Tag: manufactured-landscapes

Hydrogel farming
Food Technology

Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

Throughout the lands of the Persian Gulf, desertification is a fact of life. As a result, the countries of this region import 90 percent of their food supply. A new technology developed by visionary researchers at the Waseda University, in Japan, might have found the solution to this problem. A special absorbent film that require no soil may be able to grow plants more efficiently than soil farming.

The research team, lead by Professor Yuichi Mori, has developed a hydrogel film that can hold 1,000 times of its weight in water. The scientists are already testing these films in 180 film farms.

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Fake-nature

The Weather Machine

A cloud forms from a grass field and moves upwards, a wind blows past, fog floats, it begins to rain, but you’re not standing outdoors in the countryside. You’re in The Weather Machine! Constructed around the climatic conditions of the day on which it takes place, the installation explores rain, clouds and sun heat to recreate the weather occurring outside.

Developed by artist David Shearing, from February 5th through 7th, 2015 the atmospheric installation will transform the stage@leeds venue into a gloomy English landscape.

Source: The Creators Project

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Food Technology

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm

Humans have mastered agriculture for the last 10.000 years, during which different climates, cultures, and technologies have driven and defined farming development. Nevertheless, a summer storm, voracious pests or a bad drought can still ruin the harvest and destroy months of hard work. But not anymore, according to Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who transfered intensive agriculture under the roof.

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Bioluminescent Forest

Two artists, two projectors and a forest. For six weeks the duo, composed of Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad, immersed themselves in nature in order to create a “personification” of the environment. Fascinated by the bioluminescence phenomenon, they transformed trees and mushrooms into entities that glowed, sparked, and radiated with light. The result is Bioluminescent Forest, a film that shows the subtle beauty of the forest illuminated with projection-mapped light.

Via The Creators Project

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Suburban Utopia

Transportations Of The Future

Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.

Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.

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Biomimicmarketing

Palm Tree Antenna

These next natural palm trees species were spotted near Las Vegas and Hurghada, Egypt. Rest assured tourists don’t want ugly cellphone antennas spoiling their oases: they want an untouched landscape, but with cellphone coverage.

In case you know any cellphone tree antenna masts in your environment, use the Next Nature spotting app for iPhone to add them to our collection. The best picture wins a copy of our lustrous Next Nature book!

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Biomimicmarketing

eTree – Electric Gardening

Four meters high with wide leaves, eTree by Israel’s startup company Sologicis is an eco-sculpture that looks like a tree. Its foliage is made of solar panels able to produce energy. This photovoltaic tree is a free wifi spot, a station to recharge smartphones and a place where to sit in the shade.

The first eTree has been recently planted in the nature park Ramat Hanadiv, in Israel. In our power sources craving next nature, we garden our own electricity.

Via Inhabitat. Related post: Sunflowers – Electric Gardening