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Visual of Manufactured landscapes

Manufactured landscapes

Edward Burtynsky is a photographer that makes pictures scarred or altered landscapes, changed by industrial activities. His work shows the disappearance of nature and the …

Visual of Manufactured Rainbows

Manufactured Rainbows

Why wait for old nature to give us rainbows when we have so many ways of making our own? The image above shows solar-powered installation that uses recycled rainwater to create …

Visual of 21st Century Dutch Landscapes

21st Century Dutch Landscapes

For centuries the Dutch landscape has been known for its highly cultivated formal structure, however with the introduction of Google Maps a whole new layer of formalization has …

Visual of Next Landscapes

Next Landscapes

Quoted in a recent interview about his work, Landscapes without Memory , artist Joan Fontcuberta asked, “Could a natural nature exist? The answer is no, or at least, not anymore: …

Visual of Microbic Landscapes

Microbic Landscapes

Beautiful Google Maps shots of housing projects in southwest Florida. Probably designed to look and feel more natural than your average straight street neighborhood, they remind …

Visual of Semantic landscapes

Semantic landscapes

Semantic landscapes use the natural metaphore to visualize abstract data. The project above visualises different meanings of the word 'cold' in Biomedical patent documents.

Visual of Visualizing Wifi Landscapes

Visualizing Wifi Landscapes

This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with …

Visual of Billboard Show the Landscape They Block

Billboard Show the Landscape They Block

In the desert landscape of the Californian Coachella Valley, artist Jennifer Bolande installed a series of billboards that camouflage themselves with the surroundings.

Visual of Humans to Blame for Global Warming

Humans to Blame for Global Warming

Global warming is "very likely" a human-caused problem that will last for centuries and require concerted international action to reduce its potentially devastating impacts, a …

Visual of Indoor swimming pool for penguins

Indoor swimming pool for penguins

This peculiar image of the week was made by Beatrice Jansen . We are unsure if this penguin refugee camp is global warming related or merely for entertainment purposes.

Visual of Mistaking buildings for mountains

Mistaking buildings for mountains

On a misty day in Aberdeen, Hong Kong, it is easy to mistake buildings for mountains. Nonetheless a captivating blend of old & next nature. Peculiar image of the week. …

Visual of Bruce Sterling – Next Literature

Bruce Sterling – Next Literature

At the Next Nature Power Show 2011 American Science Fiction writer Bruce Sterling – 'perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today in any genre' , …

Visual of Old meets Next

Old meets Next

Our peculiar image of the week was spotted in Friesland with the Next Nature spotting app for iphone . Add your spot and win a copy of the Next Nature book .

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.

Visual of Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a film with no actors, no storyline, and no dialogue. The only things we see are landscapes, images of cities, and people going about their regular lives. …

Visual of Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Researchers prove that pristine landscapes haven’t existed for thousands of years, therefore we should change or mindset before trying to save the planet.

Visual of A countryside dweller's guide to the future

A countryside dweller's guide to the future

The current lockdown in much of Europe has city-dwellers flocking to the countryside to wait out the outbreak sweeping the continent. Seeking relief from coronavirus, urbanites …

Visual of Re-introducing Extinct Species

Re-introducing Extinct Species

Extinct European bisons are being reintroduced in parks. But what makes a national park?

Visual of Highlanders in the Lowlands: Re-enactment of an Extinct Cow

Highlanders in the Lowlands: Re-enactment of an Extinct Cow

At the end of every cold winter there is a debate in the Netherlands on whether the forestry service should feed the oxes, horses and deers grazing the Dutch nature resorts. The …

Visual of Celebrating Dutch Water Protection: <br> Last Weeks to See 'Gates of Light'

Celebrating Dutch Water Protection:
Last Weeks to See 'Gates of Light'

If you are in The Netherlands you can explore the latest art project by Studio Roosegaarde and discover the iconic, yet historical value of the Closing Dike.

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 Next Nature Introduction

Next Nature Introduction

This project - the Next Nature Network - is about Nature's brand image. One might surmise that "Nature," being 100 percent all-natural, can't have any brand image.  The facts …

Visual of Next Nature Services

Next Nature Services

Intentionality separates culture from nature. A dog is intentional, a fox is not; a park is intentional, a forest is not. Since trash, ruined buildings, and automated computer …

Visual of Plastic Planet

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 …

Visual of Wi-Fi Visualization: Surrounded by Waves

Wi-Fi Visualization: Surrounded by Waves

An artist visualizes WiFi waves across landmarks in Washington, DC.

Visual of Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Kirsten Zirngibl's illustrations depict imaginary landscapes that are formed by microbots.

Visual of Lunar Insurrection Vol.2: Harvest Moon

Lunar Insurrection Vol.2: Harvest Moon

Lunar Insurrection  is a group of architects that explores the creative possibilities of the moon as a potential territory for human activity and inhabitation. In  Vol.2 , their …

Visual of Skiing on Mars? It's possible!

Skiing on Mars? It's possible!

For those experiencing symptoms of motion sickness in VR , it’s now possible to step inside a real-life simulation of what it could be like to ski on mars. Last week, desert dust …

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 …

Visual of Nature So-called

Nature So-called

Nature is not what it used to be. Or at least that is what we may think, when we look at the way humans and their technologies have treated nature. When we speak of "nature", …

Visual of Nobuo Takahashi's Exploding City (video)

Nobuo Takahashi's Exploding City (video)

In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world's population will be living in towns and cities . By 2030 this number will swell to almost 5 billion, with …

Visual of Sustainable roof

Sustainable roof

Peculiar image of the week by Beatrice Jansen .

Visual of The Presidential Harvest

The Presidential Harvest

" Eat the View " is a campaign to plant healthy, edible landscapes in high-impact, high visibility places, whether it's the "First Lawn" or the lawn in front of your child's …

Visual of Houston, We've Got a Dome!

Houston, We've Got a Dome!

A 2 million-square-meter dome should protect Houston from hurricanes and regulate the climate.

Visual of Plastic Birds

Plastic Birds

Bird spotting is not a typical activity for us next nature explorers, yet occasionally we bump into some birds worth mentioning (remember the amazing copy-paste bird , rubber duck …

Visual of Wild bikes

Wild bikes

Bikes seem to be a new life form. They are everywhere in the city. On the street, in bike parking, but also just as plentiful on the bottom of channels, on top of street lanterns …

Visual of Birds Change Along with Us

Birds Change Along with Us

A 'treasure in the trees' reveals the exchange of materials between man and animal. This beautiful house finch nest, made of natural resources and manmade garbage, demonstrates …

Visual of City Living Splits Up Blackbirds

City Living Splits Up Blackbirds

Some blackbirds have found city living so much fun (the theater scene! the restaurants!) that they have given up migrating south for the winter. Cities are usually warmer than the …

Visual of Monsanto's Technorhetoric Kills Corn

Monsanto's Technorhetoric Kills Corn

Mega-agro-biotech corporation Monsanto recently denied that insects have developed resistance to their patented Bt corn . Injected with a bacterial gene toxic to corn rootworms, …

Visual of Broersen & Lukács – Mastering Bambi

Broersen & Lukács – Mastering Bambi

Media artists Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács created a remake of the Disney classic Bambi from which they stripped all the inhabitants. The removal of the cuddly, …

Visual of Complexity and Evolving Synthetic Soil

Complexity and Evolving Synthetic Soil

Twenty-first century society draws from a world that is less determined by objects and increasingly shaped by connectivity. The clear either/or distinctions that formerly informed …

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"That Was Then. This is Now"

The wunderkammer – the traditional repository of natural history curiosities and cultural relics  – has been updated by the  Center for PostNatural History  in Pittsburgh, which …

Visual of A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A stunning pre-history of the anthropocene

Visual of Google Travels to a Place in Your Memory

Google Travels to a Place in Your Memory

Google Maps preserves a place that's too dangerous to visit.

Visual of Invasive Crab Restores Damaged Habitat

Invasive Crab Restores Damaged Habitat

A strange set of coincidences turn an invasive species into a hero

Visual of Pubic Lice (Possibly) Going Extinct Due to Brazilian Waxing

Pubic Lice (Possibly) Going Extinct Due to Brazilian Waxing

With each swipe of the razor or rip of the waxing strip, the world has unwittingly been massacring one of its most familiar species. In what may be the first extinction caused by …

Visual of Wild Ones

Wild Ones

Typically when we look at nature we exclude ourselves. Finally there is a book looking at people looking at animals.

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

The introductory essay from the Yes, Naturally book - available in our store!

Visual of Eventually, Drones Will Be Everywhere

Eventually, Drones Will Be Everywhere

City of Drones puts you in a first person view of a drone drifting through an abstract futuristic cityscape.

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 Drones in Agriculture

Drones in Agriculture

Here's a look at how drones can and will impact the agriculture and farming industry.

Visual of Glowing Planet T-Shirt

Glowing Planet T-Shirt

Featuring different cities at night, the Next Nature Glowing Planet T-shirt highlights the enchanting beauty of our glimmering world.

Visual of Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Garbage dumps may not be very attractive places for us but they sure are for animals. A study published in Science Advances shows how certain groups of storks modified (and …

Visual of We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

How wild animals and cities are adapting to each other.

Visual of Meet the Farmer Drone

Meet the Farmer Drone

The Farmer Drone is a hardworking drone that ploughs land, grows crops and milks the cows, all on the same day.

Visual of A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

Terrapattern is a search engine that gathers similar elements of satellite imagery, giving surprising results.

Visual of Antarctica Is Turning Green

Antarctica Is Turning Green

Rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal mosses on Antarctica, turning the continent green.

Visual of Online Ads in Offline Locations

Online Ads in Offline Locations

Ever stood in front of a mountain and wondered which other mountains you might like after seeing this one? No? Well, it's what we do everyday. London-based artist duo Scott Kelly …

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 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 20 years after Chernobyl

20 years after Chernobyl

Pripyat was built as a town for workers at the Chernobyl power station, where the world's worst nuclear accident occurred 20 years ago. The town was abandoned 36 hours after the …

Visual of Architecture of density

Architecture of density

Pictures taken by Michael Wolf in Hong Kong. See the whole series here .

Visual of Inner life of a cell

Inner life of a cell

You know.. cells have feelings too... and friends.. Check the video here

Visual of A room with a view

A room with a view

Paraisópolis favela (Paradise City), Sao Paulo Huge slums, located on prime real estate, calmly being closed in by money (at least in the shape of concrete towers). Dharavi, …

Visual of Dutch Nature

Dutch Nature

A few days ago, I went for a day trip walk to the Dutch "Great Outdoors". It didn't take long before we got confronted with a typical dutch stance on natural experience: a guy …

Visual of Lego Towers

Lego Towers

What did you play with when you were 8+ years old? Well let's say some people can never quit playing. The Bjarke Ingels Group ( BIG , Copenhagen-based group of 85 architects, …

Visual of Animator vs Animation

Animator vs Animation

What happens if the user interface becomes a landscape? Watch the short film by Alan Becker.

Visual of BlobWall

BlobWall

Who would not need a blobwall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system was designed by Greg Lynn . It is made of a low-density, recyclable, and …

Visual of Cityscape made out of cookware

Cityscape made out of cookware

So what are you doing this weekend? Grab your cookware and create the cityscape of of San Fransisco… Via This Foot Thing .

Visual of Cloudy dubai

Cloudy dubai

Surrealism becomes reality; most interesting cloud of the week.

Visual of Day at the Pool

Day at the Pool

Don't you just love urban recreation? Only in China. Peculiar image of the week. Via . See also: Super Cities , Tropical Dome .

