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Visual of Food Design in the 21th Century

Food Design in the 21th Century

Old nature provided us with a wide variety of food: fresh milk, crispy vegetables, nutritious meat. Yet this is not enough, we want more: We want a printed steak , square …

Visual of What food design can do

What food design can do

Food design gives us a taste of innovation. It visualizes, speculates, challenges and problem-solves.

Visual of How to design your future family

How to design your future family

Imagine a place called Reprodutopia. How would such a place look like?

Visual of How Food Scientists Engineer the

How Food Scientists Engineer the "Bliss Point" in Junk Food

Cheetos and other junk foods are more carefully engineered than the average bridge.

Visual of This podcast aims to help design better food systems

This podcast aims to help design better food systems

The podcast Food by Design was created by Sarah Codraro and Sandeep Pahuja, and is hosted by Sandeep. According to the makers "Our food system is not 'broken'. It’s working …

Visual of The things we design end up designing us

The things we design end up designing us

"While battling the forces of nature, man has become more and more independent of physical conditions. At the same time, however, he has become more and more dependent of …

Visual of The Story of our Food

The Story of our Food

Every time we eat a piece of food, we take a bite out of the world. All these small bites tell a dozen stories. A carton of eggs presents the story of contented hens, a bottle of …

Visual of Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Bio design crosses the border between the ‘made’ and the ‘born’. Enabling living organisms as essential design elements, it brings us products that adapt, grow, sense and repair …

Visual of Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Food and Concept designer, Chloé Rutzerveld, explains her 3D food printing project Edible Growth.

Visual of A Designers take on Intelligent Design

A Designers take on Intelligent Design

://nextnature.net A typographical film on the term ' Intelligent Design ' and its relation with design. Created by Christian Bramsiepe from the Köln International School of Design …

Visual of Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

What if design began to put everything but the human first? The needs of the human not paramount to the design process, but instead the other entities that we cohabit planet earth …

Visual of Geodesign

Geodesign

We have identified eight key defining moments that tell the story of geodesign, from ancient insight to artificial intelligence.

Visual of How to design your (home)office

How to design your (home)office

Designer Govert Flint proposes a new office concept, entirely based on movement and play.

Visual of 3D-printing food waste into tasty products

3D-printing food waste into tasty products

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this. Food waste is one of the biggest climate …

Visual of How to design a digital democracy

How to design a digital democracy

10 design requirements to fully immerse ourselves into the 21st Century—in which technology makes our world richer, not poorer.

Visual of Why some plastic packaging is necessary to prevent food waste

Why some plastic packaging is necessary to prevent food waste

There has been a surge in awareness of the damage that plastic pollution does to our planet in recent years. It has spurred a number of campaigns to remove single-use plastics …

Visual of Allergen Beagle – A Home Foodscanner

Allergen Beagle – A Home Foodscanner

No shellfish, no peanuts, no soy, no milk, no eggs. An increasing number of people suffer from various food allergies, which force them to constantly scan food packages for …

Visual of How to design your Self

How to design your Self

Who are you, who do you want to be, and what do you need to do to get there? We are constantly pushed to lead the perfect life. The media present us with a picture of an existence …

Visual of Design Your Own Vegetables

Design Your Own Vegetables

With her project Future Food Formula, food designer Chloé Rutzerveld is looking for innovative methods to design vegetables.

Visual of Future Food, the exhibition

Future Food, the exhibition

Imagine, it’s 2050 and you are feeling hungry. What will be on your plate? Where will your food come from, and how will it be produced? It may be juicy ants from the nearest …

Visual of A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

A few years ago, convincing meat-free “meat” was nothing more than a distant dream for most consumers. Meat substitutes in supermarkets lacked variety and quality. Plant-based …

Visual of Join us at the Embassy of Food Conference

Join us at the Embassy of Food Conference

Promising food design projects do not always find their way to producers, the market and ultimately to consumers. Why is that and what can we do to advance these ideas? Why is it …

Visual of Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

Always thinking about food? What about food that doesn’t exist yet? On the 18th of September at De Studio, Next Nature Network will host a night of talks on the future of food and …

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

The world needs interdisciplinary creators who are designing not just for humans, but for the rest of the living planet. To foster this thinking, Biodesign Challenge (BDC) pairs …

Visual of Food To Eat With Your Eyes

Food To Eat With Your Eyes

In Japan, fake food industry represents a century of old crafting tradition and a multi billion business.

Visual of Junk Food or Tobacco?

Junk Food or Tobacco?

An article about the future position of junk food.

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and animals. Nowadays, people integrate nature-time, body-time, inner-time, clock-time, and global 24/7 systems-time. Human beings, in past, current and next natures, have to deal with emergence and design of time in order to survive.

Visual of Future Food: Here's what we'll be eating in 2050

Future Food: Here's what we'll be eating in 2050

What will you be having for breakfast, lunch or dinner in 2050? Where will this food be sourced? And how will it be prepared? Edible insects? A hamburger made from cultured meat? …

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Over time, our bodies, our food and our environment have become more and more subject to design. As designers, we hold the responsibility and have the unique chance to envision …

Visual of Join the Next Nature Talkshow on biodesign!

Join the Next Nature Talkshow on biodesign!

A living lamp that you need to feed, a tapestry made of animal waste streams and tableware made from algae. Welcome to the wonderful world of biodesign.

Visual of A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

The eco-friendly food packaging material able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

Visual of Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Food is no food. Food is scent. Food is temporary experience. Food is message. Welcome to this magical gastronomy tour. You will enjoy the tasty (video)links below: Works by Chef …

Visual of NATURE: Where biology and design merge

NATURE: Where biology and design merge

Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade and Cooper Hewitt in New York present the comprehensive exhibition NATURE - in which internationally renowned designers, artists and inventors …

Visual of Fast Food = Lower Test Scores

Fast Food = Lower Test Scores

The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a study suggests.

Visual of Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

This story is part of Next Generation, a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of AI creates images of delicious food that doesn’t exist

AI creates images of delicious food that doesn’t exist

A team of researchers from Tel-Aviv University developed a neural network capable of reading a recipe and generating an image of what the finished, cooked product would look like. …

Visual of 3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

Exploring the possibilities of a new 3D food printer.

Visual of From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

Designer Michal Marko created a biodegradable food bowl. Can you imagine this bowl being used in fast-food restaurants?

Visual of Nano Product: The Food Printer

Nano Product: The Food Printer

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project , we share some speculative nanotech products with you. …

Visual of Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Lab grown meat is part of the trajectory that agricultural technology is already following.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

The extent to which new technologies are intervening with everyday life can hardly be underestimated. Virtual realities, nano- and biotechnology are increasingly providing new …

Visual of Apes Like Cooked Food, and What that Means for Human Evolution

Apes Like Cooked Food, and What that Means for Human Evolution

Humans are the only species on earth that cooks its food. Not only do we cook our food, but we usually find the flavor of cooked foods preferable to the raw version. Compare the …

Visual of Dutch Design Award Nomination

Dutch Design Award Nomination

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook is nominated for the 2014 Dutch Design Award!

Visual of There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids - how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the …

Visual of BP logo redesign

BP logo redesign

Over the past few months there has been a lot of commotion about the BP oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. It is considered as the largest offshore spill in U.S. …

Visual of Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution, Tuesday 30th June.

Visual of Turning Poop Back Into Food

Turning Poop Back Into Food

Nasa funded a program to turn astronauts’ poop into food.

Visual of The Surplus Food Supermarket

The Surplus Food Supermarket

This supermarket sells expired food to raise awareness over poverty, hunger and the environment.

Visual of Sneak Preview Food

Sneak Preview Food

Lets face it: we spoiled western people are pretty much imprisoned by our self created safe environments and remotely disconnected from the wonders and chaotic surprises of old …

Visual of Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Some months ago we sent out a call for proposals asking for visions, statements & ideas on we how we can design, build and live in next nature. We received an overwhelming …

Visual of Designing for NextNature @ TU Eindhoven

Designing for NextNature @ TU Eindhoven

Starting February 2009 the Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology takes Next Nature as one of its educational themes. The Industrial Design …

Visual of Who designed the banana?

Who designed the banana?

Looking at a banana from a design perspective, one immediately notices the fruit is highly ergonomic and sophisticated: Bananas fit perfectly in the human hand, they come with a …

Visual of How We Domesticated Food

How We Domesticated Food

We tend to believe that the fruit and the vegetables we eat today are "natural" and the same as they always were. It turns out that in the past this familiar food didn't look like this at all.

Visual of Submit your project to the Bio Art & Design Awards 2022

Submit your project to the Bio Art & Design Awards 2022

Hello upcoming bio artists and designers! We invite designers and artists interested in bio art & design to propose projects for collaborative work across disciplines. The Bio …

Visual of Future Food House in Rotterdam

Future Food House in Rotterdam

Behold the first pictures of our Bistro In Vitro ice bar in the Future Food House.

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.

Visual of Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook won the Design Research Award.

Visual of Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how synthetic biology inspires her for designing the cars of the future.

Visual of AI Foodcial Recognition 

AI Foodcial Recognition 

Pic2Recipe is an artificial intelligence system able to recognize ingredients, identify a dish and suggest recipes from a single image.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop. This weekend at the Media Design Program @ Art Center College of Design . See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Interactive Nanotech Food

Interactive Nanotech Food

Nanotechnology isn't just protecting your food - it's in your food. Scientists are manufacturing nano-sized vitamins that are easier for our bodies to absorb. In the future they …

Visual of Design Indaba Interview

Design Indaba Interview

Our South African friends of Design Indaba made a nifty little video of the presentation we did at What Design Can Do this spring.

Visual of Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Designer and architect Neri Oxman explores how digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Watch the TED talk.

Visual of Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Icelandic Product Design student Ari Jónsson has used red algae powder and water to create a biodegradable water bottle.

