning vs design by doing.

Visual of Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

At the next nature powershow designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink explained how over 1600 blog post on nextnature.net were re-designed & re-edited into a must-read coffee table book.

Visual of Hidden Cities Emerge from the Amazon

Hidden Cities Emerge from the Amazon

Famed for its jaguars, orchids, and horrifying parasites, the Amazon is just as famous for what it lacks: human presence. For many years, the prevailing wisdom has been that …

Visual of Nano Supermarket 2nd Edition: Call for Products

Nano Supermarket 2nd Edition: Call for Products

We call upon designers, technologists and artists to submit their speculative nanotech products for the next round of the NANO supermarket.

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NANO Supermarket - Introducing the Jury

Little over two weeks left to submit your speculative product idea for the Nano Supermarket . The jury that will select the finest submissions – to be exhibited in the Nano …

Visual of The Ecological Human

The Ecological Human

The nature of humanity in the twenty-first century is, according to sociologist Steve Fuller, a ‘bipolar disorder’ beset with dualisms of identification such as divine/animal, …

Visual of The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

For almost three years, we worked on a sneaker company that we knew would go bankrupt on the day it was founded. This is our coming out...

Visual of Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of today and various scenarios, ranging from artificial trees , pollution trading , co2 capturing to geo-engineering, have been …

Visual of Animals Mistaken For Spies

Animals Mistaken For Spies

Egyptian authorities detained a stork last week on suspicion of espionage.

Visual of Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Living lamps like Latro Algea Lamp by Mike Thompson are nothing new. But design studio MADLAB has created Bacterioptica , a lamp that contains organisms and bacteria from the …

Visual of Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

A Dutch artist designs a Utopian eco-socialist online society.

Visual of Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Alveoli in human lungs serve as the inspiration for designing better, stronger ways of storing compressed natural gas.

Visual of Crystalline Cityscapes for Homeless Hermit Crabs

Crystalline Cityscapes for Homeless Hermit Crabs

Globe-hopping hermit crab housing.

Visual of Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

WWF teams up with designers to produce fur from imaginary animals

Visual of From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

Designer Michal Marko created a biodegradable food bowl. Can you imagine this bowl being used in fast-food restaurants?

Visual of Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Last week, Next Nature Lab had the first Meat & Greet to explore the future of in vitro meet.

Visual of The (Almost) Invisible Dancing Wheelchair

The (Almost) Invisible Dancing Wheelchair

Designed by a dancer, a new wheelchair moves intuitively with the user's movements.

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The "Silk Pavilion" Combines Digital and Biological Architecture

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the warms build pavilions made of polygonal silk panels.

Visual of A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time …

Visual of Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

As a consequence of a big water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas the Aral Sea is drying up.

Visual of Brain Surgery For Goldfish

Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish.

Visual of Breathing Lights

Breathing Lights

Inspired by the movement of spider webs in the wind, Dutch designer Jeroen Van Der Meij created Breathing Lights.

Visual of Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Besides finding their way, people look at to transport them to another place, or in this case, another perspective on planet Earth.

Visual of In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

Many people welcome in vitro meat because of what it may mean for animals. Even though they often find the idea strange, the promise for animals is widely felt as a source of hope.

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

Studio Roosegaarde created a giant rainbow of light for the Amsterdam Central Station east side.

Visual of The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Breathtaking satellite images that will change how you see the World.

Visual of Wearing Technology Under the Skin

Wearing Technology Under the Skin

UnderSkin is a device that would be implanted beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy.

Visual of Weaving a Home

Weaving a Home

A lightweight and mobile structural fabric based on ancient traditions of weaving fibers.

Visual of A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

The wind turbines of the future will look like post-modern tree sculptures.

Visual of Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

To counter the sitting dogma, design firm RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser created a dynamic office concept, entirely based on movement and leaning.

Visual of Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea’s research laboratory was inspired by our Magic Meatballs to re-design their famous meatballs.

Visual of Hair Matter(s)

Hair Matter(s)

French student at the Design Academy Eindhoven collected hair from African American hairdressers to create jackets and hats.

Visual of Holiday in a Bird's Nest

Holiday in a Bird's Nest

The exterior of the this hotel room is constructed with branches, sticks and twigs intertwined to create the look and feel of a real bird nest.

Visual of Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

Visual of Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Naomi Kizhner designed jewelry that can theoretically harvest energy from the body of the person wearing it.

Visual of Marketing the Oceans

Marketing the Oceans

Eco-friendly fashion is in vogue, evidenced by terms like “recycled-material” and “sustainable manufacturing” battered around as selling points for everything from sheets to …

Visual of Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market

Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market

The multidisciplinary design consultancy Antrepo Team created a project named Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market in 2010.

Visual of The Phone That's Just a Phone

The Phone That's Just a Phone

Meet the anti-smartphone. It literally does nothing but make and answer calls.

