Tag: manufactured-landscapes

Anthropocene

Holland Before the Dikes

Oh no! What do we have here? A map of The Netherlands with all its major cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Almere – flooded and vanished into the ocean. Must be a speculative rendering of what happens when climate change kicks in and ocean levels rise. Is this our future? Think again, this is what some historians believe our past was, long before people started building dikes in the lowlands.

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Solar energy plant Marocco
Manufactured Landscapes

Imported African Sun: Coming Soon

The moroccan town of Ouarzazate became famous when his desertic landscapes and sunny weather atracted Hollywood producers to film movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator. Now it’s time for it to shine with a new light. The recently opened Noor solar power plant is the biggest in the world. It will power Morocco and, if everything goes as planned, will make imported solar energy a reality.

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Plants Grow Along Highways
Suburban Utopia

Sea Delicatessen Grow Along Highways

With winter just around the corner, salt trucks are getting ready to hit the road spreading tons of salt. Ice free asphalt is necessary to drive safely and keep transports running. However, often the salt is scattered also on the soil surrounding the roads, harming the local vegetation. Though there is an unexpected side effect: delicious salt-tolerant plants from the coast are now growing alongside the highway.

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We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat during VR days Europe 2016, and experience what it means to live in Next Nature.
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Next Nature Habitat VR Preview

If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.

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Meet the Weather Drone

The Weather Drone controls the weather: it makes sure the sun will shine on your birthday, or that the rain will fall during a period of drought. The worldwide demand for solutions to atmospheric necessities is critical, therefore the Weather Drone not only monitors the environment, it also helps us manage water resources and alter the climate when needed.

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Paris passed a new law that not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them in doing so.
Suburban Utopia

Guerilla Gardening in Paris

A Jardin Partagé is a shared community garden born in Lille in 1997. Since its first establishment, this phenomenon has extended across France to stimulate social relationships among the citizens and improve gardening techniques that respect biodiversity. Paris recently approved a new law, which not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them to develop their green thumb.

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This village is powered by building-integrated solar panels and provides shelter for 350 people, putting sunlight to better use.
Manufactured Landscapes

Egypt’s First Solar-Powered Village

It’s safe to say there is no shortage of sunlight in the Egyptian desert. While a desert is often seen as a hostile living environment, a village situated around the Bahariya Oasis is demonstrating the contrary. The so-called Tayebat Workers Village is powered by building-integrated solar panels and provides shelter for 350 people, putting sunlight to better use.

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