Growth Assembly

Arnoud van den Heuvel
October 16th 2009

herbicide sprayer

Though the example product seems a little far-fetched; growth assembly could be quite revolutionary. Worldwide shipping of manufactured things is very inefficient. Why not ship devices and utensils in a single envelope? As seeds.

"Our idea of industry will grow to include nature. Genetically altered organisms will be an everyday thing. Introducing diversity and softness to a realm once dominated by heavy manufacturing. Shops will evolve into factory farms. Licenced products are grown where sold. We will no longer ship products around the world. Only seeds will be shipped as they contain all the manufacturing instructions encoded in their dna."


spike cup


tube plant



Where the demonstrated herbicide sprayer takes 'only' seven altered botanical organisms to make the assembly, imagine how many species would have to be grown in a factory farm to make a car.

Link: & | illustrations by Sion Ap Tomos. | Related: How to Grow an Orangina Bottle | The World Without Technology

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Koert van Mensvoort
Posted 04/08/2010 – 20:16

This reminds me of the 'How to grow an Orangina Bottle' project by Debbie Mollenhagen.

Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 10/11/2009 – 04:32

@greg Because it is a product that relates to plants? I guess it could as well have been a sprinkler or a lawnmower.

Posted 10/11/2009 – 04:10

why a herbiside sprayer ?

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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