Visual of Fighting Photo Overflow with a Camera

Fighting Photo Overflow with a Camera

What if a camera would say "no" when you press the shutter because there are already too many similar photos on the internet?

Visual of A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

Google's PlaNet will be soon able to tell you where a photograph was taken by simply looking at its contents.

Visual of A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

Part two of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

Visual of Empowered by Robots Event Report

Empowered by Robots Event Report

A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.

Visual of Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and …

Visual of A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

If we'll ever get to go to Mars as tourists , we wouldn't get lost. Ordnance Survey , the official British mapping agency, recently released a new detailed map of the Red Planet. …

Visual of This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

This robot nanny is designed to take on adult responsibilities, raising concerns regarding the consequences of using robots to raise our children.

Visual of Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Royal College of Art graduate Dani Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

Visual of Take Your Data Selfie

Take Your Data Selfie

Do digital footprints match real life goals?

Visual of Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Last week, our NNN fellows gathered to discuss the Next Habitat; how will we work in the future? And how does this affect our personal lives?

Visual of Govert Flint on Enrichers

Govert Flint on Enrichers

NNN fellow Govert Flint discusses Enrichers in Frame magazine.

Visual of Robotization Makes Work More Human

Robotization Makes Work More Human

Imagine being 16 and studying for a job that soon won't exist. What kind of future is that? New occupations will come thanks to robotization.

Visual of Jobs for Caretakers - Robots at Work #1

Jobs for Caretakers - Robots at Work #1

This is post number one of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this episode we present you five jobs for caretakers, the ones that work with their hearts.

Visual of Smog Free Bicycles

Smog Free Bicycles

Introducing bicycles to purify pollution as you pedal.

Visual of Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

MIT Media Lab developed pasta programmed on a computer.

Visual of Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was already transformed over two thousand years ago by people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks.

Visual of Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

"To understand why a product is the way it is today, you need to learn about its evolutionary background." Meet Huub Ehlhardt, an engineer with a PhD in product design . Huub …

Visual of On inhumane technology

On inhumane technology

Stick-on shoes, wakeup lights, bionic limbs: these are examples of humane technology. But what exactly does this mean? It can best be explained in contrast with its opposite. …

Visual of This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

Occupying the 52nd floor of Tokyo’s Mori Tower, Mori Art Museum is internationally renowned for its visionary approach and highly original curation of contemporary art. The …

Visual of Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think …

Visual of In conversation with Studio Drift

In conversation with Studio Drift

A flock of drones that fly like birds, drifting blocks of concrete, a choreography of opening and closing flowers. The work of Studio Drift is challenging the distinction between …

Visual of Pack your bags and join us for the largest Next Nature showcase (yet) in China

Pack your bags and join us for the largest Next Nature showcase (yet) in China

To our Chinese friends (and beyond)! From 2 November 2019 to 1 February 2020, we'll be crossing the globe for a large showcase at the OCT Art and Design Gallery in Shenzhen, …

Visual of Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

You’ve probably heard how Virtual Reality (VR) is going to change everything: the way we work, the way we live, the way we play. Still, for every truly transformative technology, …

Visual of Cooking and chemical engineering with the CHEMARTS Cookbook

Cooking and chemical engineering with the CHEMARTS Cookbook

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. In parallel with climate change, our lifestyles will also change. It is becoming increasingly important to ask …

Visual of ‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

Visual of Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

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Six principles of humane technology

We must be mindful about how we engage with technology: what we use it for, why, and whether it helps or hinders us. Sometimes our tech seems to be flowing in inhumane directions, …

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The Coronation

For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the …

Visual of What we can learn from 'The Social Dilemma'

What we can learn from 'The Social Dilemma'

Is social media ruining the world? Dramatic political polarization. Rising anxiety and depression. An uptick in teen suicide rates. Misinformation that spreads like wildfire. The …

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‘We All Parent Earth’

Last week I was strolling through the aisles of the supermarket when I heard a buzzing sound coming from my pocket. I looked up from my cart and saw it was a message from  …

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Let’s talk about the most controversial of "m words"—monogamy. And let’s have this conversation with in mind its prehistoric origins. Our modern picture of prehistoric societies …

Visual of Seeking Symbiosis

Seeking Symbiosis

Visual artist Heleen Blanken explores the complex relationship between people, nature and technology.