Visual of Faked Fireworks at Beijing Olympics

Faked Fireworks at Beijing Olympics

A local Chinese newspaper, The Beijing Times , revealed some of the staggering fireworks at the opening of the Beijing Olympics were actually not fireworks, but computer graphics. …

Visual of Fatigue Risk Management

Fatigue Risk Management

"Through individual assessments, employee training and EnergyPods, MetroNaps can help you improve the safety of your workplace, the health of your employees and the productivity …

Visual of Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Lots of clouds this week. The peculiar picture above shows the eruption of mount Pinatubo in 1991, which apparently resulted in a certain amount of global cooling (next to some …

Visual of Grasscutter Architects

Grasscutter Architects

Ten tons of cement were pourred into this grasscutters ant colony, revealing a subterranean structure of 8 meters / 26 feet deep. 'Ant-City' was built including circulating …

Visual of If the Implications of Global Warming Were Fair

If the Implications of Global Warming Were Fair

Contrary to popular belief, global warming is not simply a bad thing: there are winners and losers. While low-lying countries, like Bangladesh, are expected to suffer extensively …

Visual of Interchange

Interchange

Ken Ohyama makes Japanese interchanges look like a beautiful forest. How about a picnic? See the whole collection here

Visual of Let the Dutch bury the Carbon

Let the Dutch bury the Carbon

Too much carbon emissions warming up the planet? No problem: just bring the stuff back to where you got it from in the first place. Experts have been advising to bury carbon …

Visual of Mobile garden

Mobile garden

No green area's in your neighborhood? Well, this mobile community garden might be a solution. You can take it to your office, park it on a suburban industrial zone, pick your …

Visual of Next natural disaster

Next natural disaster

Peculiar Image of the week. Via LA Times .

Visual of Observing Next Nature

Observing Next Nature

You can watch it grow in front of your eyes. Via Core.form-ula .

Visual of One mans output is another mans input

One mans output is another mans input

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

Visual of Press [CTRL] [S] to save the environment

Press [CTRL] [S] to save the environment

The people at Preem.se – the Swedish organization responsible for this advertisement – must think this is the way to promote environmental protection with a younger generation of …

Visual of Super cities

Super cities

A series of slides dealing with the ongoing urbanization of the world. 192021.org

Visual of Waves of Asphalt

Waves of Asphalt

Set amid farmland in rural Japan, this small project is a bizarre hybrid of landscape art and infrastructure. It consists of a square, 20-space car park that looks as if it has …

Visual of A More Realistic Zoo

A More Realistic Zoo

Going to the zoo is a favorite summer past-time. Visitors to the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna will see lots of animals in recreated ‘natural’ habitats. Except this summer, along with …

Visual of Advanced Seed Bombs

Advanced Seed Bombs

Designer Jin-wook Hwang from South Korea came up with the idea of replanting and reforesting arid areas using seed bombs . When airdropped, the bombs disassemble themselves, …

Visual of Behavioral Urbanism

Behavioral Urbanism

Its title might be self-explanatory and it sure looks intriguing... however kokkugia fails to give a thorough description for this architectual piece. Classified as 'peculiar …

Visual of Biodiversity in the Supermarket

Biodiversity in the Supermarket

Some say global biodiversity is decreasing. I am not entirely sure.

Visual of Brain Needs 'Nature'

Brain Needs 'Nature'

Scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental …

Visual of Carhenge

Carhenge

Jim Reinders, an experimental artist with a history of using curious media, became so enthralled by the beauty of the famous Stonehenge in England that he had to recreate it. …

Visual of City life

City life

Nice collages on city life by the artist Peter Funch .

Visual of Eruption

Eruption

Peculiar image of the week by Jacek Yerka .

Visual of Escape of the Prairiedogs

Escape of the Prairiedogs

" It took just 10 minutes for a dozen prairie dogs to outwit the creators of the Maryland Zoo's new $500,000 habitat. Aircraft wire, poured concrete and slick plastic walls proved …

Visual of GPS influence on street signage?

GPS influence on street signage?

In the future, every street will be a Nokia street? Perhaps not, however we may expect some changes in street signage due to the arrival of mobile & gps technology. Once …

Visual of Greener Soccer

Greener Soccer

I'd like to plea for more trees in soccer-stadiums: 1) They add an element of fun to the game; 2) They don't get aggressive easily; 3) Everyone supports green . Sebastian …

Visual of Growing a nano forrest

Growing a nano forrest

John Hart, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, is inventing techniques for growing carefully structured forests of high-quality carbon …

Visual of Hightech Landscape

Hightech Landscape

Discarded shells of computers and monitors float in a drainage canal in Accra, Ghana. Our peculiar image of the week was made by Peter Essick. Via National Geographic .

Visual of How to print a building

How to print a building

In the nineties laser printers revolutionized graphic design. Currently 3d desktop printers are revolutionizing industrial design. Next we will be printing buildings and …

Visual of Live with Micro-Algae

Live with Micro-Algae

The Eco Pod is a experimental design proposal towards the production of clean and renewable energy, which should operate in old, abandoned buildings. Pending an eventual recovery, …

Visual of Living Root Bridges

Living Root Bridges

In the depths of northeastern India, one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built – they're grown. What could 21th century architects learn from these dynamic …

Visual of Lost on the Freeway?

Lost on the Freeway?

An advertisement campaign for MIO GPS systems. Via Scene 360 . Related: Observing Next Nature , Waves of Asphalt , Magic Highway USA , Interchange , Exploding City .

Visual of Doggerland – Mapping a Lost World

Doggerland – Mapping a Lost World

So you think climate change is new? So you think the flooding of landmass by the oceans is a new? So you must have not heard of the times when people walked from London to …

Visual of McTsunami

McTsunami

Peculiar image of the week by Tokyo Genso .

Visual of Monokultur

Monokultur

A peculiar photo series by Hubert Blanz . Related post: Lost on the Freeway? , Observing Next Nature , Waves of Asphalt , Interchange , Exploding City , Magic Highway USA .

Visual of Recreation in NextNature

Recreation in NextNature

(Not a tourist-pic from North Korea) In January this year, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said: "(...) My wife and I …

Visual of Office Kiss

Office Kiss

Neo was here. By Kristof Wickman, Tyler Peterson, and Shaun Owens-Agase, November 2004. Source: oodagroup.com | Related: Warp Your Room | Learning to Build Superman's House | …

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 Romantic Landscape

Romantic Landscape

But not as we know it. This peculiar image of the week was created by Cyprien Gaillard and is titled: Belief in the Age of Disbelief (2005). Seen at Trendbeheer and Stroom .

Visual of Screen Saver

Screen Saver

Ever wondered what happened to your old computer screen? At Monitex, a Grand Prairie, Texas recycler, workers strip picture tubes from used computer monitors. Tubes that work will …

Visual of The World's first Refrigerated Beach

The World's first Refrigerated Beach

Conspicuous consumption in the overdrive: The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in the Dubai (aka the new Las Vegas) so the tourists don't burn …

Visual of Urban Camouflage

Urban Camouflage

Laurent La Gamba makes photographic installations dealing with camouflage. His work juggles with the idea of natural procrypsis in the urban space and deals with the relations …

Visual of Wrapping Greenland

Wrapping Greenland

The Discovery series 'Ways to save the planet' the episode 'Wrapping Greenland ' shows how Dr. Jason Box uses reflective blankets to cover glaciers in Greenland. Due to global …

Visual of American Power

American Power

Amos coal powerplant in Raymond, West Virginia. Taken from the series "American Power" by Mitch Epstein .

Visual of Antenna roofgarden

Antenna roofgarden

Don't ask me what the purpose is of having your roof crowded with antennas. Solar energy roof-gardens I could understand, but antenna roof-gardens just seem hopelessly old …

Visual of Climate Craze in Russia

Climate Craze in Russia

Climate change is often thought to have its winners and losers, with Canada, Nordic countries and Russia being portrayed as among the lucky few chilly nations where moderate …

Visual of Dubai Globe: Sea versus Economy

Dubai Globe: Sea versus Economy

When developers launched the globe project just off Dubai's coast in 2003, they hoped that the rich and famous would land there to populate the 300 islands. Within five years …

Visual of Environmental Recreation in the Overdrive

Environmental Recreation in the Overdrive

Seen the grand canyon? Lived through the survival weekend in the woods? Enjoyed the ecology safari Antarctica cruise? Think you've seen it all? Buckle up for an unprecedented …

Visual of Floating City – Shimizu's Dream

Floating City – Shimizu's Dream

This speculative self-sufficient, carbon-negative floating city design by the Japanese Shimizu Coorporation immediately reminded me of the post-apocalyptic science fiction film …

Visual of Global Village

Global Village

So this is what the global village really looks like. Seen in an advertisement at an airport (of course). Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Google Earth Alphabet

Google Earth Alphabet

Language is communication technology. As Marshall McLuhan said, the spoken word was ‘the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it …

Visual of Media Sunrise

Media Sunrise

Or is it a sunset? Not sure. Ubiquitous corporature either way. Image by Mieke Gerritzen .

Visual of Nature as a Commodity

Nature as a Commodity

Nature conservation organizations – like the WWF and Greenpeace – typically present nature as a commodity that has become increasingly scarce and will be used up altogether if we …

Visual of Nature is an Agreement

Nature is an Agreement

Nature is an agreement. Just like the nude beach. Here you keep your breasts and your crotch covered, There you drop everything and act like it is the most ordinary thing in the …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

As we are nearing the end of the year, and anticipate you might have some time to watch a film, we discus our top 10 Next Nature movies. Idiocracy (2006) is not a great film, …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #5: American Beauty

Next Nature Movie #5: American Beauty

During the selection of the top ten of next nature movies we’ve doubted quite a bit between the Truman Show (1998) and American Beauty (1999). The Truman Show tells the story of a …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

In the last few decades there have been numerous films that take the struggle between mankind and its increasingly intelligent and autonomous technology as a leitmotif. Ranging …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #7 – Grizzly Man

Next Nature Movie #7 – Grizzly Man

The sad story of Timothy Treadwell is the ultimate example of the drama a naive notion of nature can bring about. Grizzly Man (2005) opens with the facts surrounding Timothy …

Visual of Next Nature Spotter – iPhone application

Next Nature Spotter – iPhone application

While the spotting of old nature phenomena in our surroundings – birds, insects, trees, stars, etc – has a large tradition enjoyed by millions, the spotting of next nature …

Visual of Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Recently some scientists in Britain have recommend planetary ' geoengineering ' to avoid climate change. And as politicians are listening , it is time to explore the options. New …

Visual of Save the Coral: Dump a Tank

Save the Coral: Dump a Tank

Our peculiar image of the week learns us that what is good for the environment doesn't always look good for the environment. The adieu of this disused tank into the Gulf of …

Visual of Spot of the Month: Arbor Artificialis Naturalis

Spot of the Month: Arbor Artificialis Naturalis

Our first spot of the month was made by Tijn Kooijmans, who pinpointed the first Dutch Arbor Artificialis Naturalis planted in 1999 by telecom provider Libertel. You too can share …

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 Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger

While driving on the highway, I saw a tree. Our peculiar image of the week was spotted by Arnoud van den Heuvel using the Next Nature Spotter iPhone app .

Visual of Urban Mining – Gold digging in the Sewers

Urban Mining – Gold digging in the Sewers

Resource-poor Japan discovered a new source of mineral wealth: sewage sludge. In its first month of operation, a sewage plant in Japan’s Nagano prefecture has mined 5 million yen …

Visual of Virtual Realities by NL Architects

Virtual Realities by NL Architects

Some beautiful "visual thoughts" by NL Architects . On the left: Minimum Speed 200 kh/h. On the right: United Airlines. On the left: desert irrigation made beautiful with this …

Visual of Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

"Owning the Weather" is a documentary about geo-engineering by Robert Greene.  It's about whether or not we should engineer the weather and the different impacts that this has. …

Visual of Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

The human environmental impact on our planet is hardly underestimated nowadays. Scientist agree humans are to blame for Global Warming – some are already dreaming up scenario’s of …

Visual of Anthropocene for Dummies

Anthropocene for Dummies

The Anthropocene is the recently proposed epoch of Earth history that, proponents say, has begun with the rise of the human species as a globally potent biogeophysical force, …

Visual of Car Carousel

Car Carousel

How sweet! It's a carousel of cars. This shot was taken from Jacques Tati's movie Playtime (1967) which can be considered Next Nature avant la lettre.

