Tag: On-the-Road

On-the-Road

Pondering the Future

Pondering the Future

Peculiar image of the week. Langley researcher Elton W. Miller stands poised in the Propeller Research Tunnel, as if pondering the future of aviation in this image from mid-1927. Image credit: Nasa.

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Biomimicry

Elephant sends sms messages to rangers

In the Kenyan wildlife conservancy Ol Pejeta elephants are tagged with a GPS-triggered text messaging device. Before the elephants start raiding the nearby villagers’ harvest they send a text message to the rangers. The rangers respond by chasing the elephants off again. The tag also enables online elephant tracking through Google Earth for preservation concerns. How long will it take until the wildlife online identity will walk around in second life for safari tours? And people get killed on the internet by grumpy elephant bulls?

Not only elephants are tagged with GPS coordinates, also other wild animals can be tracked easily. So the safari experience comes with ‘wildlife guarantee’ these days. It seems that even Africa looses its adventurous nature. When will we drive with our landrovers through the stock-market hunting for broke speculators?

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Back to the Tribe

One mans output is another mans input

Within old nature one organism’s droppings becomes another organism’s food. This is a cycle that will continue going for ever and is vital for the old nature’s balance.

Nowadays within our major cities we can find this same cycle emerging in the form of Reverse Graffiti. With this art form one mans “droppings” becomes another mans art “food”.

Is this our way of keeping balance?

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Suburban Utopia

Waves of Asphalt

Set amid farmland in rural Japan, this small project is a bizarre hybrid of landscape art and infrastructure. It consists of a square, 20-space car park that looks as if it has been struck by an earthquake – its corners have been lifted into the air, its surface ripples and buckles and a great gash has been torn in its black asphalt surface.

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Design-for-debate

Design = No sign

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The Wilson Quarterly profiles the in January 2008 departed traffic engineer, Hans Monderman, of the “less is more” school of traffic control:

(…) Previously, Monderman, like any good Dutch traffic engineer, would have deployed, if not an actual traffic light, the tools of what is known as “traffic calming”: speed bumps, warning signs, bollards, or any number of highly visible ­interventions.

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