Visual of Bird radio

Bird radio

Instruction for the Birds: Land on perch->trigger sound file->observe human response-->behave accordingly. Instructions for People: Listen, you'll be able to understand. The sound …

Visual of Excitement Clothing

Excitement Clothing

The body suit pictured above has LEDs that illuminate according to the wearer's state of excitement. Skin signals are measured and change light emission through biometric sensing …

Visual of Next Nature: Radikale Mediokrität

Next Nature: Radikale Mediokrität

Lecture spoken by Henk Oosterling at Biggest Visual Powershow , Zollverein Essen, Germany, 23 June 2006 Damen und Herrn, Next Nature, Nächste Natur ist ein Pleonasmus, ein …

Visual of Real Nature is not Green

Real Nature is not Green

At the edge of the woods along the motorway near the Dutch town of Bloemendaal, there stands a mobile telephone mast disguised as a pine tree. This mast is not nature: at best, it …

Visual of Release - messages from the deceased

Release - messages from the deceased

'Release' is a product that terminal patients can use to leave audio messages for their relatives, for after their death. People living with the notion that they will soon die …

Visual of Biotypography

Biotypography

Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from …

Visual of Electronic tattoos

Electronic tattoos

http://www.youtube.co/watch?v=fW0BZsOcZZE It's like... the future! Check website .

Visual of Evolution in the Bathroom

Evolution in the Bathroom

I have been conducting some attempts to backtrack the evolution of Gillette shaving razors appearing in my bathroom. Whereas older shavers were simple sticks with a blade on top, …

Visual of The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

Genetic engineering isn't just for scientists in ivory towers or corporate R&D labs anymore. Researchers are still creating new mice and crops every week, but the tools and …

Visual of The Watercube

The Watercube

Conceptually the square box and the interior spaces are carved out of an undefined cluster of foam bubbles, symbolizing a condition of nature that is transformed into a condition …

Visual of Biggest Visual Power Show 2008

Biggest Visual Power Show 2008

The Biggest Visual Power Show is an intellectual show that blends between a conference and a pop concert. Twenty filmers, scientists, designers, artist and thinkers present …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Three Days Left

Call for Proposals: Three Days Left

Yes Baby, it's a call for your proposals . You have three days left to send in your designs, movies and other visions you might have on how we can design, build and live in Next …

Visual of Corpus 2.0

Corpus 2.0

Corpus 2.0 by Marcia Nolte is a set of seven portraits illustrating how the human body could adjust itself to the design of products, including an enlarged SMS thumb (above), an …

Visual of Elephant Artist

Elephant Artist

This weeks peculiar image was made by Elephant Artist Sri Siam at the Lamphang Elephant Camp in Thailand. It is hard to tell whether the elephants actually know what they are …

Visual of Genetic Map of Europe

Genetic Map of Europe

European biologists have constructed a genetic map of Europe showing the relations between its various populations. The right part of the map shows the location in Europe where …

Visual of Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Written by Kevin Kelly , published in The Technium .  I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is …

Visual of Light weeds

Light weeds

Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens and currently exhibited at the MoMA - part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition . The organisms - plants, weeds, trees - exist …

Visual of Nature as a material

Nature as a material

Very nice bench, designed to use plants as a building material. Buy them here

Visual of The Breathe Table - Visceral Interaction

The Breathe Table - Visceral Interaction

Now why is that girl so excitingly staring at a few blurry blobs on a flat screen? Is it because these blobs are connected to her breath... What? Yes that is right, you are …

Visual of Treetrunk Trashcan

Treetrunk Trashcan

The Nanputo Temple in Xiamen (Southeast China) is an oasis of quietness, religious practice and leisure for Chinese amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the fastest growing …

Visual of Voodoo Communication Device for Lovers

Voodoo Communication Device for Lovers

Voodoo is an ancient religion, originating from Africa, who’s mystical practice is believed to bring reward to those who are willing to place their destiny in the hands of loving …

Visual of Bioinstinct

Bioinstinct

Designer Laura Boffi envisions a future in which human instincts will leap behind on technological progress. For example, once the 'disease called mortality' is cured with …

Visual of Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new …

Visual of Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Regular readers of this website know we are keen to speculate that our global financial system is best perceived as an ecology, which although originally constructed by man, has …

Visual of Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Apparently, camouflaging oneself with digital patterns rather than nature-imitated patterns functions as a better camouflage within "old-nature" situations. So the digital …

Visual of Ear on your arm? Why not?!

Ear on your arm? Why not?!

For over 40 years Australian artist Stelios Arcadious Stelarc has made art with medical instruments, prosthetics, robots, virtual reality systems and biotechnology to investigate …

Visual of Earrings for Spontaneous Seeding

Earrings for Spontaneous Seeding

Seed bombs away, because these earrings may awake the Guerilla Gardener in you... You never know when an opportunity for planting might present itself. Be prepared with these tiny …

Visual of Google 'Opt Out' parody

Google 'Opt Out' parody

The Google Opt Out Feature Lets User protect their privacy by moving to a desolate village where the are guaranteed an environment free from Google products. Participants will …

Visual of Hightech Landscape

Hightech Landscape

Discarded shells of computers and monitors float in a drainage canal in Accra, Ghana. Our peculiar image of the week was made by Peter Essick. Via National Geographic .

