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Visual of Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

Should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares? Welcome to …

Visual of Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Exhibition Fungal Futures: design with mushrooms.

Visual of Should men be able to give birth to children?

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Within a few years, it may be possible for premature babies to grow inside an artificial womb. And when that day arrives, should men be able to give birth to children? Should we …

Visual of Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

For the closing event of Reprodutopia , a true meeting of minds took place as we discussed the social implications surrounding the future of reproductive technologies. Multiple …

Visual of LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

LowLine Puts Park Beneath New York

Deep below bustling, noisy Delancy Street in Manhattan lies the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, a building abandoned in 1948. This terminal is just one of many tunnels and …

Visual of POND: A symphony of lights and water

POND: A symphony of lights and water

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

Visual of A button that tells your boss you're unhappy

A button that tells your boss you're unhappy

With gyms closed and millions cooped up and restless at home, it’s little wonder that “healthtech” is now being billed as the next big battleground over which the likes of …

Visual of How to design your future family

How to design your future family

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

Visual of Low Income Homes in Mexico

Low Income Homes in Mexico

Utopian Suburbia? More amazing aerial pictures at imagenesaereasdemexico.com .

Visual of Aquada

Aquada

Oh yes, it's a car alright! A High Speed Amphibian . Simply press a button and drive into the water. The wheels automatically rise and as you press the accelerator nearly a tonne …

Visual of Michelangelo's David After his Stay in the US

Michelangelo's David After his Stay in the US

I got this in my email from my uncle who lives in Australia. "After a short stay in America, David returns to Italy" . You know what's coming before you even open the picture. …

Visual of Aging Barbie

Aging Barbie

You wouldn't give it to her but Barbie is already over 50 years old. The doll made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in  1959 and has been a young girls (and gays) …

Visual of Ecology Safari

Ecology Safari

Peculiar holiday of the week.

Visual of Don’t feed the Tourists

Don’t feed the Tourists

We could have decided to domesticate pigs into pets, instead of dogs and cats. Then this would be a totally normal picture. And it wouldn’t be featured here as peculiar image. © …

Visual of Go forth, Buy a Smartphone and Reproduce Thyself

Go forth, Buy a Smartphone and Reproduce Thyself

It took some years of evolution to turn sex (between different sexes) from a stricly functional activity attuned to reproduction, into the recreational activity it is primarily …

Visual of Traffic Jam Celebration

Traffic Jam Celebration

On this day (Saturday May 29th 2010), the Dutch nation takes pride in celebrating their first real traffic jam. During the pentecost weekend in 1955, a mass exodus of a tribe of …

Visual of X-Ray Visions

X-Ray Visions

Anyone who ever saw an x-ray picture of himself will probably recognise the uncanny feeling of staring at your own skull or bones and being confronted by one of nature’s grim …

Visual of Beyond Recognition @ Sameheads Gallery, Berlin

Beyond Recognition @ Sameheads Gallery, Berlin

Coming saturday, your faithful Next Nature editor/designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink will perform Beyond Recognition – a corporate poem about the image of words , at Sameheads Gallery …

Visual of Pump My Ride

Pump My Ride

Lovely image of a really fat car by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm . This image is for a Belgian eco-awareness campaign.

Visual of What Happens After Happily Ever After

What Happens After Happily Ever After

It’s good to know that also our favorite fairy tale creatures have their bad days, awkward moments and do not always fit the perfect picture that we created for them. Via Who …

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 Electrically Powered Vintage Beetle

Electrically Powered Vintage Beetle

Indulges your progressive nostalgic lifestyle. Peculiar image of the week. Spotted with NextNature iPhone App in Amsterdam.

Visual of Nature Disappears from Childrens' Books

Nature Disappears from Childrens' Books

In an analysis of Caldecott Medal winning children's books, sociologist Allen Williams recently discovered that depictions of nature  have dramatically declined  from 1938 to …

Visual of Prada Morgana

Prada Morgana

Just image if style would be a primary need.

