French visionary architect Jacques Rougerie planned a utopian floating city shaped like a manta ray. This place has been conceived as a university city – 900 meters long and 500 meters wide – to host 7.000 international researchers, professors and students for extended stays. Inside there would be classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, living quarters and dedicated areas for leisure and sports.
From far away Czech artist Jakub Geltner‘s latest work appears as a flock of seagulls gathered on rocks. Looking closer your realize they are not perched birds, but surveillance cameras the artist has set up as a part of his series Nest.
This installation, titled Nest 05, explores the notion of surveillance in even our most peaceful places, the areas we seek when we want to escape. Geltner focuses on the growing presence of cameras cities, letting viewers decide whether or not that presence is desirable.
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“God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands” Voltaire said in the 18th century. Waterlicht is a recent project by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde that reminds us about this quote and therefore how humans have had an impact on the landscape of the Netherlands.
As a virtual flood submerging Museum Square in Amsterdam, Waterlicht shows how high the water could reach in the Dutch capital without human intervention.
“Waterlicht shows how the Netherlands looks like without waterworks — a virtual flood. Innovation is seen throughout our landscape, pushed by the waterworks and our history, but yet we almost seem to have forgotten this” says Daan Roosegaarde.
The Rijksmuseum recent acquisition of the 17th century painting by Jan Asselijndepicting the 1651 Amsterdam flood was the impetus for the exhibition over Museum Square. Both pieces reflect on the water history of the Netherlands and the interaction between man, nature and technology.
Natural landscape lit up by artificial light. It’s Neon Luminance, a project by San Francisco-based photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard, that transforms the waterfalls of Northern California into a glowing scenery using a colorful range of glow sticks, lasers, road flares, headlamps.
It’s more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a reporter, author, biologist: we have entered a graphite mine, where ancient algae are turned into high-tech gadgets, we have discovered a former military training areas that has become a neo-natural ecosystem, we have encountered plants and birds that try to live and thrive in the new geological epoch we are about to name after ourselves, the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene will not be a smooth ride, but an exciting one.
I was on my bike, cycling to Berlin’s Gleisdreieck area to attend Re:publica, Germany’s hip and cool digital culture event, when a pile of rubble caught my attention. “Gleisdreieck”, or “rail track triangle”, has in recent years become a hotspot of urban development. For decades, the area had been a kind of inner-city wilderness, an urban savannah with little formal use.
Dutch architect Chris Collaris and designers Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde, saw a new sustainable potential in discarded mega oil tankers in the Southern Gulf Region. Their Black Gold project explores the possibility of converting them into complete floating villages.
Biologist Alina Schick developed trees that grow sideways, instead of growing upwards. Called GraviPlant, these plants seem to challenge the force of gravity indeed. Schick used a clever trick to make that happen and she hopes this unusual technique will become a new way to go green in the city.
Humans have dreamed of taking control of the weather for ages. Now that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are on the rise, this might become one of their next tasks. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) picked six test sites throughout the US to experiment with drone-based cloud seeding.
Cloud seeding is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from the clouds. Previously this technique was applied in other ways like launching silver iodide rockets into the clouds from the ground. This happened during the chinese olympics for example. The goal of this study is to make weather control more affordable and easier to control by using UAVs.
Imagine the possibilities of this technology, it could have significant effects on agriculture and arid areas. Soon there might be UAVs able to turn deserts into oases or the 25th of December into a white Christmas at the flick of a switch!