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Anthropocene

Old Cellphones to Fight Deforestation

The rainforest produces an extraordinary symphony that drowns out the threatening sound of the lumberjack chainsaws. To protect it, American start-up Rainforest Connection transformed recycled cell-phones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices. This low-cost solar tracking system is able to intercept illicit activities, mainly deforestation, and alert the rangers in real time. His founder is Californian engineer Tropher White. With the help of indigenous tribes he was able to make his ambitious project operational.

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Suburban Utopia

Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Prolonged exposure to artificial light prevents urban trees from adjusting to seasonal variations. Notice how the leaves of this tree have fallen, except for those directly under the streetlight. Recent research demonstrated how high-intensity light sources have the greatest impact on delaying leaf senescence, throwing off a plant response to the change of seasons. Peculiar image of the week via Physics FAU.

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Manufactured Landscapes

What Is Next Nature? #5

Can you relate to this? You’re walking on the pavement in a park or garden and you want to take a shortcut by crossing a grass field. You step off the road and on the grass, the soft soil underfoot feels comfortable, but it also feels like you’re doing something illegal. You look around expecting signs that say “do not walk on the grass”, but there are none. Indirectly we are taught that nature is something to behold, not to touch.

Read the entire Next Nature is… series.

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Anthropocene

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Human impact on this planet is evident, we modified ecosystems and landscapes. Since day one of our appearance on Earth we tried to know, understand and ultimately control our surroundings. Travelers all over the world constantly look for untouched lands and real nature, although lately this is harder and harder. After a long research, scientists now say that untouched nature is almost entirely gone.

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Office Garden

World’s First 3D Printed Building

The various advantages of 3D printing technology are widely known. According to some, it will radically change how we look at the world in the near future. From healthcare to design, it is already breaking rules and opening many possibilities. Traditional methods of building and food production will probably become obsolete in the next 50 to 100 years. The latest 3D printed breakthrough come from Dubai. They’re calling it the ‘office of the future’ and it is the first completely 3D printed office building.

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Manufactured Landscapes

A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

Terrapattern is a new search engine that allows users to seek out similar-looking locations from aerial perspective and finds connections between different landscapes and human-built environments. Its potential is very wide, it is a powerful tool for everyone, from researchers to designers or artists. The concept is simple, you click on a single place on the map, like a tennis court or a pool, then the search engine works its magic. A clever algorithm ties together similar shapes of different colors and shapes, giving the user a unique selection of similar environments.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Foster’s Prototype for a Droneport

Last year we talked about Norman Foster’s project for a Droneport. Now a full-scale prototype has been presented at the latest Venice architecture Biennale. The works to build the world’s first airport for drones will start this year in Rwanda. The Droneport will provide aid and support to inaccessible regions. By 2020, when the technology will improve, drones will be capable of lifting up to 20 pounds or more, covering distances of hundreds of kilometers throughout Africa.

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Suburban Utopia

ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

It is well-known how modern agricultural methods are damaging our surroundings, environment and the quality of the goods we consume. Is it possible to truly liberate us from this burden while keeping the same quality of life? A Danish architecture firm, EFFEKT, developed the creation on California-based builder ReGen Villages, which envisioned an utopian future where self-sustained communities could be completely autonomous by producing their own food and energy.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

What would happen if we could isolate iconic buildings and place them in beautiful natural settings? This is photographer and designer Anton Repponen‘s latest project, Misplaced → New York. He was able to put these stunning architectural monuments in the spotlight by placing them in a natural landscape, where they can be observed without all the distracting elements that surrounds them in a town, like New York City in this case.

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