Visual of Concrete Cabin

Concrete Cabin

Our peculiar image of the week was made by Peter Doig . Oil on canvas, 200x275 cm, 1992. Via De Groene Amsterdammer .

Visual of Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Our historical snippet of the moment is a Canadian television fragment from 1968 featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan on the implications of media …

Visual of Disaster Edens: The Anti-Tourist Attraction

Disaster Edens: The Anti-Tourist Attraction

Imagine your cruise to the Galapagos came with a ghoulish warning: "Your hair will fall out, your skin will blister, you'll probably get cancer and your children's children might …

Visual of Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing …

Visual of Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

Finally... A gas station in the ocean! If we all rigorously continue filling up our tanks, this fiction can become a reality one day. This is not a photoshop, this is our peculiar …

Visual of Get Thee Up into a Fake Mountain

Get Thee Up into a Fake Mountain

If you felt like building a 2,000 meter mountain in the Netherlands, which features would you like to add? Journalist and accidental landscape visionary Thijs Zonneveld wants to …

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 Mapping the Utilisphere

Mapping the Utilisphere

Earth has had a geosphere, atmosphere and biosphere for a few billion years. Only within the last several thousand years has earth gained a global noosphere, the intangible …

Visual of Planes of Existence

Planes of Existence

Peculiar image of the week, by Mattijn Franssen .

Visual of Retro-futuristic Weather Machine

Retro-futuristic Weather Machine

Geo-engineering avant la lettre. This is what 19th century people thought a 21th century weather machine would look like. This retro-futuristic postcard was produced around 1900 …

Visual of Street View of the United States

Street View of the United States

The All Streets map visualizes of all the 240 million individual road segments in the United States. Although no other features — outlines, cities, or types of terrain — are …

Visual of The Majestic Plastic Bag

The Majestic Plastic Bag

Behold the heroic journey of one of the most illustrious creatures on our planet. Created by the good people of Healthebay.org .

Visual of The Soul is a Plastic Bag

The Soul is a Plastic Bag

In the film Plastic Bag , the title character spends a lifetime (or more) on a quest for a creator not even aware of his existence.  A stunning short by Ramin Bahrani, director of …

Visual of The Technological Sublime

The Technological Sublime

The sublime is an aesthetic concept of 'the exalted,' of beauty that is grand and dangerous. Through 17th and 18th century European intellectual tradition, the sublime became …

Visual of Tokyo Nightscape – Before and After

Tokyo Nightscape – Before and After

By fading between scenes of pre- and post-quake Tokyo, this time-lapse video shows how Tokyo's nightscape has been affected by ongoing conservation efforts and power shortages. …

Visual of Traffic Sign Comic

Traffic Sign Comic

This uncanny comical combination of traffic signs was spotted in the great city of Lisbon, Portugal. Notice the ignorant by-passers. I fear we might have a new genre here. …

Visual of Urban Birds have Bigger Brains

Urban Birds have Bigger Brains

Researchers learned that city birds have larger brains relative to their body size. No, they are not getting big-headed from their exposure to big-city sophistication, but rather …

Visual of A New

A New "High Line" Leads to Rotterdam

The High Line , the amazing recycling project that converted a former NYC railroad to high-rise park, has inspired the reincarnation of similar disused urban spaces across the …

Visual of Architect Aims to Build House From Plastic Waste

Architect Aims to Build House From Plastic Waste

Interpreting the plastics in the Earths ecosystem as building material rather than as waste.

Visual of Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

Christian Schwägerl , freelance journalist and biologist, author of the book The Anthropocene: The Human Era and How It Shapes Our Planet , introduces us into the Anthropocene , a …

Visual of Conservationists Turn Their Sights on Urban Habitats

Conservationists Turn Their Sights on Urban Habitats

For city-dwellers, the closest 'true wilderness' to be found is usually the weeds sprouting in abandoned lots. Snow-capped, postcard nature might be beautiful but is …

Visual of Desire Paths

Desire Paths

Design by planning vs design by doing.

Visual of Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

As cities push to the edges of the wilderness, wild animals are increasingly com

Visual of Dutch protest against Bad Weather

Dutch protest against Bad Weather

Some countries just don't seem to have real problems. This weekend a protest was organized in Amsterdam against the bad weather . In the first three weeks of July the Dutch …

Visual of Greetings from the Ohio Turnpike

Greetings from the Ohio Turnpike

Apparently freeways have obtained a level of nostalgia that they are now suitable objects to be depicted on postcards (speaking of nostalgic objects). Perhaps one day in the …

Visual of Hidden Cities Emerge from the Amazon

Hidden Cities Emerge from the Amazon

Famed for its jaguars, orchids, and horrifying parasites, the Amazon is just as famous for what it lacks: human presence. For many years, the prevailing wisdom has been that …

Visual of Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Before There Were Even Humans

Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Before There Were Even Humans

Humans and other hominids have a reputation for bringing about mass extinctions. Homo erectus  has been blamed for the disappearance of many African carnivores, our ancestors …

Visual of In the Future, We Will Mine for Plastic

In the Future, We Will Mine for Plastic

Peak oil, the point when petroleum extraction is at its maximum, may have already occurred sometime  in the last few years . Not only affecting whether we drive a Humvee or not, …

Visual of Jewels from the Ocean

Jewels from the Ocean

Designer and former fashion model Barbara de Vries was cleaning plastic litter off her favorite beach in the Bahamas, when she noticed the plastic fragments were all uniquely …

Visual of Man-Made Coral Reefs

Man-Made Coral Reefs

Last week I had the pleasure of being the studio guest at the Earth Beat radio show. I was treated with examples of 'artificial nature' and asked to respond from a Next Nature …

Visual of Sand Engine Reinforces Dutch Coastline

Sand Engine Reinforces Dutch Coastline

Now here is an hands-on example of ‘guided growth‘ as a way to steer complex systems.

Visual of Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

Montreal filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ documentary feature, Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement and reveals the risk of running the 21st …

Visual of The Sound of Silence? An Aircraft Engine.

The Sound of Silence? An Aircraft Engine.

Silence is a thing of the past. Just as no place has been left untouched by climate change, there is no place on earth that is not 'polluted' by the sounds of planes, ships, and …

Visual of Tracy Metz – Nature is an Agreement

Tracy Metz – Nature is an Agreement

Writer and NRC journalist Tracy Metz dissects our Image of Nature , how it is constructed, by whom and for what reason. Her conclusion: "Nature is an Agreement. Just like the nude …

Visual of Urban Heat Causes Trees to Grow Faster

Urban Heat Causes Trees to Grow Faster

The high temperatures of urban environments causes trees to grow faster in the city than in rural areas. Researchers at Columbia's Earth Institute have discovered this by planting …

Visual of Welcome to the Woods

Welcome to the Woods

Enter through the gate and suspend your disbelief to indulge in the nature theater. Peculiar image of the week by Nick Zonneveld .

Visual of 3D Print a New House in One Day

3D Print a New House in One Day

3D printers using concrete can now create complete houses from the ground-up.

Visual of A Fake Cruise for a Real Vacation

A Fake Cruise for a Real Vacation

All the "fun" of a cruise vacation, with none of the seasickness.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

How geology and humanity turn ancient algae into high-tech gadgets.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #3: Morphing Earth, Piece by Piece

Anthropo-scene #3: Morphing Earth, Piece by Piece

Humans act as bio-excavators that literally move mountains.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #4: Longing for Nature

Anthropo-scene #4: Longing for Nature

What one ugly overpass in Berlin reveals about our attitudes towards nature.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #5: Industrial Wilderness

Anthropo-scene #5: Industrial Wilderness

Old ironworks in Germany have become more natural than "real" nature.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #6: Military Nature

Anthropo-scene #6: Military Nature

Military action accidentally restores a lost ecosystem.

Visual of Anthropocene Art – Amazon Abstraction

Anthropocene Art – Amazon Abstraction

A false-color image of Amazon deforestation reveals surprisingly beautiful patterns.

Visual of Gathering Electricity from the Atmosphere

Gathering Electricity from the Atmosphere

"Atmospheric energy" has the power to revolutionize the production of electricity.

Visual of Brick Era

Brick Era

Mankind has expanded the variety of stones found on the planet.

Visual of Bright Streetlights Make Us No Safer, and Why That's Good News

Bright Streetlights Make Us No Safer, and Why That's Good News

Artificial lighting at night makes us fat, depressed and sick. What are the alternatives?

Visual of CAMOVER: Destroy All CCTV Cameras!

CAMOVER: Destroy All CCTV Cameras!

Earn points in an online game by destroying real-life CCTVs.

Visual of Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

A Dutch artist designs a Utopian eco-socialist online society.

Visual of Gated Communities: In Or Out?

Gated Communities: In Or Out?

Ultimately existence (or not) for gated communities comes down to the existential choice: should we be afraid of the future?

Visual of Get Ready for the Arctic to Bloom

Get Ready for the Arctic to Bloom

In the warming Arctic, an area the size of the US is now covered in vegetation.

Visual of High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

Famous Parisian landmarks are home to hundreds of thousands of bees.

Visual of In the (Physical) Cloud

In the (Physical) Cloud

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde uses smoke, moisture and lighting to create temporary clouds.

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 Manmade Global Warming Is at Least 15,000 Years Old

Manmade Global Warming Is at Least 15,000 Years Old

How the extinction of mammoths changed the atmosphere.

Visual of Modern Countries Mapped on Pangea

Modern Countries Mapped on Pangea

Some 300 million years ago, all countries were united in the Pangea continent. Unfortunately at the time there weren't any nature preservation organizations around it to protect and it drifted apart.

Visual of Modern Fata Morgana

Modern Fata Morgana

Imagine bumping into a cola dispenser after a hike in the pristine Canadian forests for three days. Would you believe your eyes?

Visual of Nature Documentary 2.0

Nature Documentary 2.0

Ironic nature documentary on the new symbiosis in the ocean between trash and wildlife. Created by Studio Smack for Greenpeace .

Visual of New York Preps for Climate Change by Building New Wetlands

New York Preps for Climate Change by Building New Wetlands

New York City plans to combat hurricanes with "soft edges" composed of marshes and beaches.

Visual of Nextnatural Sky

Nextnatural Sky

Every cloud you see is an airplane. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

As we strive to milk all available energy from nature, we not only harvest but alter our surroundings in the process. By mixing the warm sea air with cooler air above, offshore …

Visual of Painting with Toxic Runoff

Painting with Toxic Runoff

A professor and an artist have invented a method to manufacture paint from acid mine runoff.

Visual of Plastic is a new material in the Earths ecosystem

Plastic is a new material in the Earths ecosystem

I gathered this hand full of tiny pieces of plastic on less than one square meter of beach in Greece (map) . Spotted with the Next Nature Spotter iPhone app .

Visual of Portrait of MAN

Portrait of MAN

Amazing short animation by Steve Cuts.

Visual of Surviving the Anthropocene in China

Surviving the Anthropocene in China

How people adapt to toxic food, air and water in Beijing.

Visual of The Fence

The Fence

A satirical yet bona fide view on our changing relation with nature.

Visual of Turning Detroit into Farms and Forests

Turning Detroit into Farms and Forests

Concerned locals are turning Detroit back into farmland and forests.

Visual of Wearable Urban Farms

Wearable Urban Farms

Got no space for a farm? Just shrink one and turn it into jewelry!

Visual of Why Shopping Malls Are Confusing

Why Shopping Malls Are Confusing

Do you get lost in shopping malls? Do you end up spending more than you intended? It's not your fault.