Visual of Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

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

Visual of From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

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

Visual of Lego Minifigs Will Take Over The Planet By 2019

Lego Minifigs Will Take Over The Planet By 2019

Imagine the devastation when there are more Lego minifigs on Earth than humans...

Visual of Modern Cave Painting

Modern Cave Painting

Primitive man lived in caves. He used the surface of these caves as a canvas (*) to make representations of the things that surrounded him: animals and hunting, stories of magic …

Visual of How modern sanitation gave us polio

How modern sanitation gave us polio

For most of history, poliomyelitis was a relatively unremarkable disease – it caused paralysis and occasionally death, but only in a tiny fraction of those infected. It was …

Visual of In Suburbia Anything Can Happen

In Suburbia Anything Can Happen

Without social bonds and solidarity, anything can and does happen: a small house surrounded by new big buildings.

Visual of Bees to the Rescue of Their Queen

Bees to the Rescue of Their Queen

Thousands of bees chased a Welsh woman's car for two days looking for their queen.

Visual of eHighway: a Fossil-Free Alternative

eHighway: a Fossil-Free Alternative

Sweden hosts the World's first electric highway for trucks, giving hope for the future of fossil free transportation.

Visual of Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator, and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop a new app designed to promote safer driving.

Visual of A Village Made of Plastic

A Village Made of Plastic

A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

Visual of Walk, Talk and Get Paid

Walk, Talk and Get Paid

As the digital age makes people more lonely, Chuck McCarthy created a service to walk with strangers.

Visual of Carpooling into the Future

Carpooling into the Future

American company Ideo has taken the essence of on-demand economy at heart, presenting a vehicle with detail-designed services for the future of carpooling.

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

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

Visual of The End of Air-Conditioning

The End of Air-Conditioning

New heat-reflective material signs the end of air-conditioning use.

Visual of From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0

From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0

Warehouse management practices and processes evolved with the time, but they’ll need to maintain their adaptability to accommodate Industry 4.0.

Visual of Solar Powered Electric Cars

Solar Powered Electric Cars

The sun sustains our planetary system. Its energy fuels life. And in the future, the sun will also fuel our cars. That’s the premise of Dutch startup Lightyear, a startup specialized in solar powered electric cars.

Visual of Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Toilet paper for smartphones now on offer at Japanese airport.

Visual of The Water-Cleaning Bike

The Water-Cleaning Bike

How about a peddling ride accompanied by the sound of babbling water, with the awareness that what you are leaving behind is nothing else but clean water?

Visual of Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

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

Visual of How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile …

Visual of ReTuna: the Shopping Mall Selling Nothing but Recycled Products

ReTuna: the Shopping Mall Selling Nothing but Recycled Products

A Swedish shopping center is bucking the trend of mindless consumption. At the ReTuna Återbruksgalleria every product is made of recycled materials.

Visual of 299 trees grow in a football stadium

299 trees grow in a football stadium

Some centuries ago landscape painters taught us to appreciate the quality of an untouched landscape. Ever since we have been doing everything to recreate it. We camouflage cell …

Visual of Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Transforming the way we travel is an essential part of tackling the climate crisis. The transport sector contributes about 20% of global carbon emissions . In the UK the figure is …

Visual of A guide to parenting with AI Barbie

A guide to parenting with AI Barbie

The rise of artificial intelligence has brought us more advanced toys. If AI Barbie and her talking robotic friends are going to raise our kids, what would their parenting style …

Visual of Mediamatic offers a quarantine-approved dinner date

Mediamatic offers a quarantine-approved dinner date

Dinner for two, please! Well we didn't expect to say that in a while. Luckily our friends at Mediamatic are working on an innovative solution. Their 'Serres Séparées' dinner dates …

Visual of Swiping is the new touching

Swiping is the new touching

From all the memes that have reached me through my screen since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, there is one that perfectly reflects my thoughts in the beginning of March …