Visual of Natural chairs?

Natural chairs?

The image above shows the chair design from the Nature v2.01 project by draw me a sheep . As we struggle to find a new relation with nature, the difference between nature and …

Visual of Office Grass

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and …

Visual of OOMouse versus Magic Mouse

OOMouse versus Magic Mouse

Recently were introduced, the OOMouse ... ...and the Magic Mouse . Both tools are developed to browse the ones and zeros more easily. It almost seems unfair to compare them, so I …

Visual of Pelvis Rocking Chair

Pelvis Rocking Chair

It is nature, but not like we know it when chairs biomimic the pelvis. This anatomic Ruby rockingchair was designed by Pouyan Mokhtarani , Tehran (Iran). Via b oingboing.net | …

Visual of The Human Printer

The Human Printer

For a while now printer ink is probably the most expensive liquid per litre on earth. Still we need our images so badly that we accept this fact. The Human Printer manages to make …

Visual of Why are carrots orange? It is political

Why are carrots orange? It is political

No, the image above does not some show some collection of freshly genetically designed hypercarrots in various colors of the rainbow. This is the spectrum of colors carrots used to have.

Visual of Wooden Bankcard

Wooden Bankcard

Silver, gold or platinum creditcards? Expensive metals in credit card design used to have a certain luster in the past, yet today we are all (painfully) aware the mimicked …

Visual of Wrapping Greenland

Wrapping Greenland

The Discovery series 'Ways to save the planet' the episode 'Wrapping Greenland ' shows how Dr. Jason Box uses reflective blankets to cover glaciers in Greenland. Due to global …

Visual of BioPong

BioPong

Techno-artists love insects. Especially their unpredictable behaviour. Eindhoven (NL) based design studio Ehdv used tracking software and connected some camera’to a bunch of wood …

Visual of Engineered Bacteria heal Cracks in Walls

Engineered Bacteria heal Cracks in Walls

Researchers have designed bacteria that can produce a special glue to knit together cracks in concrete structures. Technews Daily reports the genetically modified microbes have …

Visual of Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but now we wonder what this keeps away, the Grapple , a hyperfruit that "Grunches like an Apple. Tastes like a Grape." The …

Visual of iBookshelf: Simulation before Extinction

iBookshelf: Simulation before Extinction

As technology progresses we constantly have to adapt ourselves to an ever changing media landscape. Designers try to smooth the changes with a ' progressive nostalgic ' strategy: …

Visual of ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010 , the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, …

Visual of Logorama

Logorama

Sometimes you come across something that is not directly related to Next Nature, but só well made that it deserves a place on this website. Logorama, a 16 minute animation by the …

Visual of Nano Supermarket – Call for Products

Nano Supermarket – Call for Products

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

Visual of NANO Supermarket – Introducing the Jury

NANO Supermarket – Introducing the Jury

Ten days left to submit your speculative product idea for the Nano Supermarket . The jury that will select the finest submissions – to be exhibited in the Nano Supermarket this …

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Next Nature Introduction

This project - the Next Nature Network - is about Nature's brand image. One might surmise that "Nature," being 100 percent all-natural, can't have any brand image.  The facts …

Visual of Outer-Space as Local-Space

Outer-Space as Local-Space

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, two unmanned interplanetary space probes that were sent out to explore the outer space. Aboard each was a record which intended to …

Visual of The Buttons

The Buttons

Nowadays buttons are completely mundane and natural objects in our environment. You find them on phones, alarm clocks, keyboards, elevators, dishwashers and of course on the …

Visual of Transparency Suit

Transparency Suit

Image consumption has never been as cool as in this brand new clip by Studio Smack , which was created for the upcoming Graphic Design Festival . The ‘Transparency Suit' …

Visual of US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

Did you know that about 20 percent of your body isn't really yours? It has been patented by some corporation you probably never heard of. You can't patent gold, you can't patent …

Visual of Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

"Owning the Weather" is a documentary about geo-engineering by Robert Greene.  It's about whether or not we should engineer the weather and the different impacts that this has. …

Visual of Who wants to Bike on Bamboo?

Who wants to Bike on Bamboo?