Visual of RedesignMe

RedesignMe

We are all born in a world that has been designed already. Cars, dishwashers, dildo's, remote controls, ATM machines. Although these products are supposed to make life better, …

Visual of Food Familiarization #3: Mimicry

Food Familiarization #3: Mimicry

Beware the vegetarian sausage in the grass...

Visual of NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal …

Visual of Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Created by Bruce Mau , who is not so much interested in the world of design, as in the design of the world. See also Napkin Sketch – Nature changes along with us .

Visual of Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Two master's students have created a speculative device to simulate the sensations of eating.

Visual of Smart Tags Change Color as Food Spoils

Smart Tags Change Color as Food Spoils

Smart Tags stick to containers of food and change color when something has expired.

Visual of Designed to Survive Our Roads

Designed to Survive Our Roads

A road safety campaign in the Australian state of Victoria exposed an educational, yet confronting picture to raise awareness to the vulnerable human body on the road.

Visual of How to turn your 3D printer into a food printer

How to turn your 3D printer into a food printer

While the pandemic has restricted us from doing many activities we like, household hobbies such as DIY , baking and crafts have become more popular. Now there’s a way to combine …

Visual of We could power households from the scraps in our food waste bins

We could power households from the scraps in our food waste bins

Imagine if you could power your kettle using the energy generated from the vegetable cuttings quietly breaking down in your kitchen’s compost bin. That reality might not be so far …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Nowadays, children know more corporate logo's and brands than bird or tree species. The average Western person has more worries about the instability of financial markets and …

Visual of Food Fight

Food Fight

If food and consumption are part of a nations identity, then could warfare be culturally determined as well? The short film that plays with this theme is called Food Fight by …

Visual of Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Food Familiarization #1: Semantic Tricks

Food Familiarization #1: Semantic Tricks

When does a rose not smell as sweet? When it's a Patagonian toothfish.

Visual of Food Familiarization #2: Celebrity Endorsement

Food Familiarization #2: Celebrity Endorsement

How "celebrity endorsements" transformed the potato from the devil's tuber into a global staple.

Visual of Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

This whole week you can come and taste meat ice at Le Bistro In Vitro in the main hall of Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part VIII- Fast Food

Moments in Meat History Part VIII- Fast Food

The very first restaurant to typify the modern fast food genre was White Castle, who opened their first location in 1916 in Witchita, USA. Ironically, at the time fast food was …

Visual of Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you’ve got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

If we are going to mutate the made & the born, let us at least do this creatively.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

As an organ designer, you develop genetic algorithms from which organs are grown to perfectly fit the recipient’s body, but also to meet the personal wishes of the patient.

Visual of Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

The delicate armchair depicted at left is a Finnish design created in 1931-1932 by architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), who in Scandinavia is sometimes called the …

Visual of Design for dummies

Design for dummies

Creativity for all! Design used to be predestined to a select group of qualified brand–owning designers. That model is made redundant. At least, if it is up to Studio Ludens in …

Visual of Army Protected Organic Foods

Army Protected Organic Foods

Over the last few decades, the public has been – and still is – creating awareness on the values of organically produced foods. For many foodies an important value of organic …

Visual of Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

If you happen to be in the neighborhood you may want to attend the Next Nature lecture at the Island Design March on March 22 in the "most northerly capital in the world". If you …

Visual of The Food Pill

The Food Pill

Sweet, sour, salty, science: Food Technology!

Visual of Cockroach Milk: the Next Superfood?

Cockroach Milk: the Next Superfood?

A recent research reveals that the next extra nutritious ingredient may be the liquid produced by cockrach mothers to feed their offsprings. Are you willing to try it?

Visual of Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Wanted: New jobs for humans and robots! Which designers, technicians, robot enthusiasts will help us with innovative, feasible ideas for the new jobs of the future?

Visual of This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

FarmBot Genesis is humanity's first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated food production.

Visual of Climate Change Turns Leaves into Junk Food

Climate Change Turns Leaves into Junk Food

Climate change turns rainforest leaves into junk food.

Visual of Food sculpture

Food sculpture

Culture becomes nature. Food as well. Check it out here

Visual of Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk at the Art Center College of Design on March 5th. See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

Welcome to the 11 part series The Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Product Design. In this series, we will be examining how designers can better integrate human-like forms or …

Visual of City Rats Love Ethnic Food

City Rats Love Ethnic Food

City rats, it seems, prefer the same foods that humans do: Greasy, fatty, sweet, and salty. Although rats are usually seen as the billy goats of city life, ready to chow down on …

Visual of Playing with Your Food (Industry)

Playing with Your Food (Industry)

Back in the old days, we played with a  Playmobil ®   farm. With a farmhouse, two pigs and a chicken, and it was a fair reflection of how the food industry worked. Nowadays small …

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

Innovative Nostalgia

We humans simply feel more comfortable with technological change when it comes in a familiar form that refers to an existing and accepted object, habit, value, tradition or intuition.

Visual of Living Food

Living Food

Minsu Kim created a wonderful series of living dishes that wiggle and wave on your plate.

Visual of NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

Our traveling NANO Supermarket is nominated for a Dutch Design Award. Winners will be announced late October.

Visual of Microwave VS Food Printer

Microwave VS Food Printer

3D food printer or microwave oven?

Visual of Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Plastic artist Agi Haines explores hypothetical scenarios for surgically implanted body enhancements in babies.

Visual of Future of Food: Eating From the Ditch

Future of Food: Eating From the Ditch

For years scientist and farmers are researching the possibilities of eating duckweed, shoveling it out of the ditches onto our plates. This proteinrich plants can be used in animal fodders or be eaten by humans.

Visual of Insect Ramen: the New Food Trend

Insect Ramen: the New Food Trend

Tokyo restaurant offers sustainable new dish - ramen noodles topped with crunchy insects and people love it

Visual of Designer pets

Designer pets

If your house just isn't big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I …

Visual of Design = No sign

Design = No sign

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 …

Visual of Design Your Sims

Design Your Sims

IKEA is going to sell furniture with Electronic Arts via The Sims 2 game. Soon, it will be possible for you game addicts, to refurbish your Sims living room into your own …

Visual of Inside the Fastfood

Inside the Fastfood "Photokitchen"

Why does your food look different in advertising than it does in the store? A Canadian McDonald's marketing manager tries to answer this common question with a behind-the-scenes …

Visual of 33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

A new study from the marine conservation group Oceana reveals that a full one-third of seafood across the US is mislabeled. Not surprisingly, the most expensive fish is also the …

Visual of Designer babies: the kids of the future?

Designer babies: the kids of the future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism?

Visual of Dog Design

Dog Design

Highly designed pet products—

Visual of Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Visual of Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere . With the great pacific garbage patch now twice …

Visual of Debugged: 'Graphic Design Bugs'

Debugged: 'Graphic Design Bugs'

The Eindhoven-based design team ' Edhv ' made an installation to turn creepy crawlers into genuine graphic designers. By letting crickets, woodlice, ants and many other insects …

Visual of Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

According to this fictitious future medical bill almost every part of the human body will be repairable in 2028. Gut bacteria replacement, Bone tissue growth for skull repair, …

Visual of Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that four of their “ REMUS 100 ” unmanned underwater vehicles sailed off-radar and stopped responding to commands. The ‘bots were part of a …

Visual of Cockroach Farms Do Big Business for Food and Pharmaceuticals

Cockroach Farms Do Big Business for Food and Pharmaceuticals

Big bugs make big bucks for Chinese farmers turning to roach ranching.

Visual of The Designer who Grows Furniture

The Designer who Grows Furniture

Gavin Munro is creating a farm where planted trees can be grown around braces and harvested as fully formed chairs, sculptures, lamps, and tables.

Visual of Banana by Design

Banana by Design

If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.

Visual of Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science …

Visual of Lecture @ Design Academy

Lecture @ Design Academy

If you happen to be in the neighborhood this Wednesday...

Visual of Green Colors Make Food Seem Healthier

Green Colors Make Food Seem Healthier

Which candy bar you choose depends on the color of the packaging.

Visual of Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

A Chinese inventor created a $24,500 robot from junkyard scraps.

Visual of We Are Not Alone Eating Fast Food

We Are Not Alone Eating Fast Food

Beekeepers in France have been puzzled by their bees producing blue and green honey. Turned out the bees were eating waste from an M&Ms factory.

Visual of Design by Termite

Design by Termite

Why not outsource your laser engraving jobs to termites?

Visual of Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Feeling grumpy and hungry? Unfortunately, the University of Tokyo's Happiness Counter refrigerator won't open up until you give it a big smile. The concept is based on the fact …

Visual of Design Looking Backwards

Design Looking Backwards

Should digital technology imitate that which exists, or could it also surpass it?

Visual of Elephants are geodesigners, too

Elephants are geodesigners, too

Imagine you’re in a hot air balloon flying over an African savanna in the late growing season. Below, herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests and rhinos roam a mosaic landscape …

Visual of Track freshness and reduce food waste with Rui Xu

Track freshness and reduce food waste with Rui Xu

Imagine this: you wake up on a lazy Sunday morning, trudging your way to the fridge only to be welcomed with the smell of something rotting. Did the meat expire sooner than …

Visual of Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

As a young bio designer at the start of your career, you'll have to overtake all kinds of obstacles. From the collection of living materials to working in a laboratory and …

Visual of Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists and designers, yet the urgency to connect to nature is more pressing than ever. Environmental issues such as …

Visual of Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview with Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.

Visual of Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Before we can decide if we will ever be willing to eat in-vitro, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us.

Visual of How an app is helping restaurants cut food waste

How an app is helping restaurants cut food waste

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this. Food waste is one of the biggest climate …

Visual of Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology, Pauline van Dongen researches the human body in relation to its surroundings.

Visual of How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

Humans have been manipulating living things for thousands of years. Examples of early biotechnologies include domesticating plants and animals and then selectively breeding them …

Visual of Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

We recently handed this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open sourced recycling machines, he provides people around the world the knowledge to start recycling plastic locally.