Visual of Why your pets can't spread the coronavirus

Why your pets can't spread the coronavirus

A Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong grabbed the international media’s attention this week after scientists found traces of coronavirus in the canine. Following confirmation that the …

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 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 Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

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

Visual of 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 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 Dashboard Tree

Dashboard Tree

What is that growing on my car dashboard? Is that a tree? Indeed, Ford and Honda's next-generation dashboard instrument clusters feature trees (a vine in Ford's case) that grow …

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 Organic Coca-Cola

Organic Coca-Cola

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

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 Paradise Now

Paradise Now

Animation studios working in the field of architectural practice like Squint/Opera create glimpses of the future that are so beautifully convincing, you sometimes wonder if the …

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 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 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 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 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 Escaped Pet Birds Teach Wild Cockatoos how to Talk

Escaped Pet Birds Teach Wild Cockatoos how to Talk

In some parts of Australia it is no exception to hear voices when there are no people near. The voices are the chatter of wild cockatoos that where taught words and sentences from escaped domesticated cockatoos.

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 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 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 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 Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

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

Visual of 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 Geodesign

Geodesign

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

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 Artificial Island Dubai

Artificial Island Dubai

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

Visual of Artificial island Dubai #2

Artificial island Dubai #2

On the second day, Dubai created the world...

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 Biomimicmarketing

Biomimicmarketing

The sciences of biomimicry studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs to solve human problems: Culture imitates nature. The Black&Decker …

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 Dog Design

Dog Design

Highly designed pet products—

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 Kernwasser Wonderland

Kernwasser Wonderland

The construction of this nucleair powerplant near Kalkar (DE) started in 1973. After the build was finished, in 1991 it was decided not to use it for political reasons. The …

Visual of Tree traffic light

Tree traffic light

Funded and produced by the Public Art Commissions Agency. On roundabout just beyond the Canary Wharf estate there are three trees, two are London planes; the third is a traffic …

Visual of Cellphone Treemasts

Cellphone Treemasts

Mobile phone operators go to extraordinary lengths to conceal the masts that form their networks. They are being disguised as chimneys, clocks, drainpipes, telegraph poles, and …

Visual of Tropical Dome

Tropical Dome

The largest indoor beach in Europe, near Berlin. www.my-tropical-islands.com

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 Arnolds Hybrid Hummer

Arnolds Hybrid Hummer

Sure, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Mr Nextnature avant la lettre, but since the man cruises in a hybrid hummer , he is the living evidence that nextnature can be supportive …

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 Ferrari Tomato

Ferrari Tomato

Do you happen to know the Dutch Tomatoes? They look like Ferrari's and taste like shit. They are redder, rounder, larger, and maybe even healthier than the ones from our gardens. …

Visual of Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

See also: How to grow a Heinz Bottle , Ferrari Tomato

Visual of Evolution

Evolution

Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

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

Visual of Fake for Real: Image Consumption

Fake for Real: Image Consumption

Hey! That muddy, greasy burger on my plate isn't the firm, fresh, delicious one I picked out from the advertisements above the counter, is it? I vividly remember my first visit to …

Visual of Fake for Real: Is that coffee you're drinking?

Fake for Real: Is that coffee you're drinking?

Creating the perfect cup of espresso used to be an art form in itself. The beans had to be ground to exactly the right coarseness and the water pressure precisely controlled to …

Visual of Fake for Real: Phone Trees

Fake for Real: Phone Trees

For a long time in the history of painting, the landscape functioned merely as a backdrop for people, buildings or symbols. But in the 17th century, artists started making …

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 Fake for Real: Virtual Miss

Fake for Real: Virtual Miss

Which of these women do you think is more beautiful? At the 2002 Miss Germany pageant, the eight finalists were photographed from the same angle without makeup. The portraits were …

Visual of Generative graffiti

Generative graffiti

Here 's a work by Theodore Watson (Amsterdam) on the face of the Maritime Hotel (New York) The particles are attracted to one another but will repel away from the non-lit windows. …

Visual of Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Google Video is no longer in operation. Sorry for the inconvenience "It's a high form of masturbation" A RealDoll is a realistic life-size sex doll that cost more than an average …

Visual of Modernistic Vaginas

Modernistic Vaginas

The influence of modernism and its trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve, and reshape the world, along with its clear universal style of …

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 Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

It is true, they are rare, but they do exist: girls with tiny waists and large breasts. Occasionally, women are simply born like this. The only problem they have - in a world …

Visual of One RC to rule them all..