Visual of 21th Century Fata Morgana

21th Century Fata Morgana

A cave man teleported at today's Bangkok airport would not recognize anything, except for the few trees in the back.

Visual of A Net will Collect Debris from Outer Space

A Net will Collect Debris from Outer Space

JAXA developes a net that could collect debris from outer space.

Visual of Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

As a consequence of a big water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas the Aral Sea is drying up.

Visual of Auto Paint Stones

Auto Paint Stones

Nextnatural stones formed from layers of paint in old car factories.

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 Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Smog-busting roof tiles could clean tons of pollution.

Visual of DIY Wire Networks In India

DIY Wire Networks In India

Indian fragile DIY electronic infrastructure gives an insight into our complex electronic wire systems.

Visual of Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

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 Geometry in the Sky

Geometry in the Sky

Planes flying overhead form a nextnatural sky.

Visual of Monster Machine Swallows Tree in 15 Sec

Monster Machine Swallows Tree in 15 Sec

15 seconds, that is the time it takes the mulcher monster to consume a 9 meter-tall, mature spruce – starting at the top, landing at the bottom.

Visual of Nano Product: CloudCrayons

Nano Product: CloudCrayons

CloudCrayons: cloud coloring rockets.

Visual of Nature Learned to Turn Plastic into Rocks

Nature Learned to Turn Plastic into Rocks

Plastic can fuse with rocks to form a new material: plastiglomerate.

Visual of Nile by Night

Nile by Night

Old nature lid up by next nature.

Visual of Plastic Pollution Solution

Plastic Pollution Solution

Is there a possibility to clean up the oceans from plastic pollution?

Visual of Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

The EU Commission will hopefully reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags within 5 years by 80%.

Visual of Self-Assembling Fungus Tower

Self-Assembling Fungus Tower

Hy-Fi, a structure built from a combination of corn husks and fungus.

Visual of Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked 'real time' through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.

Visual of The Arctic Leisure Resort

The Arctic Leisure Resort

If the global warming trend continues, we might be able to take the whole family on a trip to the North Pole someday.

Visual of The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Breathtaking satellite images that will change how you see the World.

Visual of The First 3D Printed Canal House

The First 3D Printed Canal House

The first 3D printed house is a recognisable and attractive Dutch Canal House, an exhibition and building site in the heart of Amsterdam.

Visual of Transportations Of The Future

Transportations Of The Future

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

Visual of Updated Next Nature Spotter

Updated Next Nature Spotter

Join us in spotting Next Nature phenomena around the World. Download the free Next Nature Spotter app.

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 Watch Your City at Night from Space

Watch Your City at Night from Space

Less than one millennium ago the Earth at night was all black. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

Visual of Ambient City

Ambient City

How cities will function when there are more robots than people working in factories, everything is intelligently interlinked, autos drive autonomously and drones deliver the mail?

Visual of Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

It's more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a …

Visual of Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

With cities covering growing area of land, we humans and our spaces build the new wilderness for animals and plants.

Visual of Digital Mountains Shouting Your Tweets

Digital Mountains Shouting Your Tweets

Ever feel the need to hear two digital mountains read your tweets aloud with deep and sonorous voices?

Visual of Drinking Water From the Air

Drinking Water From the Air

Warka Water is an alternative water source to rural population that faces challenges in accessing drinkable water.

Visual of The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

Architect firm Foster + Partners announced plans to build the world's first droneport in Rwanda.

Visual of Electronic Gadget Cemetery in Ghana

Electronic Gadget Cemetery in Ghana

Agbogbloshie is a former wetland that is turned into a slum and now it is full of toxic electronic waste.

Visual of First Entirely Transparent Solar Panel Could Transform our Cities

First Entirely Transparent Solar Panel Could Transform our Cities

Our constant need of new, cleaner energy led a Michigan State University research group to conceive a fully transparent solar panel that could replace ordinary windows.

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 High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

An innovative solution to a better way for transportation: a high-speed elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

Visual of Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Easy-to-assemble customized tiny houses that can be covered under layers of soil, turf, or even sand and snow.

Visual of Human-Shaped Power Lines

Human-Shaped Power Lines

Just a project for now, but a far more creative way to deal with unsightly public works than tree-shaped antennas.

Visual of Manta Ray Floating City

Manta Ray Floating City

French visionary architect Jacques Rougerie designed a utopian floating city shaped like a manta ray.

Visual of Nasa's Projections on Global Warming

Nasa's Projections on Global Warming

Researchers at Nasa's Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) in Maryland can deploy a supercomputer called the "Discover".

Visual of Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

Waterlicht shows how the Netherlands would look without waterworks — a virtual flood.

Visual of Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar eclipse may impact power supply due to increased use of solar panels

Visual of Swedish Underground Cabins

Swedish Underground Cabins

In this era we are reaching for the sky. But back in the 17th century however, something different was happening in Sweden.

Visual of The Emergence of 4D Printing

The Emergence of 4D Printing

An inspiring TED talk by computational architect Skylar Tibbits about 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time.

Visual of The Most Romantic City? Not Paris!

The Most Romantic City? Not Paris!

San Bruno in California is the only city with a hearth-shaped neighborhood.

Visual of Architecture on Mars

Architecture on Mars

The future anticipates 3D printed homes on Mars.

Visual of No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

The Salt Project created an additional ecosystem to revive desertified lands.

Visual of Colorless coral: How climate change is affecting the great barrier reef

Colorless coral: How climate change is affecting the great barrier reef

Our peculiar image of the week comes from the Great Barrier Reef. You've probably seen images of this vibrant underwater attraction before. If you're lucky, maybe you've seen it …

Visual of Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

Hallstatt, a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria, is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China.

Visual of The Danger of a Plastic Sea

The Danger of a Plastic Sea

By 2050 plastic waste will outnumber the number of fish in the sea. These Surfers are taking action and raising awareness.

Visual of The Most Densely Populated Island on Earth

The Most Densely Populated Island on Earth

The island Santa Cruz del Islote is only 0.012 square kilometers in size, but is home to over 1.200 people. That's four times as dense as Manhattan.

Visual of Driverless Taxi Pods

Driverless Taxi Pods

Driverless Taxi Pods pilot in suburb of New Delhi.

Visual of Egypt's First Solar-Powered Village

Egypt's First Solar-Powered Village

This village is powered by building-integrated solar panels and provides shelter for 350 people, putting sunlight to better use.

Visual of The First Drone Superhighway

The First Drone Superhighway

Urban planners proposed a utopian superhighway for the up-and-coming organic smart city Bao’an.

Visual of First Self Sufficient Solar-Powered Airport

First Self Sufficient Solar-Powered Airport

The Cochin International Airport is self-sufficient thanks to its solar power plant.

Visual of First Solar Road Opens in France

First Solar Road Opens in France

World's first solar road opened in Normandy, France.

Visual of A Floating Tunnel for Norway

A Floating Tunnel for Norway

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north.

Visual of Foster’s Prototype for a Droneport

Foster’s Prototype for a Droneport

Norman Foster's project for a Droneport that will give a valid, affordable alternative to reach and bring help to remote areas.

Visual of Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Visual of Guerilla Gardening in Paris

Guerilla Gardening in Paris

Paris passed a new law that not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them in doing so.

Visual of Holland Before the Dikes

Holland Before the Dikes

A speculative rendering of a climate change catastrophe? Is this our future? Or our past, long before people starting building dykes in the low lands?

Visual of Hyperloop Set to Change Mass Transit

Hyperloop Set to Change Mass Transit

The Hyperloop is a future transportation means that is safer, faster, and cheaper than current forms of mass transit.

Visual of Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

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 Israeli Tech Turns Any Road Electric

Israeli Tech Turns Any Road Electric

ElectRoad developed a unique technology that powers the vehicle wirelessly from the road while driving.

Visual of The Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

The Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

A floating photovoltaic system will lie on the waters of a Japanese dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.

Visual of Madrid's Future Is Greener than Ever

Madrid's Future Is Greener than Ever

Madrid's new plans to fight rising temperatures and high pollution rates investing on green urban areas.

Visual of The New Era of Tourism is Underwater

The New Era of Tourism is Underwater

Sleeping underwater has always been your dream? Thanks to an ambitious project it will be soon reality.

Visual of VR Days Europe: Next Nature Habitat

VR Days Europe: Next Nature Habitat

Next Nature Habitat premiered at VR Days Europe in Amsterdam last weekend.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #5

What Is Next Nature? #5

Walking on the grass while there is a road and feeling rebellious.

Visual of “Next Tokyo” City Plan Unveiled

“Next Tokyo” City Plan Unveiled

A proposal for a residential skyscraper in Tokyo Bay as part of “Next Tokyo”, takes into account the recurrent threats of rising sea levels, seismic activity and typhoons.

Visual of Who Owns the Map?

Who Owns the Map?

In their pursuit of mapping the physical world online, mapping services simultaneously shape our understanding of it too.

Visual of There Are More People Flying in Airplanes right Now, than there were Alive on Earth in the Stone Age

There Are More People Flying in Airplanes right Now, than there were Alive on Earth in the Stone Age

Today there are on average there are some 8000 planes in the sky carrying at least half a million people. On average during the Stone Age there must have been less.

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 Sea Delicatessen Grow Along Highways

Sea Delicatessen Grow Along Highways

With winter just around the corner, salt trucks are getting ready to hit the road spreading tons of salt. Ice free asphalt is necessary to drive safely and keep transports …

Visual of Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

E.O. Wilson, a respected biologist, has proposed a radical idea: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Visual of Solar Energy Day and Night

Solar Energy Day and Night

Special balloons able to catch the rays of the sun from above the clouds, producing clean energy day and night thanks to the help of a fuel cell.

Visual of Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

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

Visual of Old Cellphones to Fight Deforestation

Old Cellphones to Fight Deforestation

A Californian engineer is using old cellphones and solar panels to save the rainforest ecosystem against deforestation.

Visual of Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Our cities are made out of steel and concrete. What if we replace them with wood and bone?

Visual of World's

World's "Coolest" Hotel

Sweden's new Icehotel 365 uses solar cooling to stay open all year.

Visual of World's First 3D Printed Building

World's First 3D Printed Building

The world's first 3D printed office building opens its doors in Dubai, paving the way for the building of the future.

Visual of The World's First Invisible Train

The World's First Invisible Train

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is designing the world's first invisible train.

Visual of One Day of Air Traffic

One Day of Air Traffic

Mike Kelly shows the entire day of traffic, in just one image.

Visual of Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

Visual of When Buildings Become Trees

When Buildings Become Trees

What if buildings could become trees? That vision is what Italian architect Stefano Boeri is aiming at with his Vertical Foresting.

Visual of Circular Runway for Airport Efficiency

Circular Runway for Airport Efficiency

The endless runway is a new airport concept by Dutch scientist Henk Hesselink.

Visual of Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Dutch train passengers travel 100% on wind power.

Visual of Energy Generated from Polluted Air

Energy Generated from Polluted Air

Scientists developed a device that converts polluted air into clean air while generating power.

Visual of A Fake City for Real Self-Driving Cars

A Fake City for Real Self-Driving Cars

Uber built a fake city called Almono to train self-driving cars. This town is full of fake houses, mannequins and chaotic intersections.

Visual of Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

Company Blue Frontiers wants to build 7.500 square meters of floating city made up of linked platforms, starting 2018. They hope to complete it by 2020.

Visual of Floating Green Power

Floating Green Power

Offshore renewable energy resources, such as floating solar arrays, have begun to pop up around the world.

Visual of The Global Subway Map of the Future

The Global Subway Map of the Future

The Hyperloop will turn the world into a global village.

Visual of Space Television Network

Space Television Network

Sen is a space television network that provides visuals from other planets in order to prepare us for our multi-planetary life.

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 A Panda Shaped Solar Plant

A Panda Shaped Solar Plant

China recently built a panda shaped solar plant to get kids interested in green energy.

