Tag: manufactured-landscapes

wind turbines
Suburban Utopia

Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

Wind power is an excellent source of clean energy. The use of large wind turbines is growing worldwide and the demand continues to increase. That’s why the Scottish government proposed to build a windfarm of 335 turbines in the waters of the North Sea, a few miles off Scotland’s east coast. It could have brought jobs and more clean energy and be beneficial to everyone, except for one group: birds.

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climate change antarctica
Anthropocene

Antarctica Is Turning Green

Try looking online for images of ‘Antarctica’ and rest assured you will have a series of enchanted pristine white landscapes presented to you on a silver platter. Well that’s about to change as rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern part of the continent over the last 50 years.

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Introducing bicycles to purify pollution as you pedal.
Suburban Utopia

Smog Free Bicycles

Dutch artist, innovator and NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. In 2014 he initiated the Smog Free Project, consisting of an award-winning Smog Free Tower that produces clean air in public space and the Smog Free Ring, made of smog collected from the tower. Roosegaarde’s latest concept in his quest for unpolluted cities is the Smog Free Bicycle, a bike that purifies pollution as you pedal.

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air traffic in one day photography
Manufactured Landscapes

One Day of Air Traffic

Humans have a long history of colonizing the sky: every day there are on average 8.000 planes in the air carrying over half a million people, creating an interesting landscape. Los Angeles based photographer Mike Kelley daily documents the aerial landscape and captures the entire day of air traffic in just one image.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

We know Donald Trump wants to build a wall: a massive project of 3.100 km to separate Mexico and US. He asked for border wall designs and got something else. Out of over 200 proposals submitted to the Department of Homeland Security, one stands out greatly. A Mexican American design and engineering collective named MADE submitted a beautiful proposal: Otra Nation.

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Fake Nature

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Leafs are great. Not just visually beautiful when turning our forests from green to yellow but with great internal power. From turning sun in usable energy to serving the human as a tissue repair for damaged hearts. This time though, it is not the leaf we are used to see in our common habitat but a bionic one, showing us once again how old and new nature can merge.

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endless runway circular airport
Manufactured Landscapes

Circular Runway for Airport Efficiency

Humans have long wished to fly, but unfortunately we still don’t have wings. We do have an alternative: airplanes. In this moment there are more people flying on a plane, than there were alive on earth in the stone age. With the worldwide increased demand for planes and airports but less land available for huge constructions, we might need to rethink how our airports are built.

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Skyscraper Clouds Architecture Analemma
Manufactured Landscapes

Skyscraper Hanging from the Sky

We like tall buildings. Huge concrete monsters extends themselves high up in the sky. What if we rethink the system and instead of building from earth into sky, we do it the other way around? New York based architecture based Clouds put forward this innovative proposal: suspending the world’s tallest skyscraper from an asteroid, leaving its inhabitants to parachute to earth.

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