One RC to rule them all..

As our lives become more and more controlled by devices, we need ways to control them all. The pultius is the answer.

Visual of Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips hits the shops with a product that aims to naturalize alarm clocks. The annoying buzzing machines were once invented to cultivate our day/night rhythms, formerly connected …

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 Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium X , the first zoo for artificial life, approaches robots very much in the way as we are used to look at life in old nature. We, humans, enjoy watching and studying …

Visual of The things we design end up designing us

The things we design end up designing us

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

Visual of Trash People

Trash People

In 246 BC, a Chinese emperor - Qin Shi Huangdi - desired an army that could accompany him on his quest in the land of the dead. With the help of 700.000 craftsmen, he created the …

Visual of Pet dreamhouse

Pet dreamhouse

Anyone can build the house of their dreams via scaryideas.com The previous images are of course created for commercial purposes, but just take a look at the domestics below and …

Visual of I'm feeling lucky

I'm feeling lucky

A 21-leaf clover discovered on June 3 by Iwate prefecture farmer Shigeo Obara has shattered the Guinness world record for most leaves on a clover stem ( Trifolium repens L. ). The …

Visual of Back to Nature?

Back to Nature?

Now this is how you do it. First you take the meat of a hundred animals; chickens (19%), turkeys (17%). Secondly, you blend them in a large tank with water, mais, wheat, oil, fat, …

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 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 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 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 Earth As Seen Fom Earth

Earth As Seen Fom Earth

Peculiar Image of the Week. See also: Earthrise on Youtube , World View .

Visual of Evolution always finds a way

Evolution always finds a way

Two middle class cars molded into one luxurious limousine. Created by Ahmet Ögüt . See also Waves of Asphalt , Interchange , On the Road , Sexy Car .

Visual of Find Brain, replace with GPS

Find Brain, replace with GPS

So far, over-dependence on GPS devices has resulted in more inconvenience than actual danger, but earlier a U.K. woman sent her £96k Mercedes flying into a river, trusting the …

Visual of Flatscreen TV Now Required for Survival?

Flatscreen TV Now Required for Survival?

GRONINGEN (NL) – Low-income people in the Dutch city Groningen should be able to buy a flatscreen television, according to the alderman of social affairs Peter Verschuren. The …

Visual of For those who don't drink whiskey...

For those who don't drink whiskey...

Visual of Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.

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 Human Nature as Pathology

Human Nature as Pathology

Modern society seems to have transformed human nature into a pathology. Our emotions are controlled by drugs. We are forced to operate within a narrow bandwith of what are …

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 Interchange

Interchange

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

Visual of It came out of the Sea

It came out of the Sea

A giant, smiling Lego man has been fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model. "We saw something bobbing …

Visual of Just right for the garden: Mini-Cow

Just right for the garden: Mini-Cow

Rising supermarket prices are persuading hundreds of families to turn their back gardens into mini-ranches stocked with miniature cattle. For between £200 and £2,000, people can …

Visual of Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Fifteen policemen rushed to the scene, after a couple reported to have bumped into a "corpse" while out walking their dog in a mountain forest in Izu, central Japan. The officers …

Visual of Man charged for shooting his lawn-mower

Man charged for shooting his lawn-mower

A 56-year-old man from the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin has been arrested after shooting his lawn mower in his garden because it would not start. The man was charged by police …

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 Next natural disaster

Next natural disaster

Peculiar Image of the week. Via LA Times .