Visual of Want Plastic with Your Salt?

Want Plastic with Your Salt?

A recent study examining the purity of 17 commercial sea salt brands from eight different countries found microplastics in all 17 samples.

Visual of Print Your House in a Day!

Print Your House in a Day!

A Russian construction firm prints houses in 24 hours on site with their mobile 3D printer.

Visual of Rothko in Salts

Rothko in Salts

The multiplication of bacteria "paints" this lake with peculiar colours. Tints vary along magenta, green and yellow, giving it Rothko-like appearance.

Visual of From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

Rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables.

Visual of Skyscraper Hanging from the Sky

Skyscraper Hanging from the Sky

What if we rethink the system and instead of building from earth to sky, we do it the other way around?

Visual of Skyscraper Fails to Load Its Textures

Skyscraper Fails to Load Its Textures

In New York, observant residents were surprised to see a skyscraper that looked like it was struggling to load its textures.

Visual of Smog Free Bicycles

Smog Free Bicycles

Introducing bicycles to purify pollution as you pedal.

Visual of Sponge Cities: Soak It, Store It, Reuse It

Sponge Cities: Soak It, Store It, Reuse It

The philosophy behind sponge cities is simple: cities should contribute to solving water related problems instead of causing them.

Visual of Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was already transformed over two thousand years ago by people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks.

Visual of LA Turns White to Fight Urban Warming

LA Turns White to Fight Urban Warming

Los Angeles is painting its streets white to fight urban warming and expects to lower the temperature by three degrees in the next 20 years.

Visual of Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

A wind farm in Scotland is on hold because of its lethal killing power towards seabirds.

Visual of The City as Technology in Tokyo

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 The World's First Floating City

The World's First Floating City

In effort of protecting and prospering their country, the Polynesian government has signed an agreement to realize the world’s first floating city.

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 #French [Green] DreamTowers

#French [Green] DreamTowers

FrenchDreamTowers is an eco-friendly high-rise complex imagined by Paris-based architect studio XTU , for the city of Hangzhou in Southern China. Currently under study, the …

Visual of A next natural landscape of bikes

A next natural landscape of bikes

It was just little over a year ago that bike sharing schemes started to take off in China. Yet in the blink of an eye, millions of bikes painted in vivid colours, popped up in and …

Visual of The Great Pacific garbage

The Great Pacific garbage "patch" is now three times the size of France

Mon dieu! The swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an exponential rate. A recent study has estimated that the mass of the garbage island is four to sixteen …

Visual of The Ocean Cleanup heads for the Pacific

The Ocean Cleanup heads for the Pacific

The Ocean Cleanup claims its device could cut the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in half in five years.

Visual of Turning cities into parks: In conversation with Raymond Brouwers on Urban Street Forests

Turning cities into parks: In conversation with Raymond Brouwers on Urban Street Forests

Urban neighborhoods with high-rise concrete buildings are often dreary and gray. Therefore, the Urban Street Forest project aims to color our cities with the planting of vertical …

Visual of Driverless and electric, or car-free? How cities are cutting out cars, and why

Driverless and electric, or car-free? How cities are cutting out cars, and why

It’s common consensus in the tech industry that the days of cars as we know them—powered by gas, driven by humans, and individually owned by all who want and can afford one—are …

Visual of Why electric cars should be allowed to drive faster

Why electric cars should be allowed to drive faster

In response to the nitrogen crisis, the Dutch cabinet is planning to reduce the speed limit during the day to 100 kph. In itself a sensible decision. But it is strange that this …

Visual of Four visions for the future of public transport

Four visions for the future of public transport

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the …

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 These are the 'meltwater lakes' of Antartica

These are the 'meltwater lakes' of Antartica

During the Antarctic summer, thousands of mesmerising blue lakes form around the edges of the continent’s ice sheet, as warmer temperatures cause snow and ice to melt and collect …

Visual of Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

In configuring our next nature, artists and scientists explore new languages that move beyond the Anthropocene - the era of human beings. These semantics would bridge the gap …

Visual of The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

In science fiction and popular science, 2030 is often suggested as the year in which our planet will run out of oil. Similarly, 2100 will be the year that, according to …

Visual of Why half of the world's beaches could disappear by 2100

Why half of the world's beaches could disappear by 2100

Up to half of the world’s sandy beaches are at risk of disappearing by the end of this century if no action is taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to a new …

Visual of How China is enjoying blue skies — thanks to the coronavirus

How China is enjoying blue skies — thanks to the coronavirus

Surrounded by greyness and with the air around you having a dusty, burnt taste; for a long time this is what it has been like to live in many of the world’s highly polluted …

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 The new Next Nature book is here!

The new Next Nature book is here!

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

Visual of Growing Crops with Video Projections

Growing Crops with Video Projections

Growing plants with projected YouTube videos.

Visual of Cloudmaker

Cloudmaker

Always dreamed of creating your own clouds? You can now create them... from text. Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from any text, url or rss stream you provide. The …

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”.

Visual of Painting the Anthropocene

Painting the Anthropocene

Govedare paints the human impact on natural environments, showing how nature has become a subset of culture.

Visual of Urban Green

Urban Green

These pictures by photographer Jacob Gesink show how the urban green is carefully manufactured.

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 Join the Neolithic Revolution

Join the Neolithic Revolution

Why hunt? Why gather? Join the Neolithic revolution! Somewhere around 9500 BC proto-farmers began to select and cultivate food plants with desired characteristics. While in their …

Visual of Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus is a collaborative senior thesis project by Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga, recent graduates of SVA. Pretty cool to watch, the video is a metaphor of urban landscapes …

Visual of A day in the Dutch dunes

A day in the Dutch dunes

Recently, I had a nice day in the Dutch dunes with the people of Blocter.com , who show the people behind blogs. We closely investigated the Scottish highland cattle that acts as …

Visual of Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Most people know about light emitting organisms such as jellyfishes, fireflies and mushrooms . Some time ago, genetic engineers transferred genes responsible for the luciferin and …

Visual of Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes

There is something about the work of Josh Keyes. He might be the Bob Ross of our generation. He has site.

Visual of Next Nest

Next Nest

When a bird builds a nest, we call it nature, but when a human puts up an apartment building, suddenly it’s culture? As if the dividing line between nature and culture wasn't …

Visual of Where newspaper racks go to die

Where newspaper racks go to die

These photos of disused newspaper racks in a San Francisco storage yard – taken March 13, 2009 by AP/Noah Berger – are pretty much all you need to know about the state of the …

Visual of Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Besides the extensive collection of animals from around the planet, the Amsterdam City Zoo Artis also houses some local wild species on its premises who immigrated into the zoo on …

Visual of Downriver in the Lowlands

Downriver in the Lowlands

The Netherlands is known for its outright flat landscape – its even part of the name. How come the Dutch Womans Youth Rafting Team just won the World Cup in the category …

Visual of Nature as a building

Nature as a building

As the world is preparing to show off at the World Expo in Shanghai, their pavilions are nearing their final stage. To me, it feels like a lot of them are making references to …

Visual of Inventing an Extinct Horse

Inventing an Extinct Horse

Along with the  Heck cattle and Scottish Highlanders , another reconstructed species roams the Dutch dunes . The sturdy  Konik horse , also known as the Polish primitive, is the …

Visual of Take your transgenic kids to the CPNH

Take your transgenic kids to the CPNH

The Center for PostNatural History doesn't house the dinosaurs or dioramas of your run-of-the-mill natural history museum. Instead, it's the first museum dedicated exclusively to …

Visual of Bye Bye Barbed Wire: Cow-Mounted GPS Will Enable

Bye Bye Barbed Wire: Cow-Mounted GPS Will Enable "Virtual Fencing"

A device that remotely controls cattle's movements promises to transform the American landscape.

Visual of Glow in the Dark Trees

Glow in the Dark Trees

Daan Roosegaarde is exploring possibilities to replace streetlights with luminous trees.

Visual of Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Scientists are working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.

Visual of Imported African Sun: Coming Soon

Imported African Sun: Coming Soon

The recently opened Noor solar power plant is now the biggest in the world. It will power Morocco and if everything goes as planned imported solar energy can be a reality too.

Visual of Meet the Weather Drone

Meet the Weather Drone

The Weather Drone controls the weather, it makes sure the sun will shine on your birthday, or that the rain will fall during a period of drought.

Visual of The New Technology in Agriculture: Trees

The New Technology in Agriculture: Trees

New technologies are changing the landscape, but the latest trend reshaping rural environments and agriculture is agroforestry: the art of planting trees.

Visual of Artificial Island Dubai

Artificial Island Dubai

On the first day, Dubai created the palm...

Visual of Echte Natuur is niet Groen

Echte Natuur is niet Groen

Ons beeld van natuur moet worden aangepast — echte natuur is niet groen.

Visual of Animal Logic

Animal Logic

Peculiar image of the week, by Richard Barnes .

Visual of Crop Circles

Crop Circles

In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had …

Visual of EnergyTree

EnergyTree

The EnergyTree is a device dedicated to monitoring your household energy use. It monitors you energy output from sockets and any device that is using electricity. It also monitors …

Visual of Fake for Real: Romantic Sunsets

Fake for Real: Romantic Sunsets

Sunsets are loved by people all around the globe. Could this universal aesthetic preference be linked to a deeply rooted understanding of the sunset's importance? Life on earth …

Visual of Forest clock

Forest clock

TiWalkMe is a clock (still in conceptual stage) designed to track 1,000 years using a forest seeded along a ribbon of land to tell time. Annual tree plantings set the pace, …

Visual of Information Decoration: Our Environment as an Information Carrier

Information Decoration: Our Environment as an Information Carrier

Picture this: it's 40,000 years ago, and you are an early Homo sapiens. You are standing on the savanna. Look around you. What do you see? No billboards, no traffic signs, no …

Visual of Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. In May 2005, artist Xu Zhen led an ascent on Everest, and succeeded in …

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 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 Retro Future: Magic Highway USA

Retro Future: Magic Highway USA

Nothing makes a person more modest about future speculations than Retro Future. Want proof? Here is a 1958 video entitled " Magic Highway USA ". No, they didn't anticipate traffic …

Visual of Take nature, add nature

Take nature, add nature

Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment …

Visual of Tulip Island - Design a Polder

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 …

Visual of Urban Camouflage II

Urban Camouflage II

Aaron Larney made these urban camouflage printed hoodies, just in case you need to blend into your dorm's notice-board. See also: Urban Camouflage I .

Visual of Where Ships go to Die

Where Ships go to Die

Brendan Corr's created a photo essay of the Bangladesh beach/port Chittagong where half of the world's supertankers are disassembled. The reported facts: over 200,000 Bangladeshis …

Visual of All the water and air on earth..

All the water and air on earth..

... gathered into spheres and compared to the Earth. The water sphere (blue) in this computer visualization measures 1390 kilometres across and has a volume of 1.4 billion cubic …

Visual of As real as it gets

As real as it gets

Art Directors Andreas Junus and Irawandhani Kamarga; copywriter Darrick Subrata and photographer Anton Ismael (Indonesia) went through some trouble , visualizing Photoshop's …

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 Boxing the Desert

Boxing the Desert

With his Waterboxx , Pieter Hoff (The Netherlands) won the Bèta Dragons Award 2008. It is an instrument that supports plants and trees in order to survive in difficult …

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une fleur

Ceci n'est pas une fleur

Remember the classical dadaist fountain of Marcel Duchamp – who placed an urinal inside an art gallery and proclaimed it was Art? San Fransisco based artist Clark Sorensen takes …

Visual of China controls weather for olympics

China controls weather for olympics

The sun always shines on TV in China. "At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun …

Visual of Clear Blue Sky

Clear Blue Sky

Who likes clouds anyway? Especially for the people still living in the suburbs of Venray (small town in the Netherlands), artist Helmut Smits made this billboard depicting a clear …

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 Dirt 2.0

Dirt 2.0

To increase  decrease CO2 a lot of plans are made to cover city buildings with roof gardens. One problem however is that those gardens tend to be quite heavy. Especially when you …

Visual of Don't you just love those classical games?

