From April 1st a virtual poetry museum will open “its doors” at Museumplein in Amsterdam, all jokes aside. The museum is a project by International Silence (Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd) and counts as the fifth museum of the famous square. The first augmented exhibition, curated by writer Anna Enquist, will feature a selection of Dutch poets, such as Ida Gerhardt, Annie M.G. Schmidt, René Puthaar, Menno Wigman and more. Each artist will present six poems in a pavilion-like construction, which will be freely accessible via this link. See you there?
During the last the Geneva Motor Show, French aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Italian design company Italdesign recently unveiled their brand new modular transportation system Pop.UP for urban environments. This new transportation system features an incredible aircraft-car and a flexible system supporting the vehicle.
It should come as no surprise to hear that global air pollution in urban areas is getting worse. It has risen by 8% in the last five years and about 80% of the cities deal with unhealthy levels of air pollution, as measured by the World Health Organization. In effect, there are 300 million children inhabiting places with the most toxic recorded levels of outdoor pollution, according to UNICEF. That’s why Danish design studio Kilo created the Woobi air pollution mask, suitable for kids aged six and up.
A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are growing, leading local police officers to believe a network of organized crime is seeking to profit from escalating honey prices. It appears the search for the liquid gold is on a quest to prevail, since prices for native Manuka honey have tripled in value since 2012.
Tomorrow you could already move into your very own $10,134 home! Weather its gonna look like a spaceship, a castle or a huge piece of cake its up to you. Sounds like a dream right? Russian 3D printing company Apis Cor recently built the first 3D printed house on site with their mobile 3D printer.
In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.
Our peculiar image of the week is picture of a tree. No wait, a tree with an advertisement. No wait, a cellphone antenna tree with an empty billboard and a tiny label that reads: Media 24/7. One has to agree the whole scene exemplifies media 24/7 alright. Only in lovely Dubai.
Artist: Unknown. Photo: Van Mensvoort