Tag: Design-for-debate


Domestication as a Last Refuge

Domestication of flora and fauna is a concept that humans have been using to control nature in our advantage already since 33000 BC. A nowadays example are ‘house plants’ which have gone through generations of selective breeding to eventually give the best flowers, in extraordinary colours and unexpected shapes.
A usual by-product of domestication is the creation of a dependency in the domesticated organisms, so that they lose their ability to live in the wild. From an animal and plants perspective this could be considered as a deprivation of their right to freedom. Human interventions in the last couple of decades resulted often in a shrinking natural habitat for many species and populations. Being on the edge of extinction, domestication might be their only refuge?

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The Human Hamster Wheel Desk

Running on the hamster wheel, it will no longer be just a metaphor for a repetitive and tiring life. We are spending a big part of our day – and life – in the office, where the desk has already undergone some makeovers, such has the Smart Desk and the Apple Desk.
The Human Hamster Wheel Desk, by designer Robb Godshaw and developer Will Doenlen, is the latest result of workspace evolution: an oversize wheel for devoted employees, where they can stand and walk, forever staying in the same place. Technology and office work have domesticated us!

Story via Inhabitat


In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

Save the date. On the 5th of August, exactly one year after the presentation of the World’s first lab grown hamburger, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook will be presented at Felix &Foam in Amsterdam.

Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create. This book approaches lab-grown meat not just from a design and engineering perspective, but also from a societal and ethical one.

This cookbook features dozens of recipes that are delicious, uncanny, funny and inspiring. Think of meat paint, revived dodo wings, meat ice cream, cannibal snacks, steaks knitted like scarves and see-through sushi grown under perfectly controlled conditions. Though you can’t cook these recipes just yet, they’ve all been developed with strict culinary rigor.

You can already pre-order the book. Journalist can download the mediakit. For sample recipes click here.

In Vitro Meat Cookbook Launch
5 August 17:00
Felix &Foam, Shaffy Hall
Keizersgracht 324


Graffiti Drones

Last month graffiti artist Katsu,  member of the online free culture and technology collective F.A.T Lab, presented his graffiti drone called the “spray copter”.
In his journey to find innovative ways to expand to previously inaccessible spaces, Katsu, took his art out from the material world and went into the digital sphere.

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You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

A stand-alone physical button that connects to the internet. Alone, it doesn’t do much. But connected with the cloud servers at bt.tn, it can do pretty much what you want! Using this simple button, you can harness the power of various Internet technologies, such as HTTP, Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.

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H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen created an artificial mineral made of technological artifacts. To produce it they deconstructed devices, such as computers, recovering the valuable materials.

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A Registered Landscape

The landscape of Tuscany is known for its gentle hills, lovely forestry and natural beauty. But only a few know that this beautiful rural scenery is actually a really well done design work. A good example is Val d’Orcia, a region around Siena, where the landscape was redesigned during the Renaissance.
Lorenzetti painted the ideal landscape around 1338 in the town hall of Siena, and in order to respond to this utopian model Val d’Orcia became reality. This area is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2004.

Italian artist Giuseppe Licarli made an intervention in the shape of a trademark in the landscape to make us all wonder to whom this natural scenery really belongs.
As he explains: “Who has the ownership of its beauty and harmony? Everything was designed, reshaped, destroyed and finally protected resulting in the valley as we see it now. After millions of years of evolution the natural and anthropologic process of this landscape has stopped, constraining it to resist any human or natural variation and remaining still for the future generations, as a registered product.

And so we can ask ourselves the question: which landscape is not designed?

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Modern African Classics

Fabrics are in the heart of many African cultures. The patterns on their rich decorated fabrics represent a certain mind-set, emotion or philosophy.
As a result of our growing technosphere, the classical patterns used for generations have been redefined by the Dutch textile manufacturer Vlisco.

Patterns traditionally decorated with numbers, mathematics and letters of the alphabet were worn by people to point out the fact that they have a proper education and know how to read and write. It can also represent the importance of giving a good education to their children, saving money to realize this purpose.

Vlisco came up with an updated version of this pattern: a laptop showing this classic education related print on his screen. Suggesting that knowledge nowadays relates to our technosphere.

More to be found on: Department of History University of California, Berkeley Professor Abena Dove Osseo-Asare


Nike Robotic Sneakers

What if, in a few years, robots would like to look stylish? Speculating about the tastes and wishes of intelligent humanoid robots, Bulgarian artist Simeon Georgiev designed the sneakers of the future.

The popular Nike Air Max have been re-imagined with strong lines and softened edges for a futuristic look, still keeping their distinctive aspect.
The result is a complete incorporation from the sole of the shoes to the legs of the robot. Will these sneakers put robots in humans shoes?

Source: Designboom
Related post: The Augmented Reality Sneaker