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Manufactured Landscapes

Discover the 3D printed Dutch Island that doesn’t exist on Google Maps

Already in the 18th century, French philosopher Voltaire said: “God created the World, except for the Netherlands, that they have done themselves.” Ever since the Dutch are working to meet that claim.

While other countries still have relatively untouched areas, in the Netherlands, every square meter has been designed. This includes natural reserves, which we not only conserve, but now also build.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Sandra Rey wins ECO Coin Award

In 2015 we handed out our first ECO Coin award to Yoyo Yogasamana for his digitalization of sustainable knowledge to preserve more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides. In 2016 the award was given to Dave Hakkens for his ambitious open source precious plastics recycling machine. This year we have had entries from around the world and have interviewed our top three candidates: Shubendhu Sharma for his Tiny Forrests initiative, Ritsert Mans and Peter Mooij for their algae powered bike and Sandra Rey for her work in the field of bioluminescence. It has been difficult to choose but we are delighted to announce that Sandra Rey is our 2017 ECO Coin Award winner.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Celebrating Dutch Water Protection:
Last Weeks to See ‘Gates of Light’

The Afsluitdijk, a 32.5 km long protective dike that shorthened the coastline of The Netherlands drastically, is an eloquent example of manufactured landscape. It helped men to turn a sea into a lake, safer shorelines and a new province. When you’re around the coming weeks, you can explore the latest art project of NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde and discover the iconic, yet historical value of the Closing Dike. And yes, it’s worth a drive.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Skyscraper Fails to Load Its Textures

Our peculiar image of the week comes from New York, where observant residents were surprised to see a skyscraper that looked like it was struggling to load its textures. The Twitter user who snapped the uncanny picture eventually figured out that the odd low-resolution effect was created by reflections from a neighboring building. But it’s telling about the world we live in that an illusion like this can so quickly cause us to confuse reality with digital rendering. Via Twitter.

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Suburban Utopia

A Fake City for Real Self-Driving Cars

People, dogs, chimps and self-driving cars. What do they have in common? Well, they all have the ability to learn. In fact, Uber built a fake city called Almono, in Pittsburgh, to train self-driving cars and vehicle operators. This town is full of fake houses, mannequins randomly crossing the streets and chaotic intersections.

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Microbial Factories

Rothko in Salts

Located in northern China Shanxi province, this dreamy landscape, Xiechi Lake, is consider by some to be China’s dead sea. This 500 million years old saline lake, on which a human could easily float, randomly changes colour as a result of extreme heat. It is the multiplication of bacteria, or algal bloom, that “paints” the lake with these peculiar colours. Tints vary along magenta, green and yellow gradients, giving a Rothko-like appearance to the scenery, and making it our peculiar image of the week. Via NatGeo.

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Microbial Factories

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

The world is changing and it’s important that we evolve with it. The ECO Coin Award is our way of recognizing innovations and initiatives which help us adapt to our next nature. The nominees are all aiming to create a more humane and sustainable future for us all. Now, in the lead-up to the announcement of this year’s winner, we’re interviewing each of the three finalists to learn about their values, insights and visions for the future. This week, we spoke to Sandra Rey, founder of Glowee, nominated in recognition of her work to harness bioluminescence as a new light source.

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