Visual of In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something …

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of Next Generation: Why Annie Larkins' egg project is essential for future food thinking

Next Generation: Why Annie Larkins' egg project is essential for future food thinking

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Lining up plans for Dutch Design Week ? Once more, 2600 designers gather in over 120 locations during 450 events. So whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, …

Visual of Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

We live in a world of fast or disposable fashion. This industry is increasingly impacting the environment due to the use of toxic chemicals, water and energy consumption, heavy …

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Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

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Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

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This book explains why cooking food was essential to human evolution

A must-read to the Next Nature fan: Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human (2009). Written by British primatologist Richard Wrangham, the author shares his hypothesis that …

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Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Interview with Govert Flint, designer, architect and self-taught artist.

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Designer Anouk Wipprecht combines fashion with robotics

We met Anouk Wipprecht and talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

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What an artificial womb may look like in the future

In the future, artificial wombs could replace incubators as they mimic the natural environment of the female uterus. But what will these devices look like?

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THRIVE: an expo in designing nature and growing technology

THRIVE expo showcases the latest works at the convergence of art, design, and biology, which examine current and future uses of biotechnology.

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Sitting on Tofu

Italian Designer discovers new material. A ideal throne for a vegan king.

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Modernist Food

This modernist food makes the future of 3D printed food look pretty tasty!

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Human Nature, designing the equilibrium with Koert van Mensvoort

Under the title Human Nature, designing the equilibrium, eleven designers will answer questions about a future in which Humankind and Nature enter into a new relationship. An …

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Tiny Food Made in a Tiny Kitchen

A small introduction to tiny cooking.

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Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Hyundai envisions a future where your smart home is your driverless car, and vice versa.

Visual of How a starfish inspires robotic design

How a starfish inspires robotic design

In a feat of biomimicry that seamlessly marries biology with physics, tests carried out at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering made fascinating …

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Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

The world of design is in need of new materials that align with the urgency for sustainability. Issues such as climate change, plastic waste and harmful materials require us to …

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Tulip Island - Design a Polder

A proposal to gain 600.000 m 2 of land near the Dutch coast recently came from the CDA (Dutch Christian-Democratic political party). The idea is to create a tulip-shaped island …

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A new mythology of technology

In conversation with architect Julia Watson, a leading expert on Indigenous technologies and author of 'Lo-TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism'.

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Interview Matilde Boelhouwer: Making urban environments flower again

Matilde Boelhouwer is a designer whose work speculates between art, design, science, biology and food. Matilde shapes this obligation into a studio which mainly focuses on the …

Visual of Screen mutations and reframing perspectives with Louisa Zahareas

Screen mutations and reframing perspectives with Louisa Zahareas

In the digital era of a globalized world, our screens have become a second set of eyes. Communication has advanced leaps and bounds, to a point where we cannot imagine a world …

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Nurturing Architecture

The way we currently build is not sustainable. We will have to develop a sustainable living environment that matches our human needs, intuitions and potential.

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Get with the (cultured meat) times by evolving in vitro with Yuval Yancovitch

With 7.9 billion people and counting, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations predicts that by 2050, food supply needs to grow by 70% in order to accommodate …

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But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

Read Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft's essay on judaism in relation to the production of laboratory-grown meat.

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Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Biotechnology is nearly as old as humanity itself. The food you eat and the pets you love? You can thank our ancestors for kickstarting the agricultural revolution, using …

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What will your future supermarket look like?

What will the supermarket of the future look like? And what kind of food will you be able to buy there? That is what the Embassy of Food is researching. The production and …

Visual of Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Urban Skyfarm is a giant tree-shaped farm system for environmental improvement in food production and distribution.

Visual of Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Designers face an unprecedented urgency to alter their methods and reprioritize their goals to address the accelerating degradation of the environment. This new …

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An introduction to Biomimicry

The first time I explained biomimicry to a stranger was not in a talk or a workshop but in a big-box bookstore just after Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature had come out. I …

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The World Without Technology

I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke – their food, …

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Fresh from the Pharm

Will we in the future still buy several needs according food in shops, or will we grow M&M’s ourselves? There is a lot happening on in the field of food technology , think for …

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Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Asian architects of AT Design Office want to build an incredible floating underwater metropolis that is also self-sufficient.

Visual of The Material Futures of Central Saint Martins

The Material Futures of Central Saint Martins

Meet United Matters, a London collective exploring how we might live in the future by blurring the boundaries between craft, science and technology.

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In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning …

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Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Nine creatives in biotech you need to know right now

The field of biofabrication is still new to most people. As founder and CEO of Biofabricate, Suzanne Lee shared with us this exciting online event series Creatives in Biotech . If …

Visual of Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

Solar cells are often considered an eyesore, used for their sustainability yet not for their beauty. Installed on roofs or in solar parks, they take up precious space. Well that’s …

Visual of The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

In vitro meat has the capacity to transform meat production as we know it, introducing an entirely new way of thinking about and interacting with food.

Visual of Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview with Liam Young on his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role in nature as humans.

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Organic Coca-Cola

Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you may be. You can’t beat the real thing. It really refreshes and brings real satisfaction in every glass. It was not until America’s …

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Why insects are not the new sushi

People across the world have been eating insects for thousands of years. We know that approximately 2,000 species are edible and that these insects are eaten in many different …

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Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

Australian regulators will soon be faced with a challenge: can animal flesh produced in a lab be called meat? Amid reports that lab-grown meat could be on sale this year, the US …

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On the origin of the e-bike

The oldest known serious candidate forerunner for the bicycle is the ‘running machine’ built by the German Baron Karl von Drais. His two-wheeled machine became known as the …

Visual of Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

As modern humans, we are out of balance with our natural environment. With use of technology, we try to prolong our human lifespan and create materials that live longer than we …

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FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

Bacteria are traditionally perceived as infectious and unhealthy, but that is about to change. This week designer Jan van der Asdonk graduated from the Next Nature Lab at the TU/e …

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NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

After the successful introduction of the NANO Supermarket in 2010 it became even more clear that the contest and the presented results produced discussions and many challenges to …

Visual of Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

Summer is here and the sun is out, and yes, this is awesome. After a long day in the sizzling summer sun, you get a group of people together to share some delicious food, …

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Digital Gastronomy

The food printer seems to be one of those lustrous concepts that continues to pop-up in the fantasy of techno-connoisseurs. Some years ago James King already proposed a printed …

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There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

So you’re triggered by our call for products and now you’re considering to send in one, two or maybe three of your brilliant products for the Nano Supermarket? Good. Or – and this …

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Anthropomorphobia

Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

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A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A stunning pre-history of the anthropocene

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Plants + Science = Meat!

What if you could have the taste of a juicy, sizzling burger without the destructive impact of using animals for meat? That is what Impossible Foods wants to do with its new burger.

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Next Nature Interview

For the Venezuelan Magazine Platanoverde , Gabriela Valdivieso y Lope Gutiarrez-Ruiz interviewed artist/scientist Koert van Mensvoort and discussed some of the idea's behind Next …

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Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

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Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on …

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Growing the Future of Meat

Outside of the limits imposed by the edges of an animal’s body, the cells can reproduce and multiply until they exhaust the nutrients and space provided, filling petri dishes and vats to grow the future of meat.

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From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

Chloé Rutzerveld presents a modern version of the iconic stroopwafel, fully made of vegetables.

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How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

A stack of pancakes ladened with syrup, a frothy latte posed next to a white MacBook, a deep pan pizza oozing with cheese. Instagram has made “food porn” – images that portray …

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Nature Loves Technology

We interviewed William Myers and Emma van der Leest, curators of Nature Loves Technology, our exhibition at Floriade 2022

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Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius …

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Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

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The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

The phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath. More …

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Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Grossed Out by Lab-Grown Meat? Here's 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be

In vitro meat is creepy, unnatural and downright disgusting – and so is every other kind of food we eat.

Visual of Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Rachel Armstrong discusses living buildings, Venice's foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future.

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How blockchain technology is changing the agriculture industry

Blockchain is useful for more than cryptocurrency. It’s revolutionizing industry after industry. Next, it may change the way we get our food. The agriculture industry is complex. …

Visual of Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

The world is developing, climate change is happening and it's time for us to do something. Now. One strategy would be to simply stop eating meat — or at least reduce the amount of …

Visual of Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference …

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In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

Many people welcome in vitro meat because of what it may mean for animals. Even though they often find the idea strange, the promise for animals is widely felt as a source of hope.

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ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

We asked Ritsert Mans, our second ECO coin award nominee about his bike, the technology that fuels it and his hopes for the future.

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Turning surplus bread into craft beer

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this. Food waste is one of the biggest climate …

Visual of Five must-see exhibitions before 2020

Five must-see exhibitions before 2020

A large-scale asian food market serving in vitro meat, a transatlantic expo on the future of nature and a travelling exhibition that explores our relationship with AI. These five …

Visual of Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Meet Pirjo Kääriäinen, professor of design driven fibre innovation at Aalto University, Finland. Kääriäinen founded CHEMARTS —a collaborative program at the university that brings …

Visual of Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Next Generation: Shaping intimacy through objects with Pleun van Dijk

Next Generation: Shaping intimacy through objects with Pleun van Dijk

Pleun van Dijk is a speculative artist/designer who investigates the intimate relationship between human and technology.

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Furniture Futures

Wondering how next natural furniture may change your way of life? Will we feed our lamps? Grow chairs? Talk with our tables?

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Orthorexia Nervosa: the "healthy" eating disorder

Following anorexia nervosa (under eating) and bulimia nervosa (overeating and compensating), orthorexia nervosa (obsessively healthy eating) is the latest eating disorder in the …

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Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

Visual of The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses the promises and realities of synthetic biology.

Visual of Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

We recently talked with Suzanne Lee about the textile industry and technology, growing leather in the lab, and the use of new alternative materials in the future of fashion.

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Lab-Grown Shrimps Are Coming to Your Plate

A startup called New Wave Foods is developing artificial shrimp meat in the laboratory.

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Virtual Reality Dining Experience

Using immersive virtual reality and aromatics to make the brain believe we are enjoying a delicious dish.

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If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose?