Don't you just love those classical games?

Peculiar image of the week by Anne de Vries .

Visual of Dying ships

Dying ships

These ships were abandoned over twenty years ago. Their owners left them to die after the Chernobyl disaster due to their high levels of radiation. One of the great ironies of the …

Visual of Fake for Real: Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

Fake for Real: Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

Ask a child to draw a mountain and you will get something like the Matterhorn. The shape of this famous mountain, situated on the Swiss-Italian border in the Alps, is one of the …

Visual of Green Roofs for Living

Green Roofs for Living

This impression shows the ambitions of the city of Rotterdam for the coming decade. The city is supposed to have an image problem concerning its greenlife; as a big industrial …

Visual of Greenvertising

Greenvertising

Brain Kane proposes to fund the re-foresting of clearcut areas, with Greenvertising. See also: Branded butterfly wing , Plantvertising , Information Decoration , Dataplant , …

Visual of Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

With their project 'Rules of Six' architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings …

Visual of Hortus Conclusus

Hortus Conclusus

This weeks peculiar image is a work by Zeger Reyers. In 2001 he vaccinated some everyday objects - found in the basement of Rotterdam Art Centre Witte de With - with oyster …

Visual of In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness

Recently, I had some free time to return to my old passion of landscape painting. But somehow things seemed to have changed in the wilderness.

Visual of Light weeds

Light weeds

Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens and currently exhibited at the MoMA - part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition . The organisms - plants, weeds, trees - exist …

Visual of Man made Sun

Man made Sun

The photo of this 'man made sun' was taken on July, 8, 1956 during a Apache H-bomb test on Eniwetok atoll. In 1963, health concerns about radioactive fallout led to a ban on …

Visual of New York City Waterfalls

New York City Waterfalls

For three months this summer, artist Olafur Eliasson will put four giant waterfalls in New York as part of a public arts project. Including one that will fall from the Brooklyn …

Visual of Observing Old Nature

Observing Old Nature

"At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets." – Oscar wilde Picture by Noor Bongers , shot at Sedona, …

Visual of Pass the sunglasses

Pass the sunglasses

Viganella is a small town in the Italian Apls. It is located in a valley between very steep mountains. The mountains are so steep that from November the village ends up in the …

Visual of Photoshop reporters in China

Photoshop reporters in China

China's high-speed train from Qinghai to Xizang worried environmentalists well before its launch in July 2006. Concerns increased after a photograph of Tibetan wildlife near a …

Visual of Remember nature? Fake or real?

Remember nature? Fake or real?

Visiting the American Natural History Museum in New York, I pictured myself in about, let's say 150 years from now, trying to explain my younger family members what nature looked …

Visual of Search Engine

Search Engine

"Google has stationed approximately a million computers worldwide to be able to process the 40 billion searches per month. One search request uses as much energy as a low-energy …

Visual of Self control freak organizes his garden

Self control freak organizes his garden

Our friend the Self Control Freak is organizing his garden. Hover over the image above to help him get his wilderness under control.

Visual of Solar Trees

Solar Trees

Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove ('Captain Organic') placed several glowing Solar Trees in the streets of Vienna (October 2007). These solar powered streetlights could save cities …

Visual of Space Race in Cyberspace?

Space Race in Cyberspace?

After having build nightclubs, shopping malls and natural resorts, second hype residents have constructed a spaceport in their metaverse. They sure have a lot of different rockets …

Visual of Space Station

Space Station

If you would have shown this picture to people 50 years ago, they might have imagined it to be one of those promised 21th century space stations encircling some alien planet in …

Visual of Speaking at the Wall

Speaking at the Wall

I used to hear voices in my head, but now they seem to be coming from the walls – am I back in to the womb? No wait.. it's a wall that reacts to the spectators voice (quicktime) . …

Visual of The peoples gardens

The peoples gardens

Volkstuintjes (or peoples gardens) might be a typical Dutch / European tradition, offering gardening space in urban environments in which people don't have their own gardens. It's …

Visual of The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else

The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else

Image created by Lisa Oppenheim using images downloaded from the internet of sunsets taken by soldiers in Iraq, then positioned in front of the setting sun in New York. Via VVork .

Visual of Tree museum

Tree museum

Interesting image by Ilkka Halso

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 Waterdrop

Waterdrop

Imagine: your walking in the park about 15 years from now, water shortage is rising and public water fountains and ponds are becoming scarce. Why not settle for the next best …

Visual of Brandscape: Welcome Home

Brandscape: Welcome Home

Wednesday May 21st the boeing I was in, flew over some crop–fields near Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) where I took this picture. It reads: "Welcome home!". Unox is a famous Dutch …

Visual of Agenda Wallpaper

Agenda Wallpaper

Using thermochromatic ink, which changes color when the temperature exceeds a specific degree, designer Josien Pieters created a prototype of a dynamic wallpaper that …

Visual of Antenna Tree Mast Safari

Antenna Tree Mast Safari

This picture was taken in Zambia by Sarah Los (NL) while on wildlife safari . Every fairly trained "NextNature spotter" should be able to distinguish the cellphone-tree masts from …

Visual of Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

The fabrication of forests with artificial trees is one of the best strategies to stop climate change, according to scientists of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers . The …

Visual of 'Atlantis' Turns out to be Interfacial Artefact

'Atlantis' Turns out to be Interfacial Artefact

Since the days of Plato, the lost city of Atlantis has captivated the imagination of many.  The city, if you don’t already know, was said to be a naval power located roughly 600 …

Visual of Caravan Garden

Caravan Garden

Let's do a quick poll here. What would you rather own if you could choose between a car or a garden? Kevin van Braak combined both symbols of freedom and domesticity into this …

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une Roche

Ceci n'est pas une Roche

I went to Disneyland and all I got was this lousy rock... Via ivaniannoli.com | Related: Ceci n'es pas une Montagne | Summit of the Mount Everest On Tour | Treetrunk Trashcan | …

Visual of Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Regular readers of this website know we are keen to speculate that our global financial system is best perceived as an ecology, which although originally constructed by man, has …

Visual of Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Apparently, camouflaging oneself with digital patterns rather than nature-imitated patterns functions as a better camouflage within "old-nature" situations. So the digital …

Visual of Energy Consumption Shown on Power Plant

Energy Consumption Shown on Power Plant

Information decoration on a city scale. Every night from the 22 to the 29 of February 2008, the vapor emissions of he Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki will be illuminated to …

Visual of Field of Waves

Field of Waves

Parks are not nature. Parks are culture: man-made simulations of nature, carefully constructed to provide walkers, runners and mountain bikers with a recreational, yet confined – …

Visual of Four environmental 'heresies'

Four environmental 'heresies'

TED talk by Steward Brand – the man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s – has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic …

Visual of Fun River Waterslide

Fun River Waterslide

"A clean river is a fun river." Peculiar ad by stirmarketing.com Related: Playing with Dry Water | Datafountain | A Future Love Story

Visual of Google Kills Bambi

Google Kills Bambi

Every emerging next nature typically stresses some older nature. Time after time, we plant a new habituation, a new instinct, a second nature, that causes the first nature to dry …

Visual of GPS Parody

GPS Parody

And you thought GPS was supposed to make life easier? Created by Sheepfilms . Related: Find Brain, replace with GPS , GPS influence on street signage . Via Beyond the Beyond .

Visual of High Line Park

High Line Park

On elevated unused traintracks the city of New York created a park. Nice work, makes me think of the unnatural nature of parks I visit sometimes. Typically, the park is designed …

Visual of Highway Nomads

Highway Nomads

Whereas 40.000 years ago we used to roam the Savanna, today many people live the live of highway nomads. As an investigation of this lifestyle, artist Melle Smets and philosopher …

Visual of Human Landscape

Human Landscape

Our peculiar image of the week was created by artist Levi van Veluw , who reinvents the classical fine art of landscape painting, by moving from the traditional 'oil on canvas' to …

Visual of Mapping the DNA World

Mapping the DNA World

DNA related tools, once expensive and restricted to research and crime labs, are rapidly becoming affordable. Like GPS – once a high-tech wonder now turned into a everyday gadget …

Visual of Medicine Square Garden

Medicine Square Garden

Peculiar image of the week by Martin Denker .

Visual of Moscow won't let it snow

Moscow won't let it snow

Already in the early days of modern civilization, people claimed that they could control the weather. A known example from recent history are the rituals that American Indians …

Visual of Mountain Sofa

Mountain Sofa

Give in to your god-complex by sitting on this Mountain Sofa by Gaetano Pesce .

Visual of Natural Fountain

Natural Fountain

Fountains are peculiar objects: We associate them with nature even though they are typically entirely artificial and man-made (unless you are living in Iceland of course). …

Visual of Office Grass

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and …

Visual of Pantonebow

Pantonebow

Never believed in pots of gold anyway. Related: Credit on Color - rainbow of credit cards | Datafountain - money translated into water | Ceci n'est pas une Roche | Faked Fireworks …

Visual of Where cavemen live?

Where cavemen live?

Rock 2007. Peculiar image of the week by Hans Wilschut . Made in Shanghai. If you know more about the orgins of the building: let us know. Thanks to Vivid Gallery , Rotterdam, NL.

Visual of Pimp My Planet

Pimp My Planet

"We live in a time where everything or everyone can be upgraded or ‘pimped'. After the worldwide acceptance of plastic surgery, it was time to subject our worldly possessions …

Visual of Repairing the Scars of War

Repairing the Scars of War

Lenka Clayton : A series of five digitally repaired images taken in Lebanon of buildings damaged by the 2006 conflict with Israel. The images were taken specifically for this …

Visual of Running on non-newtonian fluid

Running on non-newtonian fluid

These dudes from the Spanish TV show El-Hormiguero mixed cornstarch and water made on a concrete mixer truck, effectively creating a pool of non-newtonian fluid – which is almost …

Visual of Sunflowers – electric gardening

Sunflowers – electric gardening

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a field of solar photovoltaic sunflowers that soak up the sun’s rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of …

Visual of Everyday...

Everyday...

... a new McDonalds opens somewhere in the world. Via RebelArt , via Ekosystem . Related: post-apocalyptic religious artefact , hamburger sneaker , Image consumption .

Visual of Tree Construction

Tree Construction

“Museum staff preparing Olympic Forest Scene exhibit”. Photo by Lee Boltin. American Museum of Natural History Library . Peculiar image of the week. See also: A day in the Dutch …

Visual of Unfolding the Earth - Myriahedral projections

Unfolding the Earth - Myriahedral projections

How can we unfold the Earth? Making a map of the earth is an ancient problem. For thousands of years cartographers, mathematicians, and inventors have developed methods to …

Visual of Wallpaper Escape

Wallpaper Escape

Found sportswear a d, will be reality some day... (with magical goggles of some sort) Related: Recreation in NextNature | Big Ass Search Engine | If Giraffes lived in the US | …

Visual of Wii Gardening

Wii Gardening

For people who live small... Via Gizmodo . Related: Game on , Games become jobs , Boomeranged Metaphors , Simulating old nature on next nature . Thanks Jurrian.

Visual of A tree guarding trees

A tree guarding trees

I spotted this in the Dutch wilderness, forests are turning into shopping malls.

Visual of Allergy-Free New York

Allergy-Free New York

We recreate the landscape according to our image of nature and to match our needs and expectations. This also applies for the urban landscape. In the NY Times of last week, Thomas …

Visual of Artificial Shrub Observatories

Artificial Shrub Observatories

Justin Shull investigates the born and the made by mixing them up in mobile installations like the "Terrestrial Shrub Rover" and the "Porta Hedge" . His designs consist of several …

Visual of Blob architecture 1.400 AD

Blob architecture 1.400 AD

Blob architecture 1.400 AD in the emperor's garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Peculiar image, from China with love.

