Tag: Biopolitics

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Suburban Utopia

Green Roofs for Living

This impression shows the ambitions of the city of Rotterdam for the coming decade. The city is supposed to have an image problem concerning its greenlife; as a big industrial harbour city in The Netherlands, there are almost no parks in the center. So where space in citycenters is generally built to the max, the roofs should be taking the city’s ecology to the next level. According to environmental psychologist Sjerp de Vries, it is a proven fact that the more green people see, the less stress they experience. Hence they will feel more at home, social contacts improve as well as the air quality. Green roofs improve the quality of life.

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Biopolitics

Pass the sunglasses

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Viganella is a small town in the Italian Apls. It is located in a valley between very steep mountains. The mountains are so steep that from November the village ends up in the shade for the rest of the winter. So Mayor Pierfranco Midali promised to bring sunshine to the small town.

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Biomimicmarketing

Photoshop reporters in China

China’s high-speed train from Qinghai to Xizang worried environmentalists well before its launch in July 2006. Concerns increased after a photograph of Tibetan wildlife near a high-speed train appeared in hundreds of…

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Biopolitics

The Internet’s presidential attention

Now that we’ve recognized the internet as a living entity, we can begin to wonder what the internet is thinking of. Would it be possible to communicate? Ask questions? Read its thoughts?…

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Biopolitics

Peer-to-Peer Immigration

peer to peer passportAt the beginning of the computer era, many objects and experiences from everyday life were transferred to the digital environment in order to make technology understandable (think of the computer desktop folders, buttons, painting brush, trashcan, etc). Today, digital technology has become so omnipresent that metaphors from the virtual environment start boomeranging to our physical environment.Already we have seen the Physical/Digital Trashcan, the Delete-Key-Eraser, Sim City urban planners, Vote XP, the Digizerk and the Avatarian Graveyard. Now Ricardo Portilho proposes to transfer the principle of peer-to-peer file sharing over the internet -mostly immune to government and corporate regulations- to our globalized world. The Citizenship Exchange project aims to tackle immigration problems with a simple and universal strategy: A peer-to-peer immigration; A citizen would gain the citizenship of a foreign country for a time given, in the base of mutual agreement with a native citizen of this country. With citizenship exchange, immigration departs from the state control, becoming a person-to-person agreement. Read more

Back to the Tribe

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 mortgage interest deductions than about…

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Anthropocene

Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Lots of clouds this week. The peculiar picture above shows the eruption of mount Pinatubo in 1991, which apparently resulted in a certain amount of global cooling (next to some serious negative…

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Biomimicmarketing

Tulip Island – Design a Polder

A proposal to gain 600.000 m2 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 that will provide…

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Biopolitics

Permafrost seed bank

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The Norwegian government will hollow out a cave on the ice-bound island of Spitsbergen to hold a seed bank. This seed vault is an answer to a call from the international community to provide the best possible assurance of safety for the world’s crop diversity. There are currently about 1,400 seed banks around the world, but a large number of these are located in countries that are either politically unstable or that will possibly face threats from the natural environment. The idea is that the gene bank will serve as a back-up. Read more

Biopolitics

Confetti chicken

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This weeks peculiar image was taken this summer by a friend of mine. He went to a birdmarket in Esfahan, Iran and noticed that discrimination takes many forms; only blond chicks were excluded from taking the happy shower…

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Biopolitics

Out of Body Experience

Did you have your Out of Body Experience today? We knew already that our nature is merely how we perceive it, but now scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne have…

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Biopolitics

Intelligent Documentary Making

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Our image of nature is permanently under construction. For Dutch biologist Gerdien De Jong, this became al too clear after watching The Life of Mammals, a series of nature documentaries by the famous David Attenborough and comparing his movies with the versions broadcasted by the EO, a dutch evangelical broadcasting organisation—

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Biopolitics

Trash People

In 246 BC, a Chinese emperor – Qin Shi Huangdi – desired an army that could accompany him on his quest in the land of the dead. With the help of 700.000…

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Anthropomorphobia

Interview with a cyborg

Erich Berger has a 96 year old grandmother who is a cyborg. She features dentures, hearing aids, glasses, pace maker, a metal implant on the pinkie toe, and more. Quotes from the interview:

“Some would say that you are a cyborg, because you carry so much technology inside of you that you even need to live. Cyborg is a term that describes a life form that is partial human, partial something technology.” “But I am still human. I have some technology but a lot of it I don’t see and I don’t pay so much attention to it. It’s more what it does for me that is important for me. I only have these things because my body was not working well. They help me.”
“If you knew today that you would have another 50 years to live, would you want to know how to use a computer?” “What for? I don’t know what it does? I am a tailor and I like to play music and do the garden. And that is what I would do the next fifty years .. and maybe when my grandchildren have children themselves, I would baby-sit them. Kids are wonderful!”
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