Color-blind artist Neil Harbisson designed a brain-implanted antenna that converts colors into sound. This enables him to hear colors he cannot see, and extends his vision to …

Visual of GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

Look around you and try to find the most natural thing in the room you are in now. It is you. But for how long? Welcome to the wonderful world of bio design ; a world full of …

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The Next Nature Magazine is here!

It’s our pleasure to announce the first issue of the Next Nature Magazine. Indeed, a good old fashioned magazine. Next Nature Magazine presents 176 pages of thought-provoking …

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Crowdsourced drink

Remember the days when the flavor of a fruity drink was simply connected to an apple, orange, strawberry, kiwi, or perhaps – if you felt really exotic – an acai berry? Nowadays we …

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Supermarket – Our Next Savanna

We are living in the future and we find it boring. The best place to gather evidence for this claim is the supermarket. To begin with, try and have a fresh look at the word:  …

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Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear

Algae as the future alternative fuel for the human body.

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Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems like science fiction may be the job market of tomorrow: 11 professions of the future.

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Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink  will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature …

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Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

Anton Repponen's project places iconic NY buildings in organic, untouched environments to put them in the spotlight.

Visual of Cutlery Set to Eat Bugs

Cutlery Set to Eat Bugs

Designer Wataru Kobayashi created a picnic cutlery set to promote eating insects.

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Air Pollution Mask for Kids

Danish design studio Kilo created an air pollution mask suitable for kids aged six and up.

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The City as Technology in Tokyo

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.

Visual of How the Dutch government is obstructing the advent of in vitro meat

How the Dutch government is obstructing the advent of in vitro meat

In 2017, two years after her father died , Ira van Eelen decided to call the Dutch Arable Farming Union. She couldn't help but wonder how come the Netherlands was still not …

Visual of Aleph Farms just grew meat in space for the first time

Aleph Farms just grew meat in space for the first time

Hello meat lovers! In vitro meat innovator Aleph Farms has taken the saying 'one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind' to a whole new level. The startup has succeeded …

Visual of Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of The GeneSprout Initiative: cultivating new plant breeding techniques

The GeneSprout Initiative: cultivating new plant breeding techniques

Some 10,000 years ago humans began to domesticate plants and animals. The birth of agriculture, one of the earliest technologies available.

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Do It Yourself Pet

Image: A. Sidorov Have you ever fantasized about creatures which carry the biggest smile? Or creatures which are so deeply covered with fur that you wish they were real? Good …

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Natural-Born Junkies

Hippopotamus: a 2,5cm-long tablet-shaped nonliving chewable animal, member of a multi-species flock known as the Animal Parade, which tastes like fruit and is found in little pill …

Visual of Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

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Elzelinde van Doleweerd wins the ECO Coin Award 2018

The ECO Coin Award honours outstanding ecological heroes. In 2015, we handed out our first ECO Coin award to Yoyo Yogasamana for his digitalization of sustainable knowledge to …

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Open Call for ECO Coin Award 2018 Submissions

Nominate an inspiring project, platform, person or community who is tackling food waste for the ECO Coin Award 2018

Visual of Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Would you like to see your work here?  Get in touch …

Visual of Ouroboros Steak: Producing meat using human cells

Ouroboros Steak: Producing meat using human cells

You are what you eat; a quite common message in the midst of our self-growth society. We have to eat well to become the best version of ourselves - more productive, healthier …

Visual of The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

People in the world’s developed nations live in a post-industrial era, working mainly in service or knowledge industries. Manufacturers increasingly rely on sensors, robots, …

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Exploring Next Nature (2004)

The first essay ever written on Next Nature, published in Next Nature Pocket and in Entry Paradise, New Design Worlds . ( download pdf ) (German version: Erkundungen im Nächste …

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The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

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Meat, the Expectations

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it’s becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today. Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers …

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Little Green Cows

The world is alight with algae fever. In this age of deep ecological design aspirations, the range of speculative design projects based on algae technology is growing. Algae are …

Visual of Watch Out Whales, Humans Want Your Krill

Watch Out Whales, Humans Want Your Krill

Krill, those tiny members of the ocean's planktonic community, have an importance disproportionate to their size. They are a vital food for whales, penguins and increasingly, …

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3D Pizza Printer for Astronauts

Printable pizza. The next big food innovation after sliced bread.

Visual of From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

Do humans exist merely to make money and use resources? Vandana Shiva believes humans have a higher purpose.

Visual of Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

The next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are escaping control, becoming autonomous, and forming the “next nature”.

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Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

From nutrients within an organism, to organisms within collectives, to populations within a territory and so on - nature offers models on how to deal with highly complex systems.

Visual of ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

Utopian off-grid ReGen Village produces all of its own food and energy is being implemented in Almere.

Visual of Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson

Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson

The AI chef nows more than 10,000 recipes from all over the world and is capable of combining any ingredient while following your personal food preferences.

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Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Go forward to nature at the La Fabrique du Vivant (the Factory of Life), the newly opened exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Exhibiting the recent works of fifty …

Visual of Taco futures: In vitro meat in Mexico City

Taco futures: In vitro meat in Mexico City

Our In Vitro Meat Cookbook has inspired many people around the world. Just recently, we had the BBC over at our headquarters to see what makes us thick. This idea of in vitro meat …

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This startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab

As the ills of factory farming become more pronounced, people are increasingly gravitating towards vegetarian or pescatarian diets. Besides producing a large percentage of our …

Visual of How fungi can help create a green construction industry

How fungi can help create a green construction industry

The world of fungi has attracted a lot of interest and seems to be becoming very fashionable of late. A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, for example, is dedicated to …

Visual of Meet Kaia: a living lamp that filters CO2

Meet Kaia: a living lamp that filters CO2

Did you know that we owe every second breath we take to the algae in the sea? And that minerals have been absorbing CO2 for billions of years while converting it into important …

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Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

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A Savannah Inside the Dumpster

For most of us, obtaining food is easy.  We go to the grocery store, where fruits are labeled and meats arranged by species.  We go to a restaurant, sit, and wait for our food to …

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Plastic Planet

We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and throwaway bottles. But as an experiment, imagine for a moment …

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The Search for the "Real" Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fake-for-real. While it's true that there was a minor harvest feast in 1621, held by English immigrants and Wampanoag Indians, the event was never celebrated …

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'Alp' Turns Containers into Refrigerators

Transporting and displaying cold food is an incredibly wasteful and inefficient process. Current display refrigerators, like those that display meats or cheeses in supermarkets, …

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Nano Supermarket 2nd Edition: Call for Products

We call upon designers, technologists and artists to submit their speculative nanotech products for the next round of the NANO supermarket.

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

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"Soylent" Liquid Meals Will Save the World

Can a meal replacer save us money, time, and maybe even save the world?

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NANO Supermarket Best Product 2014

A jury of design and science experts awarded the best NANO Supermarket product a € 2.500 prize.

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Transportations Of The Future

A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation.

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The Biosphere Code Manifesto

During the event The Biosphere Code, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

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Fellow Day: Next Senses

On June 17th a NNN Fellow Day was organized to explore the future project: Next Senses.

Visual of Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

As emerging biotechnologies are blurring the lines between synthetic food and natural food, who will regulate cellular agriculture?

Visual of Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

The artificial womb is on the verge of becoming a reality, but how it will affect our culture is for us to decide.

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Flying Car Modular Transport System

Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular urban land and air transport system.

Visual of An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

Meet Josh Tetrick, entrepreneur who wants to reinvent the food industry and plans to launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

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In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

Read our conversation with the ECO Coin Award Winner of 2015: Yoyo Yogasmana.

Visual of Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

MIT Media Lab developed pasta programmed on a computer.

Visual of Ermi van Oers wants to bring  living light to your living room

Ermi van Oers wants to bring living light to your living room

The Living Light harnesses plant energy to provide light. We spoke to its designer, Ermi van Oers, to find out more about the unique product.

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Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

Hooray! The team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

Trading animal skins for pixels, our digital selves call for a digital wardrobe. The Institute of Digital Fashion , led by CommuneEast founder Leanne Elliott Young and Digi-Gxl …

Visual of Cooking with mycelium

Cooking with mycelium

Researchers from the University of Colorado created a recipe book to cook with mycelium.

Visual of Nano Supermarket – Call for Products

Nano Supermarket – Call for Products

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

Visual of Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

* warning: high doses of irony detected in this article * Method #01: Canning Promotional gift 'Nature in a can' complete with soil and bean plant seeds (from DKNY , 2010). Method …

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The Ecological Human

The nature of humanity in the twenty-first century is, according to sociologist Steve Fuller, a ‘bipolar disorder’ beset with dualisms of identification such as divine/animal, …

Visual of Those Blueberries in Your Cereal, Muffins and Baking Mixes? All Fake.

Those Blueberries in Your Cereal, Muffins and Baking Mixes? All Fake.

What do blueberries have in common with sugar, corn cereal, modified food starch, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial flavor, cellulose gum, salt and and Blue …

Visual of What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

Ever notice how ant colonies so successfully explore and exploit resources in the world … to find food at 4th of July picnics, for example? You may find it annoying. But as an …

Visual of The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

Objects that normally used to surround us became more and more virtual, radically changing the aspect of our workplace.

Visual of Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

From August 1 till 16 2015, Next Nature Network’s art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will be co-tutor of the GDA Summer Sessions.

Visual of Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea’s research laboratory was inspired by our Magic Meatballs to re-design their famous meatballs.

Visual of Meat the Future Exhibition

Meat the Future Exhibition

From October 11 to June 11 we will discuss the future of meat at Cube Deign Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) with the exhibition Meat the Future.

Visual of Cultured Meat Closer to Reality

Cultured Meat Closer to Reality

Many companies are seeing the potential of this technology to solve food scarcity, reduce pollution and offer cruelty free meat. One of these firms is Tyson Foods, the meat giant.

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Animal Free Cow Milk

A San Francisco-based start up discovered a way to "brew" milk that has zero hormones, antibiotics, steroid or lactose inside, and a longer shelf-life.