Visual of Castle Duivenvoorde

Castle Duivenvoorde

That Next Nature is nothing new can be proven in a walk around Castle Duivenvoorde. The castle dates back from the 11th century, while the gardens date from 1631. In a time where …

Visual of Come See the Berg!

Come See the Berg!

So you’ve seen the peak of the Mount Everest on tour ? Descended the bobsled ride of the Matterhorn in a Disneyland ? Think you’ve seen it all? Now come and see The Berg in …

Visual of Constellation

Constellation

No this is not some stellar system far away. What is it then? Lets make another picture, this time with the flashlight on... ...and we learn the small universe is comprised by LED …

Visual of Learning to Build Superman's House

Learning to Build Superman's House

Superman already knew it: Steered growth is the future of architecture. The lower picture was taken at the Industrias Peñoles nano-chrystal architecture lab in Chihuahuan, Mexico …

Visual of Lets Grow an Avatar Forest

Lets Grow an Avatar Forest

After making the successful and popular movie Avatar (2009), James Cameron started the Avatar Home Tree Initiative . This initiative consists of building "Avatar" forests on 17 …

Visual of Medicinal All-Salt

Medicinal All-Salt

Do you suffer from small health inconveniences and do you like to put salt on your morning egg? Why not combine the two? Medicinal All-Salt provides a low-dosage solution for …

Visual of Next Nature Movie Top 10

Next Nature Movie Top 10

1. Quest for Fire / La Guerre du Feu (1981) 2. Being There (1979) 3. Koyaansiqatsi (1983) 4. Blade Runner (1984) 5. American Beauty (1999) 6. The Matrix (1999) 7. Grizzly Man …

Visual of Old Nature, the Museum

Old Nature, the Museum

Our peculiar image of the week was created by Ilkka Halso .

Visual of On the Road

On the Road

Excuse me, I am lost. Can you point me to the information super highway? Rendering by Chris Baker, photo Erik Pawasser. Via Wired . See also: Car Navigation - Follow the red cable …

Visual of Palmtree Drilling Platform

Palmtree Drilling Platform

In our ‘ under the beach lies the pavement ’ series. Already in 1973, Steven M. Johnson drew cartoons of oil drilling platforms disguised to look like palm trees, in an attempt by …

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 Rocky Messages

Rocky Messages

These SMS-style messages scribbled into the mountains by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye , make us so humbly aware of the discrepancy between our everyday human experience and some of …

Visual of Space Monkey

Space Monkey

During the 1960s, monkeys were sent into outer space as part of the US space exploration program. But they didn’t all return, until now. Via scaryideas.com | Related: WWF

Visual of To Milk the Cows, Click here

To Milk the Cows, Click here

In millions of offices and homes around the world, people are hard at work planting crops, feeding cattle and tilling their land. Welcome to Farmville , the digital rural world …

Visual of Under the Beach Lies the Pavement

Under the Beach Lies the Pavement

During the riots of 1968 , as students in Paris ripped up paving stones and threw them at the police, one of the rallying cries was “sous le pave: la plage” (under the pavement: …

Visual of Unlimited Urban Woods

Unlimited Urban Woods

What to do when you have a small city with limited space, and you rather turn available space into parking lots instead of parks? You turn to DUS Architects for an unlimited …

Visual of A Clear Sky

A Clear Sky

Remember the beginning of 2010, when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, throwing huge amounts of ash into the air, thousands of flights have been canceled across Europe due to …

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 Conquering the Skies

Conquering the Skies

Everywhere we go, we conquer the land and shape it to our preferences. The next place to build might as well be the clouds. Tiago Barros , designer and architect, has decided to …

Visual of Electric Topiary

Electric Topiary

Has this tree gone Pac-Man on the power lines? In truth, the slice through the side of the tree is the work of 'utility pruning.' Topiary was once determined on entirely aesthetic …

Visual of Hiking in Hypernature

Hiking in Hypernature

An escalator to the top of the hill, for people who like nature but don't like to hike. This photo was taken at the Montjuïc in Barcelona two years ago. See the original photo …

Visual of Holland Gets an Unnatural High

Holland Gets an Unnatural High

When the Dutch built the Netherlands , they forgot to add any mountains. The highest point in Holland is a measly 323 meters, compared to 2,962 meters for the highest mountain in …

Visual of Labradoodle

Labradoodle

Indulge in its cuteness. The Labradoodle brings us the finest blend between the labrador and the poodle. Combining sociability with beauty, they are the perfect human companion. …

Visual of Mastering Bambi

Mastering Bambi

In the film Mastering Bambi, artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs have stripped the landscape of its cuddly, anthropomorphic characters. Over the course of the film, the …

Visual of Negative Islands

Negative Islands

Recent flooding along the Mississippi River has broken records first set 70 years ago. As always, it's hard to attribute local weather to global patterns, but the heavier rainfall …

Visual of Skyscrapers for Pandora

Skyscrapers for Pandora

We've previously featured architecture that imitates nature by opening its walls like a flower , or drifting like a cloud . However, maybe this is not imitation enough. The next …

Visual of SMS Skyscrapers

SMS Skyscrapers

I reckoned Amsterdam did not have any sky scrapers, but I guess I wasn't looking through the right lenses. This sms-traffic Amsterdam skyline – made on new years eve 2007 – was …

Visual of Streetlight Trees

Streetlight Trees

We all know the cellphone masts disguised as trees , created in an attempt to blend technology within the 'natural' landscape. Now Taiwanese scientists have created trees that …

Visual of The Living Room

The Living Room

The private atmosphere of a Dutch living room is interrupted by the disturbing presence of a large oak tree that slowly enters the room. Made by roderickhietbrink.nl

Visual of Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming

Columbia professor Dickson Despommier imagines filling New Yorks skyscrapers with farms. As over 50% of the world population now lives in urban areas, this scenario could solve …

Visual of Theriomorphous Cyborg

Theriomorphous Cyborg

The Animal Architecture Awards have just announced the winners of their 2011 contest. Taking first place is Simone Ferracina's Theriomorphous Cyborg , a (speculative) augmented …

Visual of Tree Temple

Tree Temple

So we may think ‘ guided growth ‘ is a typically 21th century design methodology, yet apparently it was also in vogue in the 19th century. According the original description in …

Visual of Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Over six years ago we blogged our first cellphone antenna tree, and boy have they been propagating! Nowadays you'll find them in all kinds of species, cactus included.

Visual of Artificial Islands for a Tsunami-Proof Japan

Artificial Islands for a Tsunami-Proof Japan

Keiichiro Sako of  Sako Architects  has proposed constructing giant, drum-shaped islands on dry land as a means to protect residents of Tohoku from future tsunamis. The elevated …

Visual of Cellphone Masts Disguised as Trees are Outdated

Cellphone Masts Disguised as Trees are Outdated

There is a new version of the well-known cellphone masts disguised as trees. Instead of adding fake nature to these masts,  ChamTech Operations wants to put a layer of invisible …

Visual of How to build your own Christmas Tree

How to build your own Christmas Tree

Polish artist Dominik Lejman has created this nine minute video manual

Visual of Genetic Screening for Christmas Trees

Genetic Screening for Christmas Trees

If you've turned to plastic Christmas trees because the real ones leave piles of needles behind, science is working to bring live conifers back into your holidays. A $1.3 million …

Visual of Get into Buckminster Fuller

Get into Buckminster Fuller

58:10 minute interview with polymath & nextnature thinker avant la lettre Buckminister Fuller.

Visual of Goats Replace Lawnmowers in San Francisco

Goats Replace Lawnmowers in San Francisco

They might not be as fast, but goats offer several advantages over diesel-powered lawnmowers. They're quieter, they emit fewer greenhouse gases, and they fertilize soil as they go …

Visual of Thijs Zonneveld – Let's build a Mountain

Thijs Zonneveld – Let's build a Mountain

“God created the world, except for the Netherlands. That the Dutch created themselves” , Voltaire remarked in the eighteenth century already to describe the overly cultivated …

Visual of Living with Nature in the Post-Suburbs

Living with Nature in the Post-Suburbs

MoMA in New York has a new exhibit  exploring what can be done with American's only seemingly inexhaustible resource: foreclosed homes and sparsely inhabited suburbs. Nature-City …

Visual of Making Deserts Flourish

Making Deserts Flourish

Using only plastic sheets and an irrigation-nutrient system, a Japanese researcher has found a way to change agriculture as we know it. Professor Yuichi Mori argues in his talk at …

Visual of Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Like we did to old nature before, we must now cultivate our technological environment.

Visual of Power, Water and Shelter from Giant Mushrooms?

Power, Water and Shelter from Giant Mushrooms?

In his (fictional!) documentary, designer and artist Tobias Revell sketches the city of New Mumbai powered by giant mushrooms. These genetically-engineered fungal organisms …

Visual of Rachel Armstrong - Living Architecture

Rachel Armstrong - Living Architecture

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we must develop living technology.

Visual of Seaside Swimming Pool

Seaside Swimming Pool

Always good to see a swimming pool exactly where you need it. At San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chili they know how to cater people that love nature – except for the rocks, bites …

Visual of The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

In 1994 researchers at Ohio State University created two artificial wetlands*  in riverine basins in order to investigate their possible benefits, and whether they could replace …

Visual of Turning Wind Farms into Seaweed Farms

Turning Wind Farms into Seaweed Farms

Closed to commercial shipping and fishing, offshore wind farms aren't put to much use besides generating clean energy. Ecofys , a Dutch sustainable consulting company, hopes to …

Visual of Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Retailers have long known that certain smells get us into the buying mood – cinnamon or warm cookies around the holidays, for instance – even if we're shopping for completely …

Visual of Vector Stones

Vector Stones

These stones were dug up by future archaeologists, some centuries after the integration of the digital and the material world was completed. No seriously, our peculiar image of …

Visual of What is Next Nature?

What is Next Nature?

At the Next Nature Power Show 2011 our master of ceremony, Koert van Mensvoort gave a mini lecture on our changing notion of Nature.

Visual of Diving with Sharks in a Shopping Center

Diving with Sharks in a Shopping Center

Swim with tropical fish in Manchester.

Visual of Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

A cheeky experiment to reduce CO2 results in a highly mobile garden.

Visual of Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Not real, but a far more creative way to deal with unsightly public works than tree-shaped antennas . Via Gizmodo .

Visual of NASA Might Give the Moon a Mini-Moon

NASA Might Give the Moon a Mini-Moon

Does the moon look lonely? NASA may eventually capture an asteroid to put in orbit around the moon, providing a wealth of research opportunities.

Visual of Plastic makes the world go round

Plastic makes the world go round

Cockroaches will inherit the world after humans are gone? Maybe not. Seeing plastic as the new moss, or algae, photographer Jeanny Kaethoven makes this beautiful pictures of …

Visual of Squared Romanticism

Squared Romanticism

A tree with squared-off branches invites speculation

Visual of Tree Caught up in the Matrix

Tree Caught up in the Matrix

Imagine how this tree must feel wondering "what is the Matrix?"

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 Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone

Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone

Project Loon by Google has the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas, with a hot air balloon network.

Visual of Bioluminescent Forest

Bioluminescent Forest

Two artists transformed the forest into a bioluminescent wonderland.

Visual of E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

An unsuccessful piece of video gaming history became an archeological record.

Visual of eTree – Electric Gardening

eTree – Electric Gardening

An eco-sculpture that looks like a tree. Its foliage is made of solar panels able to produce energy.

Visual of Exploring the City Soundscape

Exploring the City Soundscape

Buq are electronic life forms that shift the experience of the street scape from the primarily visual to a more auditory experience.

Visual of Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Real pigeons in a fake tree.