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 Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Did you know there are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones? Plastic flamingos are widely considered to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch – the American's …

Visual of Power Ivy

Power Ivy

Cochran’s sustainable design group, SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) came up with a project called GROW. It's an Ivy-like covering of a building that generates …

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 Puppy Bag

Puppy Bag

Wherever you go, always carry your puppy with you. In the category 'absurd-products-that-show-our-consumptive-attitude-towards-animals'. Buy one here , or here . See also: Catbag …

Visual of Religion now made easier

Religion now made easier

Poster created by Selby Gildemacher/Piek!

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 Shopping for deer

Shopping for deer

Gary Barwin – unsurprisingly from Canada – created this image in response to this weeks peculiar image . The good man even went on and wrote a little poem with it. Yes dear …

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 The First Pregnant Man

The First Pregnant Man

At first I thought this first pregnant man was a hoax, but after I saw it on Oprah I realized it must be 'real'. Well, the pregnant man is actually a former woman who had a sex …

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 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 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 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 A Future Love Story

A Future Love Story

By MARCEL VAN DER DRIFT. Ten years from now, a cell phone gently sinks to the bottom of the river. It's one of the latest models. The clever design, trendy colours and nifty …

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 Beauty kit for little girls

Beauty kit for little girls

Plastic fantastic starts at an early age. Created by Pleix . Related: Photoshop Beauties , Software that ranks female beauty , Virtual Miss , Natural Breasts .

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 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 Children's Dictionary Dumps 'Nature' Words

Children's Dictionary Dumps 'Nature' Words

To make way for modern tech terms such as BlackBerry, blog, voicemail and broadband, the latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary has opted to drop terms pertaining to old …

Visual of City life

City life

Nice collages on city life by the artist Peter Funch .

Visual of Clean linen toilet spray

Clean linen toilet spray

So what to think of this? A toilet spray that mimics the smell of clean linen. It is great in the beginning, yet in time your bed will smell like a toilet. Found in the futuristic …

Visual of Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Perhaps in the long run, historians will consider this as the official end of modernity as we knew it: The comeback of the wonky cucumber, abnormally bent banana, and comedy …

Visual of Conversations at the doctor

Conversations at the doctor

A mother takes her sick child to the doctor. Who, after careful investigation, concludes the child has a 'virus infection'. The kid is offended and shouts: "But Doctor! I am not a …

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 Energy Saving Chandelier

Energy Saving Chandelier

I deem you have to be over sixty to have an object with so many historical layers of media in your house. Let's analyze. We are looking at a chandelier in which the candle …

Visual of Eruption

Eruption

Peculiar image of the week by Jacek Yerka .

Visual of Feeding the world: oh not organic

Feeding the world: oh not organic

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

Visual of 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 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 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 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 How biotech will drive our evolution

How biotech will drive our evolution

Are you ready for some techno-optimism? Buckle up and enjoy the ride with bio-tech evangelist Gregory Stock . Some quotes from his prophetic TED talk : "We are seizing control of …

Visual of How to Grow your Own Toaster

How to Grow your Own Toaster

Now here is an experiment any one can do at home: Look around in your house and try to find a consumer product of which you know where it was made and by whom. Got any? Indeed, …

Visual of I'm loving it

I'm loving it

Sometimes you just need to settle with the surrogate. Peculiar image of the week. See also (in the baby series): Infant pillow , We are all born in a world . Thanks Hendrik-Jan .

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 Let the robots do the teaching

Let the robots do the teaching

"Upon returning to class after the Golden Week holidays, students at a Tokyo elementary school were delighted to find their teacher had been replaced by a robot. The talking …

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 McTsunami

McTsunami

Peculiar image of the week by Tokyo Genso .

Visual of Mikel Uribetxeberria

Mikel Uribetxeberria

Beautiful images by Mikel Uribetxeberria, I think that he also made videos out of this work. Or I saw something exactly like it in a gallery in Chelsea. Gimme more

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 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 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 Nocturnal Life of Diurnal Birds

Nocturnal Life of Diurnal Birds

English Robins are forced to sing their song during the night. Not because they have figured out that music just sounds better in the dark, but because they can't compete with the …

Visual of Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

Created by  Alex Sandwell Kliszynsk . Via Posthuman blues .