Visual of The Economy of Ecology

The Economy of Ecology

What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and the planet we call home? What would the economy of ecology look like?

Visual of A full course cabbage meal to discuss the problem of agricultural over-abundance

A full course cabbage meal to discuss the problem of agricultural over-abundance

Last night we were invited to celebrate the plenty at the third edition of the Neo-Futurist Dinner series at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. This time, the night was hosted by Dutch …

Visual of Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Do you ever look at the bonnet of a car and see a face? Now, designers are looking at how to give self-driving cars the friendliest "faces" they can through anthropomorphism.

Visual of Three scenarios for the future of farming

Three scenarios for the future of farming

Agriculture may be one of the oldest of our technologies. Over time it has developed, changed, revolutionized, industrialized - or simply put, it has evolved . Today’s farms are …

Visual of I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

Right now, somewhere in a laboratory in California, the Netherlands or Japan, a technician is taking a few thousand skeletal muscle cells from a living animal, and placing them in …

Visual of How in vitro meat became a subject of debate in the Dutch parliament

How in vitro meat became a subject of debate in the Dutch parliament

To all in vitro meat optimists, hear hear! In May 2018 we launched the petition ' In vitro meat is here. Let us taste it. ' We proudly announce that this petition led to …

Visual of This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

The South Beach diet. The Atkins diet. Eating paleo. Cutting out gluten. Going vegan. The list of fad diets and health crazes goes on, yet health statistics in the US and around …

Visual of Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine. The …

Visual of Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

As evolution goes on, the human body is evolving too. What does it mean to be human in times of advanced biotechnology and genetic engineering? Are our bodies ready for our …

Visual of Next Nature XL showcase in China: in pictures

Next Nature XL showcase in China: in pictures

We are proud to invite you to our largest showcase (so far), currently on display at OCT Art & Design in Shenzhen, China. Spanning across three floors, with a total surface of …

Visual of Meatable: From stem cells to pork chops

Meatable: From stem cells to pork chops

The food chain has always worked roughly like this: sunlight feeds plants. Plants feed insects. Insects and plants feed animals. Plants and animals feed people. Then …

Visual of Coffee... without the beans

Coffee... without the beans

As with many of the products we consume, there’s a cost beyond what we pay at the store. Producing coffee has an environmental cost, too.

Visual of Fish-inspired soft robot takes a deep dive (literally)

Fish-inspired soft robot takes a deep dive (literally)

The deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting …

Visual of Next Generation: producing glass from the ashes

Next Generation: producing glass from the ashes

Benedikt Peirotén has started a project called ‘From the Ashes’ proposing using waste streams to replace the energy-intensive ingredients in glass.

Visual of 10 Biomimic Gadgets

10 Biomimic Gadgets

Coming across an image like this, makes one wonder at first: is it a giant punch-bag? Some sort of soft water-drop-sculpture? No, it is the Emergency Outdoor Survival Cocoon , …

Visual of IVY - hard disk cover evolves with your data

IVY - hard disk cover evolves with your data

IVY is an external hard disk which shows the content of the hard disk on its skin. When no data is stored on IVY, its skin will remain blank. When you purchase IVY, it appears to …

Visual of Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen - strategy, planning and design on the city. In the virtual world 'Second Life' everything is possible. That's most obvious in the …

Visual of Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

The world of tissue engineering is usually associated with medical applications . But how about some tissue engineered toys? The Epidermits toy is the Karten Design firm 's …

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Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

So, you are aware biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now eager to …

Visual of Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

The Bio Robot fridge is a speculative product that uses a non sticky, odourless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. The idea is that the gel cools by absorbing heat …

Visual of Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Just like corn, bananas , and essentially any other plant we cultivate, the Cutie mandarin is the result of a concerted effort to produce an ideal food. Mandarin oranges come from …

Visual of Jet Powered Barbecue

Jet Powered Barbecue

At first sight it seems plain wrong to roast your burgers on this utterly technological machine: barbecuing is supposed to be a nostalgic low-tech activity that brings us back to …

Visual of Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Think about a spoon. Now think about a spoon with a face. What do you …

Visual of Pick Pig - Name Pig - Love Pig - Eat Pig

Pick Pig - Name Pig - Love Pig - Eat Pig

In a time of all-horse hamburgers and E. coli outbreaks, food provenance has become a huge issue. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of traceability within the …

Visual of Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Artist Maja Smrekar modified yeast with her own DNA to produce human lactic acid.

Visual of NANO Supermarket 2014 Call for Products

NANO Supermarket 2014 Call for Products

Submit your speculative product to the NANO Supermarket and win 2500 euro.

Visual of NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

We officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands. To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin.

Visual of I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read Nicholas Carr's essay on the transhumanist dream of having wings.

Visual of Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

The Scrip, a new universal cash device is bringing back the old metallic sparkle of the money and mixing it with today’s technology in order to fill the deficiencies of our credit and debit cards.

Visual of Ramen: the New Prison Currency

Ramen: the New Prison Currency

Instant ramen noodles have become a valuable commodity to inmates, as cost-cutting measures in US prisons led to the deterioration of food quality.

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are littered everywhere. But now, two Dutch designers have come up with a unique solution to the problem: the Crowbar.

Visual of Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Last week, our NNN fellows gathered to discuss the Next Habitat; how will we work in the future? And how does this affect our personal lives?

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Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

We recently spoke to Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of Momemtum9, and unveil the overlapping themes to the next nature philosophy.

Visual of Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change, yet this is still our main source of energy. Much of this energy …

Visual of Edible packaging: Seaweed could replace plastic in disposable packaging

Edible packaging: Seaweed could replace plastic in disposable packaging

What to do about the plastic planet ? The seas are steadily filling up with plastic , and it's vital to find ways to address the problem . One way to do this is to move away from …

Visual of Technology and Sports: Nutrigenomics

Technology and Sports: Nutrigenomics

We’ve been told since grade school that what we eat is important, but we’ve all been told to eat the same sort of healthy things. This isn’t bad, but with the up-and-coming …

Visual of Genetically engineered plants do it better

Genetically engineered plants do it better

Welcome to the conversation! Every week, we’ll open up a new conversation among members of the network about next nature topics we've encountered around the globe. We hope …

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Next Nature Future Lab plan granted €2m funding

Hooray! This just in: Next Nature Network is granted a significant contribution from the Dutch government intended to develop a Future Lab for design & technology in Eindhoven …

Visual of In vitro meat hits the market

In vitro meat hits the market

Humanity has an insatiable hunger for meat. Since 2013 we have been researching, developing and campaigning for a humane and eco-friendly way to get our protein fix. Since day one …

Visual of POND: A symphony of lights and water

POND: A symphony of lights and water

Have you ever gone a day without water? Most likely you have experienced low energy levels or fatigue after a few couple of hours. Water gives us energy. More than that, water is …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and …

Visual of Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

In imagining future urban landsapes, we need to answer questions about what can be sustained and what cannot, where cities can be located and where they cannot.

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Exploring speculative developments of reproductive technology

What if women of childbearing age no longer had to interrupt their careers for a pregnancy? In Kuang-Yi Ku ’s project Grandmom Mom, we take a look into the future. In 2050, the …

Visual of Printing houses with cow poop

Printing houses with cow poop

Now here's a perspective: a pooping cow is like a living 3D printer

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Better than the real thing

Written by Debbie Mollenhagen PART 1: FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR Designer living has become designing life. I often ask myself: did it taste like the real thing? But when I open my …

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Slogan

The things we design will end up designing us. Slogan of the week. Retrieved from the essay Exploring Next Nature .

Visual of Crash–Test Pizzas?

Crash–Test Pizzas?

Schwan Consumer Brands, a leading frozen pizzas brand, has launched a challenging brand: UGLY. The design embraces the rising trend for natural, honest food and the notion that …

Visual of Fake-Space Race

Fake-Space Race

Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace . Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don't make sense in a virtual environment. The …

Visual of Italians Do It Better

Italians Do It Better

TERRACINA, Italy: Before Michele Assunto hauls in his fishing net from the banks of a reed-lined canal here, he uses a pole to push the garbage out of the way. "They really need …

Visual of BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

May 17th 2008. Biggest Visual Power Show: Next Nature in LA . More pictures below. We are all born in a world that has been designed already. BVPS intro video by Floris Kaayk. Big …

Visual of DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

Drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems. It's an installation about the Urine to Fertilzer DIY …

Visual of Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek discusses the 'naturalization' of capitalism and how ecology became a new field of capitalist investment. He also argues that the ultimate …

Visual of Scientists 'grow' pork

Scientists 'grow' pork

Scientists at the Eindhoven University of Technology are creating artificial pork. Prof. Dr Mark Post and his colleagues of the department of Biomedical Engineering have extracted …

Visual of Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Mushroom based plastics? Designer Eben Bayer must have eaten too much of the wondrous chanterelles perhaps? No seriously, the man is turning his vision into a reality with an …

Visual of Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Once, we wore footwear to protect our feet from the hostile influences of our natural environment. But with the replacement of our natural environment by a world of design, the …

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Friendly Vending Machine

Designer Guus Baggermans was quite annoyed by the clumsy impoliteness of current vending machines, that typically require you to enter some abstract number to select your drink or …

Visual of Infotizement Call For Entries

Infotizement Call For Entries

In anticipation of the forthcoming Next Nature book, we call upon you, dearest creatives, to submit a fictitious editorial advertisement: The Infotizement. The infotizement is a …

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Urban Dolls

The idea of altering your body for aesthetic purposes is still somewhat frowned upon today. But more than because the very idea of improving yourself, this is about its …

Visual of Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

Until now, most people have likely regarded bird-feeders as merely a pleasant addition to their gardens. But scientists have now discovered that bird-feeders in the UK are …

Visual of The Banana Gets a Second Skin

The Banana Gets a Second Skin

We already know that bananas are  evidence of intelligent design – by  farmers, not by god.  All commercial crops have been tweaked by the hand of agriculture, but modern bananas …

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#11: Don’t Use Anthropomorphism if it Does Not Serve Any Purpose

Part 11 of the series 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design Anthropomorphism can be a powerful tool in product design. But there are also risks involved that urge …

Visual of End of Life Care Machine

End of Life Care Machine

Designer, artist and engineer  Dan Chen has developed the ' End of Life Care Machine ', a machine designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. …

Visual of Herons Eat at the Local Snack Bar

Herons Eat at the Local Snack Bar

Originally herons are migratory birds, in the winter they leave to warmer habitats. In the city there is enough food to survive the winter. Some herons are even too lazy to find their own food and try to collect it from the local snack bar.