Visual of GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

Researchers engineered poplar trees for an easier production of paper and biofuels.

Visual of Highway Decoration

Highway Decoration

Highway rural decoration.

Visual of How Google Maps Solves Borders Issues

How Google Maps Solves Borders Issues

Google Maps drew up three different topographical plans of Crimea: one for visitors from Ukraine, another one for Russian users; and the third on the international version of the …

Visual of Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

1.5 million balloons were released in once to create a spectacular show becoming uncontrollable and dangerous.

Visual of Lunar Solar Power Generation

Lunar Solar Power Generation

Japanese engineers plan to turn the moon into a giant solar panel station.

Visual of Marine Plastic Creatures

Marine Plastic Creatures

Photographer Kim Preston transforms everyday household plastic objects into sea creatures.

Visual of Palm Tree Antenna

Palm Tree Antenna

Spotted near Las Vegas and Hurghada, Egypt. If you know any cellphone tree antenna masts in your neighborhood. Use the Next Nature spotting app for iPhone to add them.

Visual of Printing with Grass

Printing with Grass

This 3D Grass Printer can print a garden in any shape you can imagine

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

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

Visual of Raptor Aircraft Paints Rainbows in the Sky

Raptor Aircraft Paints Rainbows in the Sky

Next Nature Rainbow painted by F-22 Raptor Jet.

Visual of Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

After death you could have your ashes made into a rock to form the base of an “eternal memorial reef” .

Visual of Urban Aquarium in an Abandoned Mall

Urban Aquarium in an Abandoned Mall

An abandoned shopping mall became a self-sustained urban aquarium filled with thousands of fish.

Visual of A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A new Kickstarter project aims to bring the forest into Times Square.

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 Controlling the Weather with Drones

Controlling the Weather with Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) picked six test sites throughout the US to experiment with drone-based cloud seeding.

Visual of Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

British company BioCarbon Engineering developed a new ingenious way to exploit drones: reforestation.

Visual of Geothermal Beach

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach in Reykjavik to go at the seaside all year round.

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 Horizontal Trees

Horizontal Trees

Biologist Alina Schick developed trees that grow sideway, instead of growing upwards.

Visual of Living Underground with Fake Sunlight

Living Underground with Fake Sunlight

Coelux skylight recreates natural sunlight using Nano Technology.

Visual of Neon Waterfalls

Neon Waterfalls

Transforming Northern California waterfalls into a psychedelic scenery using a colorful range of glow sticks, lasers, road flares, headlamps.

Visual of One Tree, 40 Different Types of Fruit

One Tree, 40 Different Types of Fruit

A single tree that can produce 40 different stone fruits, or fruit with pits, including peaches, apricots, almonds, plums, cherries and nectarines.

Visual of Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our …

Visual of Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

A special absorbant film that require no soil may be able to grow plants more efficiently than soil farming.

Visual of Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

A tree, made with 3D printed leaves that contain solar cells.

Visual of Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

A sky garden of cacti and artificial life forms floating a hundred thousand feet above the Earth's surface.

Visual of Surveillance Gulls

Surveillance Gulls

Surveillance cameras pose like a flock of seagulls on a rock in Czech artist Jakub Geltner's latest work.

Visual of The Bamboo Skyscraper

The Bamboo Skyscraper

A group of architects looked at natural forests to design the bamboo skyscraper.

Visual of The Weather Machine

The Weather Machine

The Weather Machine: an installation that explores rain, clouds and sun heat to recreate the weather occurring outside.

Visual of The World’s Largest Indoor Farm

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm

The world’s largest indoor farm in Japan is 100 times more productive than traditional agriculture.

Visual of Artificial Northern Lights

Artificial Northern Lights

Swiss artist Dan Acher created a replica of the Northern Lights by way of high-powered lasers.

Visual of Bobbing Trees in Rotterdam

Bobbing Trees in Rotterdam

When you think about a tree, you image it growing on land. Though the team of Mothership wanted to challenge this image by creating the Bobbing Forest in Rotterdam.

Visual of Edible Crops Grown in Martian Soil

Edible Crops Grown in Martian Soil

Scientists at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, grew edible crops in Martian soil.

Visual of Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

The first self-sufficient luminous bike lane opened last week in Poland.

Visual of Moscow Spent $1.3M for a Day of Sunshine

Moscow Spent $1.3M for a Day of Sunshine

$1.3 million will be spent on dispersing clouds over Moscow for the May 1 holiday.

Visual of Next Paradise

Next Paradise

To celebrate the 500 year anniversary for Hieronymus Bosch, Studio Smack made a contemporary interpretation of 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights'.

Visual of Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Prolonged exposure to artificial light prevents urban trees from adjusting to seasonal variations.

Visual of 'Thinking Soil' Will Change the Way We Build

'Thinking Soil' Will Change the Way We Build

Self-constructing foundation thanks to genetically modified microbes.

Visual of Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is …

Visual of Obsolete Presence

Obsolete Presence

Our peculiar object in these summer weeks is a sculpture by Aram Bartholl, made for the Odyssey expo in Arnsberg.

Visual of Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

The biggest artificial sun was set up in Germany to find out how carbon neutral fuel can be produced.

Visual of Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic leaf fertilizes crops to make them weigh 150 percent more

Visual of A Whole Forest on a Surface Area of 3.5m2

A Whole Forest on a Surface Area of 3.5m2

Using moss cultures, the "CityTree" captures and filters toxic pollutants from the air, with the same environmental impact of 275 trees.

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

We asked Sandra Rey, our third ECO Coin Award nominee, about her company Glowee and her hopes for illuminating the future in a more sustainable way.

Visual of Will Kites Provide Wind Energy in the Future?

Will Kites Provide Wind Energy in the Future?

If you’ve watched clouds roll by, you know wind moves more steadily in the upper atmosphere. Turbines just can’t reach high-altitude wind energy. Kites can!

Visual of Meet the Emoji Snake

Meet the Emoji Snake

Python breeder designed emoji snake.

Visual of Refreezing the Arctic

Refreezing the Arctic

A team of scientists developed a peculiar strategy to counter the Arctic ice melting.

Visual of Rent a Rain Room

Rent a Rain Room

Rent a rain room with simulated rain with a motion sensor to go through the rain without getting wet.

Visual of New Tree Species Found Only in Dubai

New Tree Species Found Only in Dubai

A cellphone antenna tree with an empty billboard and a tiny label that reads: Media 24/7.

Visual of Building a City on Mars by 2117

Building a City on Mars by 2117

The United Arab Emirates released plans to build a city on Mars.

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

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 …

Visual of Discover the 3D printed Dutch Island that doesn't exist on Google Maps

Discover the 3D printed Dutch Island that doesn't exist on Google Maps

Natuurmonumenten, the Dutch Society for Nature Conservation, is constructing a future nature reserve.

Visual of Sandra Rey wins ECO Coin Award

Sandra Rey wins ECO Coin Award

This year we are proud to announce that, with her ambitious work within the field of bioluminescence for Glowee, Sandra Rey is the ECO Coin Award 2017 winner.

Visual of The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

Arches National Park, located in Utah, is home to some of America's most beautiful rock formations. The most famous of them, Delicate Arch, has always been, well, pretty delicate. So much so that back in the 1940s, park rangers hatched a plan to preserve the natural monument - by coating it in plastic.

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 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".

Visual of Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Energy-backed money could help transition humanity to a more sustainable world, both environmentally and economically.

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Unseen 2018: When Records Melt

Your Next Nature guide to Unseen 2018: When Records Melt

Images largely shape our experience of reality. Just consider how imagery of nature continues to rise in popularity: only a society no longer grounded in their natural landscape …

Visual of Exploring Next Nature (2004)

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 …

Visual of WiFi-enabled Ambient Rabbit

WiFi-enabled Ambient Rabbit

There may even come a moment that our connection with an industrially manufactured coke bottle may be richer and more mythical that our relation with a genetically analysed and …

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 The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The meat in the supermarket is abstract, square and habitually made from wickedly manufactured animals. A friend once told me he only eats meat if he "can not recognize the animal …

Visual of DNA Synthesizer

DNA Synthesizer

Playing God? – "We are not playing..." After having seen this TED talk by Craig Venter , I came across a cynical yet clarifying comic (etcgroup.org) on his plans to build a new …

Visual of My Fetal Pony:  Neoteny in Girls' Toys

My Fetal Pony: Neoteny in Girls' Toys

It's no secret that Mickey Mouse has evolved in response to consumer pressures. Once a violent river-rat, he became the boy scout of rodents with good looks to match. Steven Jay …

Visual of (Nano)technology imitating Nature

(Nano)technology imitating Nature

Over the coming years, nanotechnology will invade our everyday lives. Nanotechnology, usually defined as the control and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, will be …

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 Google Sheep View

Google Sheep View

The Faroe Islands invented Google Sheep View 360.

Visual of Growing Drones From Chemicals

Growing Drones From Chemicals

Researchers are experimenting with a new technology that would be able to grow drones from chemical compounds.

Visual of On the origin of the e-bike

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 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 Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

You’ve probably heard how Virtual Reality (VR) is going to change everything: the way we work, the way we live, the way we play. Still, for every truly transformative technology, …

Visual of Kiss — the panda

Kiss — the panda

Visual of City Lobster

City Lobster

Interactive animation by Nobodyhere.

Visual of A mouse can scare the cat away

A mouse can scare the cat away

Animal Nextnature! Using an animal as part of your lego creation. A 'behaviour block' can track the behaviour of the animal inside. This behavior is the nused to drive the Lego …

Visual of ALAVs

ALAVs

They make whale-like sounds, they feed, float and flock: Autonomous Light Air Vessels. video | alavs.com

Visual of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

by Richard Brautigan (1968) I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammels and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure …

Visual of Animatus

Animatus

A new series of works by artist Hyungkoo Lee called "Animatus" features hand-fabricated skeletons of cartoon characters along with detailed anatomical drawings. According to the …

Visual of Avian Android

Avian Android

Sculpture, android bird's voices, a mechanical reconstruction of organic life-forms, electronically controlled by Judith Fegerl Taking „The Chinese Nightingale", a tale of Hans …

Visual of Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Nowadays, young children are so used to the omnipresence of disposable toys. When their parents buy them a living pet animal they are unable to take care of it. Hamster tend to …

Visual of Beach animals

Beach animals

Theo Jansen makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. He wants to put these "animals" out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives. strandbeest

Visual of Beaver 2.0

Beaver 2.0

Visual of Child Care Robot

Child Care Robot

NEC corporation is developping a "Childcare Robot PaPeRo" capable to play with and watch over children. The Childcare Robot is capable of recognizing and verbally communicating …

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 Dog Design

Dog Design

Highly designed pet products—

Visual of Entry 2006 exhibition opened

Entry 2006 exhibition opened

Today the Entry 2006 exhibition opened in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. For 100 days 'perspectives and visions in design' with over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries …

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 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 Everyday robots

Everyday robots

A beautifull movie about robots in everyday life. Made by 1st Avenue Machine. Watch the Quicktime here

Visual of Featherless Chicken

Featherless Chicken

Behold the featherless chicken, created by Scientists at the genetics faculty at the Rehovot Agronomy Institute near Tel Aviv, Israel. The idea behind the development of this …

Visual of Furniture comes to life

Furniture comes to life

When a dog walks, the leg that is put forward, is simultaniously followed by the diagonal-opposite leg (f.e. left/back+right/front or right/back+left/front). Wouter Scheublin …

Visual of Glamourdog

Glamourdog

All the clothing for your dog companion: Dresses, sweaters, shoes, sportswear, jewellery, etc. Why do people dress up their animal? www.glamourdog.com

Visual of GloFish

GloFish

  A tropical fish that fluoresces bright red is set to become the first genetically modified pet to go on sale in the US. Alan Blake and colleagues at Yorktown Technologies …

Visual of Hoax Dragon