Carbon fiber and aluminum are so 2009. This year's best bicycling model is made out of bamboo and hemp. A new generation of manufacturers are coming up with some of the most …

Visual of Beyond Recognition @ Sameheads Gallery, Berlin

Beyond Recognition @ Sameheads Gallery, Berlin

Coming saturday, your faithful Next Nature editor/designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink will perform Beyond Recognition – a corporate poem about the image of words , at Sameheads Gallery …

Visual of Bulletproof Skin

Bulletproof Skin

Recent work of artist Jalila Essaïdi exemplifies of how science and art can meet and create meaningful inventions for society. Jalila Essaïdi used the spider silk produced by …

Visual of City Rats Love Ethnic Food

City Rats Love Ethnic Food

City rats, it seems, prefer the same foods that humans do: Greasy, fatty, sweet, and salty. Although rats are usually seen as the billy goats of city life, ready to chow down on …

Visual of Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Want to live a greener life? Eat less meat. Recently the UN appealed for a radical shift in diet , to improve individual health and ease conditions affecting the global …

Visual of Flap to Freedom

Flap to Freedom

It works like this. Position yourself with a friend in front of a battery hen and flap your arms as fast as you can when the music sets in. The harder you flap the faster your …

Visual of Growing a Crystal Chair

Growing a Crystal Chair

Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka does not sculpt his work, but grows it. His Venus chair was created by immersing a plastic mesh substrate into a tank filled with a chemical …

Visual of Nature will Remember

Nature will Remember

In this commercial, the sheep knows that the Peugeot has been made dirty by the splashing mud. Then it proceeds by cleaning it. Slogan: Nature will remember. We know that this …

Visual of Negative Islands

Negative Islands

Recent flooding along the Mississippi River has broken records first set 70 years ago. As always, it's hard to attribute local weather to global patterns, but the heavier rainfall …

Visual of Skyscrapers for Pandora

Skyscrapers for Pandora

We've previously featured architecture that imitates nature by opening its walls like a flower , or drifting like a cloud . However, maybe this is not imitation enough. The next …

Visual of Snapshots from the Next Nature Lab

Snapshots from the Next Nature Lab

Last week, the young and talented designers of the Next Nature lab at the Eindhoven University of Technology presented their end of term works in an internal exhibition. There are …

Visual of We are all born in a World...

We are all born in a World...

...that has been designed already. Peculiar baby of the week. Source: Adbusters , via: Masters of Rietveld .

Visual of Rule #8: Use Human Ethics

Rule #8: Use Human Ethics

Part 8 of the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design .  Anthropomorphic products blur the boundaries between products and people. Ethical norms for people don’t usually apply …

Visual of Activist Release Transgenic Stingrays in the Ocean

Activist Release Transgenic Stingrays in the Ocean

This morning we received an astounding video from a group of animal right activist that broke in at Rayfish Footwear, the Thai based fashion brand that creates $1500 personalized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather.

Visual of Complexity and Evolving Synthetic Soil

Complexity and Evolving Synthetic Soil

Twenty-first century society draws from a world that is less determined by objects and increasingly shaped by connectivity. The clear either/or distinctions that formerly informed …

Visual of Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

As cities push to the edges of the wilderness, wild animals are increasingly com

Visual of Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Magic Meatballs are designed to playfully familiarize children with lab-grown meat.

Visual of Helmet Crafted from Wood and Cork is just as Safe as Your Plastic and Foam One

Helmet Crafted from Wood and Cork is just as Safe as Your Plastic and Foam One

Back to the natural future? A startup company in Oregon is manufacturing bike helmets made of wood and cork that should meet or surpass the impact performance of plastic and foam …

Visual of Leaf Thermometer

Leaf Thermometer

Designer  Hideyuki Kumagai must have been inspired by the seasonal colors of nature when he designed this thermometer. Stick the leaves to your window, or make a bush at your …

Visual of Meanwhile in the Next Nature Lab

Meanwhile in the Next Nature Lab

Last week, the young and talented designers of the Next Nature lab at the Eindhoven University of Technology presented their end of semester works in an internal exhibition. There …

Visual of Medicinal Blueberries

Medicinal Blueberries

As our scientific knowledge of nutritious food increases, will healthy foods be progressively designed to look like medicines? This blueberry blister packaging created by Chinese …

Visual of Merkel Rainbow

Merkel Rainbow

German chancellor Angela Merkel is quite a phenomenon of colors. Blazer remains invariant.

Visual of NANO Supermarket Unveils New Products

NANO Supermarket Unveils New Products

From sleek fashion to life-saving medicines. During the forthcoming Dutch Design Week , our lustrous NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative nano products that might hit …

Visual of Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Like we did to old nature before, we must now cultivate our technological environment.

Visual of Pineberry™

Pineberry™

More hypernatural designer-fruit. What do you get when you cross a strawberry and a pineapple? A pineberry, of course. Some seven years ago the pineberry was taken from its native …

Visual of Real Vanilla is Natural, but Natural Vanilla is Fake

Real Vanilla is Natural, but Natural Vanilla is Fake

What most gourmands would define as "real" and "natural" vanilla flavoring is simple: Vanilla beans steeped in alcohol. But vanillin, the chemical responsible for vanilla's taste …

Visual of Rule #5: Consider Zoomorphism as an Alternative

Rule #5: Consider Zoomorphism as an Alternative

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   When a product imitates animal behavior, the strict social rules …

Visual of Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design, click here.   People expect many things from each other: Expect them to say hi in the …

Visual of Rural Energy: From Kerosine to LED

Rural Energy: From Kerosine to LED

While for most of us, happy blog readers, access to electricity is taken for granted, things are quite different in developing regions of the world. In India for example, over 65% …

Visual of Sight – As Second Life becomes First Life

Sight – As Second Life becomes First Life

So you thought your live was already pretty much media-saturated? Indulge in the design fiction film Sight and you'll realize you ain't seen nothing yet.