Visual of Manufacturing Imperfection in Processed Luncheon Meats

Manufacturing Imperfection in Processed Luncheon Meats

Food companies are hard at work inventing processes to make luncheon meat look "deli fresh".

Visual of A Registered Landscape

A Registered Landscape

Tuscany is known for its natural beauty. But only a few know that this wonderful landscape is actually a really good design work.

Visual of NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

During the 2014 Dutch Design Week, the NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative nano products.

Visual of Share the Smell of Your Delicious Dish

Share the Smell of Your Delicious Dish

The oPhone and oSnap allow you to send pictures with aromatic vocabularies.

Visual of Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Prof. Patrick Brown developed a meatless burger that look and taste like meat, made out of plant ingredients.

Visual of Feeding the World with Insects

Feeding the World with Insects

Should we make a next step in what we serve at the table? What about insects? Would you give them a try?

Visual of Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Hydroceramic: a composite material able to lower the temperature of an interior space by five degrees Celsius.

Visual of Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, …

Visual of Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Can we have pretty power stations? The design of power stations is becoming more appealing.

Visual of Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Scientists in Harvard University have designed a new material inspired by organisms, such as cacti, that can effectively harvest water from thin air.

Visual of A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

The elderly may toss their walkers for this robotic suit.

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

While we can’t just leave the coast permanently without upsetting the delicate balance of this new environment we created, we can take better care of it to ensure that it is around for years to come.

Visual of Dinner with Chef Watson

Dinner with Chef Watson

Chef Watson knows over 10.000 recipes. The highbrow robotic cook invited us over for dinner during the first Neo-Futurist Dinner at Mediamatic.

Visual of Greenhouse for Space Colonies

Greenhouse for Space Colonies

Researchers from Arizona and NASA unveiled a plan to sustainably provide food in space, growing it in an inflatable greenhouse.

Visual of FarmVille Turns into Real-Life Agriculture

FarmVille Turns into Real-Life Agriculture

A Japanese Start up brings Farmville back into real life by letting players grow physical food.

Visual of Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb.

Visual of Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

There it is. A hefty hen, with its head up high and its beak out. And a gigantic VR headset over its beady little eyes. What does this battery hen see? ‘An experience of a free …

Visual of 'I volunteer myself to try this cultured meat at my own risk'

'I volunteer myself to try this cultured meat at my own risk'

The Netherlands leads in cheese, clogs, and cultured meat. This sustainable and animal-friendly form of meat has largely been developed in our country. In 1997, Willem van Eelen …

Visual of In vitro meat is here! But we are not allowed to taste it

In vitro meat is here! But we are not allowed to taste it

Previously we predicted that we would be eating in vitro meat by 2028. But as it turns out... In vitro meat is already here! And we are not allowed to eat it. The meat has been …

Visual of The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

Before money came into existence, trading was all we knew. Farmers in China traded their spades for food and other goods, and this continued up until a point where most spades …

Visual of Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are …

Visual of How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

Leather is one of the oldest and most versatile materials in the world. It’s a supple, tough, relatively strong and durable material and it’s relatively impermeable, yet …

Visual of Human-animal hybrids are coming and could be used to grow organs for transplant

Human-animal hybrids are coming and could be used to grow organs for transplant

Around the world thousands of people are on organ donor waiting lists. While some of those people will receive the organ transplants they need in time, the sad reality is that …

Visual of Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Intensive agriculture may be nourishing most of the Earth’s inhabitants, but it’s doing the opposite to earth itself. Its dependence on singular crops, heavy ploughing machinery, …

Visual of Next Generation: Grow old technologically with Prosthetic X

Next Generation: Grow old technologically with Prosthetic X

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of How a 6.000-year-old fruit fly gave us cheese

How a 6.000-year-old fruit fly gave us cheese

Historians often trace the dawn of human civilisation back 10,000 years, when Neolithic tribes first settled and began farming in the Fertile Crescent, which stretches through …

Visual of How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

Today we cannot meet, touch or hug our loved ones. And while we all like the feeling of the touch of another human being, physical contact does not just feel nice, it is crucial …

Visual of Is in vitro meat good news for animals?

Is in vitro meat good news for animals?

The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown outside of a chicken’s body. Alongside similar news from Israel …

Visual of Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

When you look through a super-telescope, you can still see the planet Earth. Once called the blue planet, she now looks red and parched. We had no choice but to abandon her… On a …

Visual of Virtual makeup: maybe they're born with it, maybe it’s XR

Virtual makeup: maybe they're born with it, maybe it’s XR

As our reality exists increasingly within digital realms, our virtual world demands a virtual identity. Our work is hybrid, our social identity is online and our connection is …

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Let’s talk about the most controversial of "m words"—monogamy. And let’s have this conversation with in mind its prehistoric origins. Our modern picture of prehistoric societies …

Visual of Can AI become addicted?

Can AI become addicted?

In 1953, a Harvard psychologist thought he discovered pleasure – accidentally – within the cranium of a rat. With an electrode inserted into a specific area of its brain, the rat …

Visual of Next Nature Evoluon- plans honored with Region Deal

Next Nature Evoluon- plans honored with Region Deal

Good day astronauts of spaceship Earth! Today it was announced that Next Nature's plans for the Evoluon have been awarded a financial contribution of €7.6 million from the Region …

Visual of The Internet of Mycelium

The Internet of Mycelium

A lot of the ground we live on is polluted. More than a third of our soils are moderately or heavily degraded; heavy metals such as lead are increasingly found in urban soils, …

Visual of What Julia Watson is reading this summer

What Julia Watson is reading this summer

In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Architect Julia Watson imagines a design movement building on indigenous …

Visual of 5 things not to miss at Floriade

5 things not to miss at Floriade

Here are 5 things you cannot miss at Floriade Expo 2022

Visual of The secret life of fungi

The secret life of fungi

When you think of fungi, you’ll probably picture a huddle of chubby brown mushrooms, or the large, red-capped toadstools you stumble across in the woods. In doing so, you’re …

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Sketch furniture

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space? This is a question that Front Design have just asked in their project Sketch Furniture. "The …

Visual of Out of Control

Out of Control

The Made and the Born: Neo-Biological civillization, written by Kevin Kelly, excerpt from Out of Control : The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, …

Visual of Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Energy problem? Why not genetically alter bacteria to have them provide 'renewable petroleum'. Crude oil is only a few molecular stages removed from the acids normally excreted by …

Visual of Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made . Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University …

Visual of A plate that regulates the speed of eating

A plate that regulates the speed of eating

Many people tend to eat too fast. As a result they do not receive signals from the stomach that they are in fact full. The result can be overeating and obesity . To encounter …

Visual of Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Students of the Next Nature Theme at TU/e Industrial design in Eindhoven decided to jungle-up their working environment a bit with the corporate animal wallpaper. Hand painted (!) …

Visual of Feeding the world: oh not organic

Feeding the world: oh not organic

Daring talk by agriculture expert Louise Fresco , who has the guts to break the organic trance of the fashionably-natural-farmers-market people at TED . During her talk she is …

Visual of Hyper Fruit

Hyper Fruit

Imaginary advertizement for genetically engineered hybrid hyperfruits featuring an 'limwi', 'kiwange' and a 'strawblackberry'. Imagine a taste of things to come. Makes you want to …

Visual of Not so Happy Meals

Not so Happy Meals

This week a Brazilian prosecutor asked a judge to nationally ban toys sold with meals in fast-food outlets like McDonald's and Burger King, because it can lead children to develop …

Visual of The Playboy Interview

The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

Visual of Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Have you heard the buzz on virtual money in online games? Some years ago the first virtual millionaire was announced, yet there have also been reports on people being practically …

Visual of Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and …

Visual of Stereotype Packaging

Stereotype Packaging

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unhealthy diet is amongst one of the leading causes of the major non-communicable diseases. Can design encourage people to …

Visual of An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

Visual of Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Want to live a greener life? Eat less meat. Recently the UN appealed for a radical shift in diet , to improve individual health and ease conditions affecting the global …

Visual of Facing your Car

Facing your Car

Do cars have a face? You would be inclined to say yes immediately. And you would be right as well, because they do. Study has confirmed through a complex statistical analysis that …

Visual of Kinetic architecture

Kinetic architecture

Architecture has now come to a stage where the technical possibilities seem limitless. Buildings become more fluent, dynamic and organic. Examples can be found in most buildings …

Visual of Morphing Cutlery

Morphing Cutlery

Imagine a world where the shapes of all objects around you would be able to change on the fly. Envision a future where nanotechnology and morphing become ubiquitous and blend in …

Visual of Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

For other entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   People have evolutionarily built-in mechanisms that help us to …

Visual of Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Making good use of anthropomorphism isn’t easy. As you’ve probably …

Visual of Algae in the Supermarket

Algae in the Supermarket

As mentioned  earlier , the world seems obsessed with algae. Not limited to producing light or energy , algae has also found its way to our plate as a new vegetable, and maybe …

Visual of Better Than Nature?

Better Than Nature?

At the turn of the millennium, miniaturized canines acquired the cherished status of living, designer handbag ornaments.  These teeny tiny photogenic doggies, which had been …

Visual of Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Congrats to Sean Serafini, the winner of our April Next Nature Spotter contest. While we received many images of fake nature , Sean's entry delves deeper into more diverse next …

Visual of Medicinal Blueberries

Medicinal Blueberries

As our scientific knowledge of nutritious food increases, will healthy foods be progressively designed to look like medicines? This blueberry blister packaging created by Chinese …

Visual of Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Anthropomorphic products enter the human social space. Humans have the most complex social behavior of any organism on Earth. Anyone or anything trying to join in should be careful to do it right.

