Tag: Suburban Utopia

vertical forest
Manufactured Landscapes

When Buildings Become Trees

What if buildings could become trees? That vision is what Italian architect Stefano Boeri is aiming at with his Vertical Foresting. Boeri’s high-rises do not just stand there like trees; in fact, they are “trees”. They emulate how trees function or, to be more exact, how they “breathe”.

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Google Cars Sniff Out Pollution
Suburban Utopia

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Street View allows us to take a (virtual) look at almost any street in the world. Soon enough, it might also make us smell them. In partnership with Aclima, Google has been equipping its cars with various sensors designed to measure urban air pollution. Or, as Aclima CEO Davida Herzl put it: “It’s kind of like we’ve given the cars a nose”.

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Next Nature

The City as Technology in Tokyo

Cities might be the most advanced technology mankind has produced so far. A decade ago the tipping point was reached when more people lived in urban environments than in non-urban ones. But are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo, Japan.

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industry 4.0 modern warehouse, pallet rack storage system
Nongenetic Evolution

From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0

The modern warehouse has come a long way since its earliest iterations at the beginning of the industrial revolution, where massive storage facilities were needed to accommodate the mechanically produced goods of the era. While warehouse management practices and processes have evolved with the time, they’ll need to maintain their adaptability and versatility to accommodate the onset of Industry 4.0.

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fireflies
Fake Nature

Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

Oh look, a firefly…or is it a laser? Firefly-watching festivities are immensely popular in China and each season from the end of May until October draws flock of tourists. These events involve the release of tens of thousands of these glowing bugs outside their natural habitat. The East Lake Peony Garden, located in Wuhan (the capital of Hebei province) is China’s first firefly theme park. Yet, although the park itself is populated by some indigenous fireflies, many of them are not what they seem.

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high-altitude wind energy
Manufactured Landscapes

Will Kites Provide Wind Energy in the Future?

Wind technology is the star of the US. It can power 25 million homes, but it has some drawbacks. Wind turbines are expensive and can only capture winds that come at ground level. If you’ve sat and watched the clouds roll by, you know the wind moves more steadily in the higher atmosphere. Grounded turbines just can’t reach high-altitude wind energy. Kites, however, can.

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