Visual of The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

On the shortlist for the year's strangest book title , Jonathan Olivares'  A Taxonomy of Office Chairs charts the "evolution" of chairs from the 1840s to the present day. The …

Visual of LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

Deep below bustling, noisy Delancy Street in Manhattan lies the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, a building abandoned in 1948. This terminal is just one of many tunnels and …

Visual of Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Designer Tuur van Balen argues biotechnoloyg is actually very accessible and creates an 'anti-depressant yoghurt' on stage.

Visual of 3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

Exploring the possibilities of a new 3D food printer.

Visual of Artist Creates Portraits of Strangers Using DNA in Discarded Hair

Artist Creates Portraits of Strangers Using DNA in Discarded Hair

Heather Dewey-Hagborg just needs a strand of your hair to know what you look like.

Visual of Bizarre Retro-Futuristic Visions of Meat

Bizarre Retro-Futuristic Visions of Meat

Illustrators from the 1800s to the 1950s offer strange prediction for the future of meat.

Visual of Implantable Microchip Controls Appetite

Implantable Microchip Controls Appetite

By attaching to the vagus nerve, a chip can contribute to "natural" weight-loss.

Visual of Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Media artist, filmmaker and wonderjunkie Jason Silva talks about technological evolution and why humans are gods with anuses.

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"Responsive Typography" Tracks Your Location to Automatically Resize Text

A new website changes the text's font size depending on your distance from the computer.

Visual of Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Why native Hawaiian people are killing off native Hawaiian monk seals.

Visual of Sniffer - Meet the Google Nose

Sniffer - Meet the Google Nose

The Sniffer – aka Google Nose – visualizes odors using a smell sensor, which is as good as a dog’s nose, and a glass in front of your eyes.

Visual of The Insect with Natural Mechanical Gears

The Insect with Natural Mechanical Gears

The first – and only – mechanical gears found in nature.

Visual of Treating Mental Illness with Video Games

Treating Mental Illness with Video Games

Neurofeedback shows promises in treating a range of mental ailments.

Visual of What You Feel Is What You Get - Smartphone for the Blind

What You Feel Is What You Get - Smartphone for the Blind

A revolutionary new smartphone for the blind uses a completely tactile interface.

Visual of Why Shopping Malls Are Confusing

Why Shopping Malls Are Confusing

Do you get lost in shopping malls? Do you end up spending more than you intended? It's not your fault.

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

The introductory essay from the Yes, Naturally book - available in our store!

Visual of You Can Never Go Back To Nature

You Can Never Go Back To Nature

One of the arguments that environmentalists use against factory farming and burning fossil fuels is that these activities are "unnatural" or that they "go against nature." But …

Visual of A Plan to Eliminate Predators

A Plan to Eliminate Predators

British philosopher David Pearce believes we should to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.

Visual of Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Cars increasingly rely on technology designed to make driving easier and safer. But are these improvements creating less-skilled drivers?

Visual of Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

The Western Corn Rootworm has evolved to eat genetically engineered corn, designed to kill it.

Visual of Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Real pigeons in a fake tree.

Visual of Flying Through Your Brain

Flying Through Your Brain

Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.

Visual of Graffiti Drones

Graffiti Drones

Last month graffiti artist Katsu presented his graffiti drone called the ‘’spray copter’’.

Visual of How Technology becomes Nature

How Technology becomes Nature

In this talk at TEDxGhent, our own Dr. Van Mensvoort shows how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that.

Visual of In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

On the 5th of August, one year after the lab grown hamburger, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook will be presented in Amsterdam.

Visual of Learning Circuits While Playing With Clay

Learning Circuits While Playing With Clay

Kids learn the basics of electric circuits while playing with clay.

Visual of Living Portraits

Living Portraits

An alive portrait made of of microscopic algae.

Visual of NANO Supermarket TV Commercial 2014

NANO Supermarket TV Commercial 2014

Sneak peek into your nano future with the brand new NANO Supermarket TV Commercial.

Visual of Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

The EU Commission will hopefully reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags within 5 years by 80%.

Visual of Save the Humans - Call for Quotes

Save the Humans - Call for Quotes

For our new book "Save the Human" we invite you to submit quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era and study the future of the independent creative spirit.