Visual of Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Unpolished creativity at the Next Nature lab from the Industrial Design Department at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of Did Forks Really Give Modern Humans an Overbite?

Did Forks Really Give Modern Humans an Overbite?

The food writer Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork , has put forth a surprising theory about forks and teeth that has received widespread online coverage. According to …

Visual of Implantable Microchip Controls Appetite

Implantable Microchip Controls Appetite

By attaching to the vagus nerve, a chip can contribute to "natural" weight-loss.

Visual of In-Vitro Meat Visions in The Guardian

In-Vitro Meat Visions in The Guardian

Last weekends edition of the Guardian featured some of the In-Vitro Meat Visions developed at Next Nature Lab.

Visual of Let's Build a Garden on Mars

Let's Build a Garden on Mars

One would need a gardening robot, fitted plant species and some kind of dome structure for the plants to grow in.

Visual of 3D Print Your Thoughts

3D Print Your Thoughts

How incredible would it be to imagine a thing and have it magically appear in concrete form? After food , organs  and virtuality , here comes the thought printer!  Thinkerthing , …

Visual of Making Fake Eggs to Beat the Real Thing

Making Fake Eggs to Beat the Real Thing

Tech experts are betting that they can make vegetarian eggs that outperform the real thing.

Visual of Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Last week, Next Nature Lab had the first Meat & Greet to explore the future of in vitro meet.

Visual of Space Farming for Astronauts

Space Farming for Astronauts

Space Farming: NASA plans to grow a vegetable garden 230 miles above the Earth.

Visual of Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Invasive species become the animal symbols for a man-made world.

Visual of 'Victimless Shelter' Grown from Pig Cells

'Victimless Shelter' Grown from Pig Cells

While Next Nature was busy dreaming up new in vitro meat (IVM) foods, the mad scientists of Terreform ONE in New York went ahead and designed an entire dwelling made of IVM pig cells.

Visual of Why Isn't Cream Cream-Colored?

Why Isn't Cream Cream-Colored?

Our language preserves evidence of a type of food that's all but extinct.

Visual of Nano Product: Catad'Or

Nano Product: Catad'Or

Catad'Or: the allergy sensitive cutlery.

Visual of Nike Robotic Sneakers

Nike Robotic Sneakers

Futuristic Nike sneakers for robots.

Visual of No Future for Traditional Meat

No Future for Traditional Meat

At Home in the Lab with Mark Post, Father of the In Vitro Hamburger. Interview from The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Visual of 3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Italian research studio is working on EYE: a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation.

Visual of GM Salmon Approved for Consumption

GM Salmon Approved for Consumption

Time ago we wrote about the fact that  US Food and Drug Administration  was considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered salmon. We have a verdict: from now on …

Visual of From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

Dutch architect Chris Collaris and designers Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde, saw a new sustainable potential in discarded mega oil tankers in the Southern …

Visual of Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

Visual of Modern Times Emergency Kit

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won't do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well.

Visual of Eating Plastic or Krill: a Smelly Story for Birds

Eating Plastic or Krill: a Smelly Story for Birds

Seabirds eat floating plastic debris because it smells like food, study finds.

Visual of Getting Wasted on Plastics

Getting Wasted on Plastics

A new community currency that rewards recyclers with local discounts and deals.

Visual of Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Eating meat has made us who we are today: evolved, intelligent humans, able to use a verbal language.

Visual of Rating the Reputation Economy

Rating the Reputation Economy

Our online reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

Visual of The making of the Modular Body

The making of the Modular Body

Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos!

Visual of Opening HUBOT at DDW

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT , job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt , as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual …

Visual of Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

This group of 14 designers, engineers, builders and architects make a proposal of a wall for Trump's ambitious project.

Visual of Robotization Makes Work More Human

Robotization Makes Work More Human

Imagine being 16 and studying for a job that soon won't exist. What kind of future is that? New occupations will come thanks to robotization.

Visual of How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

As if stand-alone technologies weren’t advancing fast enough, we’re in age where we must study the intersection points of these technologies. How is what’s happening in robotics …

Visual of How will the artificial womb affect society?

How will the artificial womb affect society?

Where contraceptives such as the pill disconnect sex from reproduction, in vitro fertilisation disconnects contraception from sex, and the artificial womb would disconnect the …

Visual of Your next doctor might just be a robot

Your next doctor might just be a robot

Conventional wisdom says that you can’t replace the human touch in terms of medical care, but in our rapidly changing technological environment, it appears that this perception …

Visual of On inhumane technology

On inhumane technology

Stick-on shoes, wakeup lights, bionic limbs: these are examples of humane technology. But what exactly does this mean? It can best be explained in contrast with its opposite. …

Visual of The return of Rayfish Footwear?

The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers …

Visual of Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Meet the teledildonics, an ingenious species of bi-directionally controlled sextoys from the future, available today. These touch emulating vibrators find each other on social sex …

Visual of Artificial womb: Are we ready?

Artificial womb: Are we ready?

“Within a few years it will be possible for a premature baby to continue to mature in an artificial womb,” says gynecologist Guid Oei. It is therefore that the Artificial Womb: …

Visual of This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

Occupying the 52nd floor of Tokyo’s Mori Tower, Mori Art Museum is internationally renowned for its visionary approach and highly original curation of contemporary art. The …

Visual of Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think …

Visual of Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

As we go about our daily activities, we may lose sight of our connections with nonhuman life. Here are three exhibitions to encourage you to step outside of your everyday and …

Visual of Watch: BBC reports on world's first artificial womb for humans

Watch: BBC reports on world's first artificial womb for humans

Now that the team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of ‘We All Parent Earth’

‘We All Parent Earth’

Last week I was strolling through the aisles of the supermarket when I heard a buzzing sound coming from my pocket. I looked up from my cart and saw it was a message from  …

Visual of 5 expos (NL) you cannot miss this summer

5 expos (NL) you cannot miss this summer

Interior based on bacteria, spaces morphing perception and the merging of man, animal and machine. These five must see exhibitions in the Netherlands explore the intersection of …

Visual of How can Big History help us think about the future?

How can Big History help us think about the future?

'Big History' is a multidisciplinary study that seeks to put the human story into the context of a 13.8 billion-year story from the Big Bang to now.

Visual of Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

As humans have industrialised farming to feed a growing global population, pollinators – animals vital for plant reproduction – have seen their food supply decline. In the UK, …

Visual of Growth is not the problem, but the solution

Growth is not the problem, but the solution

If we want to bring down global CO2 emissions to zero, we will need technological innovation and massive infrastructure projects.

Visual of The Museum of Edible Earth

The Museum of Edible Earth

We spoke with the Museum of Edible Earth, a travelling museum dedicated to the prosperous amount of soil samples.

Visual of Next Senses

Next Senses

Next Senses explores the unchartered territory of how we could experience the world with technology

Visual of The Solar Home

The Solar Home

Today, solar is science. But why can’t energy be beautiful too?

Visual of Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature ) by Koert van Mensvoort , published in Entry Paradise, Neue Welten des Designs, Gerhard Seltman, Werner …

Visual of Next Nature: Radikale Mediokrität

Next Nature: Radikale Mediokrität

Lecture spoken by Henk Oosterling at Biggest Visual Powershow , Zollverein Essen, Germany, 23 June 2006 Damen und Herrn, Next Nature, Nächste Natur ist ein Pleonasmus, ein …

Visual of Real Nature is not Green

Real Nature is not Green

At the edge of the woods along the motorway near the Dutch town of Bloemendaal, there stands a mobile telephone mast disguised as a pine tree. This mast is not nature: at best, it …

Visual of The Sleeping Garden

The Sleeping Garden

How to design an expierience of retrieving in nature in the middle of Holland's second-biggest city? Design a park, built entirely from used railway sleepers. That was the basic …

Visual of Biotypography

Biotypography

Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from …

Visual of Breaking Point?

Breaking Point?

John Zerzan, published in Green Anarchy issue #24 - Spring/Summer 2007 The rapidly mounting toll of modern life is worse than we could have imagined. A metamorphosis rushes …

Visual of Call for Proposals: One Day left!

Call for Proposals: One Day left!

One week left to send in your Designing for Next Nature proposals in round #1 . A selection of the proposals of round#1 is invited for a 5 minute presentation on 23 November 2007 …

Visual of Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

The free cultural paper Amsterdam Weekly discusses the Natural Revolution of and includes tree tips for successful living in the next version of nature. Download PDF (148kb) . …

Visual of Bananawall

Bananawall

Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister . It is made of 7200 banana's. …

Visual of Build a better being

Build a better being

Will Wright's hugely successful games SimCity and The Sims let players shape the structure of urban areas and the lives of virtual humans; his upcoming game, Spore , lets them …

Visual of Catch and eat fishing by phone

Catch and eat fishing by phone

For mobile gamers in western Japan, a hearty seafood dinner awaits just a few key clicks away, thanks to a unique new cellphone fishing game that rewards successful players with …

Visual of Playing with Dry Water

Playing with Dry Water

The Waterboard is an interactive installation by Mike Burton giving the user a chance to play with water without getting wet. By drawing lines on the whiteboard, the water will …

Visual of Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Written by Kevin Kelly , published in The Technium .  I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is …

Visual of Popple

Popple

With her babybunnies series provocateur/artist/designer Tinkebell aims to provide an analysis of the consumptive attitude people have in relation to their pets. This latest work – …

Visual of Treetrunk Trashcan

Treetrunk Trashcan

The Nanputo Temple in Xiamen (Southeast China) is an oasis of quietness, religious practice and leisure for Chinese amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the fastest growing …

Visual of Back to Where it Came From

Back to Where it Came From

Fish sticks are among the most wondrous modernistic inventions of the previous century. They are easy to eat, efficient in their packaging & transport and the greatest of all: …

