Recently I got my drivers license, it took me a year and a half to get it so you can imagine I was pretty happy. It might sound like I’m a bad driver, but in Holland it’s not uncommon to take a lot of time to obtain the permit. Now I’m cruising the decorated highways of the Netherlands in my dad’s car. I learned to shift the gear, to steer and most importantly to drive safe, looking around and pay close attention to everything.
These days learning to shift gears is not necessary anymore, a lot of cars are automatic. And in the nearby future it might not even be required to get the driving license at all, if Google self-driving cars take over.
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?
Where is the nearest McDonald’s? Here is how the United Kingdom looks like when you try to find a fast food, using the McDonald’s App. A clear view of the endless expansion of McDonald’s restaurants.
59 years after the first opening, there are more than 34.000 big yellow M in the world, and McDonald’s advance goes on. Recently new locations have been inaugurated new locations in Bosnia, Armenia and Trinidad.
Related post: The McWorld Map
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
Increasingly we see phenomena from the digital environment foraying in our physical environment. Potato maker Birds Eye decided to join the trend.
You can now buy #frozen #potato shapes for the social media generation. The mashtags come in five shapes: a hashtag, @ sign, asteriks and two emoticons.
Please note that this virtual snack makes you really fat.
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?
Related post: The Augmented Reality Sneaker
Spike Aerospace is designing a 80 million dollars private jet with an innovative peculiarity. To allow passengers to enjoy the panoramic breathtaking view of the outside world it won’t have windows.
In fact, the portholes will be replaced with big high-definition screens showing live-streaming images of the exterior recorded with cameras. And if travelers want to sleep they can switch channel choosing from an assortment of ambient images or darkening the screen. The airplane is expected to take off in December 2018.
Forget about windows, we are in the Society of Simulations!