Visual of Shark Deterrent Wetsuits

Shark Deterrent Wetsuits

A new way to project yourself against sharks while enjoying your favorite watersport!

Visual of Super Computer Chips

Super Computer Chips

Indium gallium arsenide couldbe the material of the new super computer chips of the future.

Visual of Touching your Unborn Child

Touching your Unborn Child

Thanks to 3D Babies and a mere $600,- you can now experience that excitement of holding your baby in your hands before he or she is born.

Visual of A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A new Kickstarter project aims to bring the forest into Times Square.

Visual of Biomimicry in Action

Biomimicry in Action

An inspiring topic about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus gave a talk on how nature influenced our future.

Visual of Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Cultivator is speculative design project on how bioprinting could find its way into the kitchen of the future.

Visual of The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

Architect firm Foster + Partners announced plans to build the world's first droneport in Rwanda.

Visual of High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

An innovative solution to a better way for transportation: a high-speed elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

Visual of Hunger Games for Robots

Hunger Games for Robots

How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence?

Visual of Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

"However, while 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible and capable of rivalling the quality of professional equipment, they are still inherently limited by a small print …

Visual of Intelligent Bikini Tells You How to Tan

Intelligent Bikini Tells You How to Tan

Think you've had enough sun? Ask your bikini!

Visual of Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Droog Foundation and Next Nature Network invites you to join the conversation about Intimate Technology: April 23, in Amsterdam.

Visual of Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers …

Visual of Abandoning Modern Life to Live as a Goat

Abandoning Modern Life to Live as a Goat

Conceptual designer Thomas Thwaites is currently investigating and experiencing to live life as a goat.

Visual of Manta Ray Floating City

Manta Ray Floating City

French visionary architect Jacques Rougerie designed a utopian floating city shaped like a manta ray.

Visual of Meet the Band Aid of the Future

Meet the Band Aid of the Future

This potentially revolutionary device includes LED lights and temperature sensors to provide medication directly to the wounded section of the skin.

Visual of Shape your Second Skin Using your Mind

Shape your Second Skin Using your Mind

A 3D printed helmet able to translate brain activity into the movements of its shape-changing structure.

Visual of Teasing the Internet of Things

Teasing the Internet of Things

When there is such abundance of areas where IoT could be applied, several ridiculous, unnecessary products are inevitable.

Visual of The Bamboo Skyscraper

The Bamboo Skyscraper

A group of architects looked at natural forests to design the bamboo skyscraper.

Visual of 53 Shades of Blue

53 Shades of Blue

An artist installed a sculpture on the main street of Ljubljana, Slovenia, that measures the blueness of the sky.

Visual of Artificial Senses for Navigation

Artificial Senses for Navigation

A team of cyborgs and digital enthusiasts developed a wearable technology for the body that perceives a human sixth sense.

Visual of C-Sections Caused an Evolutionary Change

C-Sections Caused an Evolutionary Change

C-sections have an unexpected side effect on human evolution. Newborn heads are getting bigger, while the mothers birth cannals are becoming smaller.

Visual of Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

Hallstatt, a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria, is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China.

Visual of Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby's Life

Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby's Life

Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby.

Visual of Getting Wasted on Plastics

Getting Wasted on Plastics

A new community currency that rewards recyclers with local discounts and deals.

Visual of We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

How wild animals and cities are adapting to each other.

Visual of Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

The first self-sufficient luminous bike lane opened last week in Poland.

Visual of Mentally Disordered Robots

Mentally Disordered Robots

While robots are becoming more and more human, with all their sensors and information processing abilities, may it be likely that they too could develop mental illnesses?

Visual of Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Here is a the Next Nature gift Guide 2016.

Visual of The Next Nature Sneaker Series

The Next Nature Sneaker Series

We present for the real sneaker heads amongst us, six new futuristic pieces of footwear. Going from pineapple leather to self lacing 'Back to the Future' Nikes.

Visual of Who Owns the Map?

Who Owns the Map?

In their pursuit of mapping the physical world online, mapping services simultaneously shape our understanding of it too.

Visual of Cutlery Set to Eat Bugs

Cutlery Set to Eat Bugs

Designer Wataru Kobayashi created a picnic cutlery set to promote eating insects.

Visual of Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Why would you stick to an elbow, a wrist and five fingers if you could make anything? This guy got a game-inspired bionic arm.

Visual of This Robotic Stingray is Alive

This Robotic Stingray is Alive

By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray that is alive.

Visual of Are Robots the Future of Tattoos?

Are Robots the Future of Tattoos?

An industrial robot just tattooed the first person ever in San Francisco.

Visual of Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Robotic furniture for the young professional.

Visual of The World's First Invisible Train

The World's First Invisible Train

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is designing the world's first invisible train.