Visual of Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

No, this is not another example in our fake for real series , comparing an artificial with a human hand. Rather, you are looking at twice the same hand: with and without its …

Visual of Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

With the emergence of mobile phones, classical phone booths are used less and less. Seems like the Dutch telecoms operator KPN is re-tooling its phone booths to function as …

Visual of You Are What You Eat, part II

You Are What You Eat, part II

Mark Menjivar created a series of portraits of people across the United States, by taking pictures of their refrigerators content. Quote: "For three years I traveled around the …

Visual of Genetically Modified Salmon moves to Kitchen Table

Genetically Modified Salmon moves to Kitchen Table

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal …

Visual of Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

My name is Jason Silva. I've spent the last 5 years hosting and producing a tv show on Al Gore's Emmy-winning Current TV network and I'm a fellow at the Hybrid Realities …

Visual of Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

If you haven't read the recently posted essay " Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species ?", you probably won't understand much of the following. Anyhow, I'd want to …

Visual of Recycled Island

Recycled Island

Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating …

Visual of The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

  Is human activity altering the planet on a scale comparable to major geological events of the past? Scientists are now considering whether to officially designate a new …

Visual of A New Take on the Tree

A New Take on the Tree

Many people will have heard of the infamous swastika made up of larches that  revealed itself every autumn in a forest outside Berlin . The trees, which turned yellow at the end …

Visual of Afterlife for Atheists

Afterlife for Atheists

Where religions promise their believers a life after death and cryonics also needs a kind of belief in future technological development, designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau …

Visual of Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Growing meat in the lab, rather than slaughtering animals, could become a viable alternative for people who want to cut the environmental impact of their food consumption, but …

Visual of Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   What people experience as anthropomorphic is highly personal. Tests have …

Visual of Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Some people like berries, some like tomato's. So what do you get when you get when the two mate? Indeed, the latest hyperfruit spotted on the selves is the Tomberry . This …

Visual of #10: Enhance Human Experience, Don’t Replace it

#10: Enhance Human Experience, Don’t Replace it

Part 10 in the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design . The hidden danger with interactive products is that they will become so good at fulfilling our needs that they start to …

Visual of #9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

#9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

Part 9 in the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design . With most products, one wouldn’t normally worry about the environment that it enters. However, anthropomorphic products …

Visual of A Winery in your Microwave

A Winery in your Microwave

A delicious Montepulciano in only 6 seconds? This is now possible with the universal Nano wine. All you need is a microwave oven. In 5,64 seconds at 1000 watt you have a sublime …

Visual of Bio-engineered Football

Bio-engineered Football

With the knowledge that footballs were once made of pig's bladder and that in 2006 the first artificial bladder was transplanted into a patient, artist John O’Shea  designed the …

Visual of Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

While evidence indicates that humans  domesticated themselves , we're not the only primates capable of self-domestication. Bonobos and baboons have shown they are just as capable …

Visual of Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

The standard story of the cowboy hat goes something like this: In 1865, J.B. Stetson went out west during the California gold rush. He observed that bowlers, raccoon hats, and …

Visual of Desire Paths

Desire Paths

Design by planning vs design by doing.

Visual of Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Magic Meatballs are designed to playfully familiarize children with lab-grown meat.

Visual of Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

At the next nature powershow designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink explained how over 1600 blog post on nextnature.net were re-designed & re-edited into a must-read coffee table book.

Visual of Genetically Engineered

Genetically Engineered "Arctic" Apple Will Never Turn Brown

Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits is pitching a genetically engineered apple that does not turn brown when bruised or exposed to air. This new technology, available in both …

Visual of Growing Fruit into Its Own

Growing Fruit into Its Own "Juice Box"

Brazilian ad agency  AGE Isobar  spent two years experimenting in order to grow fruits into the shape of Camp's juice boxes. Immature limes, guavas and passionfruit were packed …

Visual of Is the Human Body Redundant?

Is the Human Body Redundant?

The increasing ‘liveliness’ of machines and accessibility to the virtual world has raised questions about whether it is possible to uncouple the mind from the body in through a …

Visual of NANO Supermarket - Introducing the Jury

NANO Supermarket - Introducing the Jury

Little over two weeks left to submit your speculative product idea for the Nano Supermarket . The jury that will select the finest submissions – to be exhibited in the Nano …

Visual of The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

For almost three years, we worked on a sneaker company that we knew would go bankrupt on the day it was founded. This is our coming out...

Visual of Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Designer Tuur van Balen argues biotechnoloyg is actually very accessible and creates an 'anti-depressant yoghurt' on stage.

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"Algae Opera" Nourishes Algae with a Singer's Breath

Are you blessed with a Maria Callas kind of voice? If, like us, you don't go beyond croaking the occasional " I want to break free" in the shower, watch out. If the artists of …

Visual of Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Living lamps like Latro Algea Lamp by Mike Thompson are nothing new. But design studio MADLAB has created Bacterioptica , a lamp that contains organisms and bacteria from the …

Visual of Did Booze Make Us Modern?

Did Booze Make Us Modern?

A psychiatrist argues that beer gave us civilization - but do intoxicants play a deeper evolutionary role than that?

Visual of Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

Paint with meat! is a product for children of 5-10 years old. It allows them to prepare a meat dish on their own and in a very creative, fun and safe way: by painting with meat!

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"Ento" Brand Normalizes Eating Insects

While Next Nature is hard at work normalizing the idea of eating lab-grown meat , a group of British design students are working to bring insect-eating into the mainstream. Though …

Visual of Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

WWF teams up with designers to produce fur from imaginary animals

Visual of I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

Is a deep-fried iPad as unhealthy as a McDonald's meal?

Visual of Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Media artist, filmmaker and wonderjunkie Jason Silva talks about technological evolution and why humans are gods with anuses.

Visual of Jellyfish Ice Cream Glows When Licked

Jellyfish Ice Cream Glows When Licked

$220 ice cream glows thanks to synthetic bioluminescent proteins derived from jellyfish.

Visual of Paint by Numbers, then Eat It

Paint by Numbers, then Eat It

An innovative workshop points out future directions for in-vitro meat products.

Visual of Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

The self-repairing sole is a dynamic solution to an everyday problem.

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"Responsive Typography" Tracks Your Location to Automatically Resize Text

A new website changes the text's font size depending on your distance from the computer.

Visual of Sniffer - Meet the Google Nose

Sniffer - Meet the Google Nose

The Sniffer – aka Google Nose – visualizes odors using a smell sensor, which is as good as a dog’s nose, and a glass in front of your eyes.

Visual of Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

3D printed organs are on the way. Could they be designed to be aesthetically appealing?

Visual of The (Almost) Invisible Dancing Wheelchair

The (Almost) Invisible Dancing Wheelchair

Designed by a dancer, a new wheelchair moves intuitively with the user's movements.

Visual of World's First In Vitro Hamburger Arrives

World's First In Vitro Hamburger Arrives

Break out the ketchup: Mark Post has grown the world's first entirely artificial burger from cultured beef cells.

Visual of A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time …

Visual of Breathing Lights

Breathing Lights

Inspired by the movement of spider webs in the wind, Dutch designer Jeroen Van Der Meij created Breathing Lights.

Visual of Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Besides finding their way, people look at to transport them to another place, or in this case, another perspective on planet Earth.

Visual of In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

In Vitro Meat Cookbook to be Launched

On the 5th of August, one year after the lab grown hamburger, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook will be presented in Amsterdam.

Visual of Nano Product: Bake 'n Spray

Nano Product: Bake 'n Spray

Bake 'n Spray: the oven in a can.

Visual of OUT NOW: The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

OUT NOW: The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

On the 5th of August, one year after the lab grown hamburger, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook was launched.

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

Studio Roosegaarde created a giant rainbow of light for the Amsterdam Central Station east side.

Visual of Wearing Technology Under the Skin

Wearing Technology Under the Skin

UnderSkin is a device that would be implanted beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy.

Visual of Weaving a Home

Weaving a Home

A lightweight and mobile structural fabric based on ancient traditions of weaving fibers.

Visual of A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

The wind turbines of the future will look like post-modern tree sculptures.

Visual of Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Cultivator is speculative design project on how bioprinting could find its way into the kitchen of the future.

Visual of Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

To counter the sitting dogma, design firm RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser created a dynamic office concept, entirely based on movement and leaning.

Visual of From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From …

Visual of Hair Matter(s)

Hair Matter(s)

French student at the Design Academy Eindhoven collected hair from African American hairdressers to create jackets and hats.

Visual of Holiday in a Bird's Nest

Holiday in a Bird's Nest

The exterior of the this hotel room is constructed with branches, sticks and twigs intertwined to create the look and feel of a real bird nest.

Visual of Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Naomi Kizhner designed jewelry that can theoretically harvest energy from the body of the person wearing it.

Visual of Marketing the Oceans

Marketing the Oceans

Eco-friendly fashion is in vogue, evidenced by terms like “recycled-material” and “sustainable manufacturing” battered around as selling points for everything from sheets to …

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Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market

The multidisciplinary design consultancy Antrepo Team created a project named Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market in 2010.

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Robot’s Best Friend

From chef, to nurse, and also lover. Get ready, a new generation of robots is going to invade our lives!

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Teasing the Internet of Things

When there is such abundance of areas where IoT could be applied, several ridiculous, unnecessary products are inevitable.

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The Phone That's Just a Phone

Meet the anti-smartphone. It literally does nothing but make and answer calls.

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A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

Part two of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

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Empowered by Robots Event Report

A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.

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Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully. Although we can’t see it, the animal’s surface is covered with dust, …

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Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and …

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Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Here is a the Next Nature gift Guide 2016.

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This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

This robot nanny is designed to take on adult responsibilities, raising concerns regarding the consequences of using robots to raise our children.

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Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Last week The Hague hosted a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture.

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We Are more Bacteria than Human

Our bodies are microbiomes, suffering from our habit of cleanliness.

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Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Royal College of Art graduate Dani Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

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Carpooling into the Future