Visual of An AI Is Writing the Next

An AI Is Writing the Next "Game of Thrones"

One fan has become so impatient for the conclusion to "Game of Thrones", he's programmed an AI to write it for him. Move over, George R.R. Martin!

Visual of Visualize the Hidden World of Digital Networks

Visualize the Hidden World of Digital Networks

Have you ever wondered what the infosphere looks like? Dutch designer Richard Vijgen’s app Architecture of Radio is a field guide to the hidden world of digital networks.

Visual of Carpooling into the Future

Carpooling into the Future

American company Ideo has taken the essence of on-demand economy at heart, presenting a vehicle with detail-designed services for the future of carpooling.

Visual of Antarctica Is Turning Green

Antarctica Is Turning Green

Rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal mosses on Antarctica, turning the continent green.

Visual of Tap Your Milk from a Cow Around the Corner

Tap Your Milk from a Cow Around the Corner

Turning cows into walking vending machines for milk.

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

We asked Sandra Rey, our third ECO Coin Award nominee, about her company Glowee and her hopes for illuminating the future in a more sustainable way.

Visual of How to Fool a Neural Network

How to Fool a Neural Network

A neural network helps computers with image recognition. It is usually tough to fool. But one group of researchers has found a way to reliably trick it.

Visual of Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Exhibition Fungal Futures: design with mushrooms.

Visual of The Global Subway Map of the Future

The Global Subway Map of the Future

The Hyperloop will turn the world into a global village.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

The body, like any technology, is made up of countless individual components. Yet, apart from dire medical emergency, have you ever thought about mixing and matching these …

Visual of Meet the Emoji Snake

Meet the Emoji Snake

Python breeder designed emoji snake.

Visual of The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

Birds are fascinating creatures, but for farmers, airport staff, and waste management specialists, they can prove to be a profound nuisance. How to deal with a flock of birds …

Visual of Robotic Pillow Breathes to Help You Sleep

Robotic Pillow Breathes to Help You Sleep

A smart, huggable bed partner, who also improves your sleep quality. Sounds great, right? Soon, you might be able to order one yourself: Somnox is a soft robotic pillow that gently breathes as you hold it.

Visual of GM Self-Destroying Moths

GM Self-Destroying Moths

Open-air tests of self-destructing moths mark a new frontier for GMOs.

Visual of Sponge Cities: Soak It, Store It, Reuse It

Sponge Cities: Soak It, Store It, Reuse It

The philosophy behind sponge cities is simple: cities should contribute to solving water related problems instead of causing them.

Visual of Bacteria Are the New Hard Drives

Bacteria Are the New Hard Drives

DNA is the densest known storage medium in the universe - and Harvard University researchers have managed to use it to store GIFs inside bacteria.

Visual of Robotic Tarzan Controls Crops

Robotic Tarzan Controls Crops

A robot inspired by a sloth was developed in order to control crops growing in our fields.

Visual of Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. …

Visual of Why in the future, we will all wear one piece of garment

Why in the future, we will all wear one piece of garment

It's not an easy task to define the practice of designer Jasna Rok . Fashtech pioneer? Radical innovator? Visionary designer? ‘All of the above’ seems only appropriate. In fact, …

Visual of On the origin of the word processor

On the origin of the word processor

Writing is recognised as one of mankind’s foremost inventions and the mechanization of writing is one of these developments that typify what is commonly regarded as the work of …

Visual of Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

From the Georgia Institute of Technology arrives FingerSound, a smart ring that recognizes thumb gestures and converts them into words and numbers.

Visual of Teens are seeking cosmetic surgery to look like your favorite Snapchat filter

Teens are seeking cosmetic surgery to look like your favorite Snapchat filter

Cosmetic surgeons have always fielded seemingly odd requests to recreate body parts from celebrities: Angelina Jolie’s lips, David Beckham’s calve, or perhaps Salma …

Visual of Welcome spring with this selection of NANO Supermarket products

Welcome spring with this selection of NANO Supermarket products

Well, we finally made it. After a long, cold, dark winter, spring has officially started today. And guess what it's bringing with it? Nope, not spring flowers: Love flowers! …

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The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve …

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Genetically engineered plants do it better

Welcome to the conversation! Every week, we’ll open up a new conversation among members of the network about next nature topics we've encountered around the globe. We hope …

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Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are …

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Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer is a typographer from Israel who never fails to push boundaries, or rather, discard them altogether. Ezer is a rebellious force that swings between commercial and …

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Truly smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk …

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Marjan van Aubel wins ECO Coin Award

Each year we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to make this planet a more sustainable place and honor them with our ECO Coin Award . We …

Visual of How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

A stack of pancakes ladened with syrup, a frothy latte posed next to a white MacBook, a deep pan pizza oozing with cheese. Instagram has made “food porn” – images that portray …