Visual of Orthorexia Nervosa: the

Orthorexia Nervosa: the "healthy" eating disorder

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

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 Platanus Guerilla

Platanus Guerilla

In this simple but effective guerilla poster action by Moiré , stacks and pillars were disguised as sycamore trees to give the streets of Tokyo that ever so natural look. …

Visual of Post-apocalypse religious artifact

Post-apocalypse religious artifact

Image by: V. V. Kalininski.

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 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 Rubber Duck XL

Rubber Duck XL

This gigantic rubber duck was created by artist Florentijn Hofman and is currently traveling around the world. Unsure how the over-sized bird is related to our explorations in …

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 The Biodegradable Credit Card

The Biodegradable Credit Card

No question about it, Americans have an overconsumption problem. The total outstanding balance of bank-issued credit cards per consumer was $5,710 in December 2008, according to …

Visual of The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

GPS is not the most easiest product to advertise. Jeep uses biomimicmarketing to bring the message across. In this advertising campaign an iconic arrow is comprised by images of …

Visual of This way for Survival

This way for Survival

Culture fakes nature? An ultralight plane piloted by an Operation Migration team member is guiding whooping cranes from Wisconsin to their winter nesting grounds in Florida. For …

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 WakeUp light tested on Roosters

WakeUp light tested on Roosters

://nextnature.net I tend to think of the Philips Wake Up Light as a product of missed opportunity: Good concept, implementation too cheap and illustrative. Especially the crappy …

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 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 You Are What You Eat, part II

You Are What You Eat, part II

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

Visual of A tree guarding trees

A tree guarding trees

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

Visual of Adam and Eve enjoying their Apple™

Adam and Eve enjoying their Apple™

Kiss the snake, eat the fruit. Different fruit, same principle? Nature changes along with us. Our peculiar image of the week was created for the Economist alongside the very …

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 American Power

American Power

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

Visual of Another Happy Family

Another Happy Family

How could you ever be an anthropomorphobic after you've seen this peculiar image of the week. Thanks Maze .

Visual of Beware of the Virtual Squirrels

Beware of the Virtual Squirrels

Kasey McMahon and Derek Doublin demonstrate the tension between people and their environment through the eyes of its non-human inhabitants. Beware of the Virtual Squirrels ! The …

Visual of Augmented Reality Maps

Augmented Reality Maps

Since a few years the internet in combination with mobile phone technology brought us something that we refer to as augmented reality : A digital projection that is placed over …

Visual of Bird + Subwoofer

Bird + Subwoofer

The Bell Isle Zoo is one of the examples of the decay of the once great city of Detroit. Situated on an island in the Fleming Channel, the zoo was shut down years ago because of …

Visual of Bread-in-a-Can

Bread-in-a-Can

This morning I woke up early and started the day with a cup of coffee and some slices of wholewheat bread and dutch cheese. I realised that bread is one of these few products that …

Visual of Car Skin

Car Skin

Our peculiar image of the week was created by artist Olaf Mooij . Seen at Discovery Festivals Cabinet of Curiosities .

Visual of Coke Mutation

Coke Mutation

We're unsure on the survival prospects of this oddly mutated Coca-Pepsi-Cola can. This could be the ultimate coke - if only the current species could interbreed. Peculiar image of …

Visual of Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

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

Visual of Dog Modding in China

Dog Modding in China

As a child, I already saw some great tiger potential in my cat and some shark-ish attitude in the behaviour of my goldfish. Personally, I think that since we started domesticating …

Visual of Douglas Coupland: A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years

Douglas Coupland: A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years

Douglas Coupland is a writer and artist based in Vancouver. For the canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, he wrote The ‘radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years’ a dystopian …

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 Drive in Wheel

Drive in Wheel

The Drive in Wheel is an unique and spectacular giant wheel made especially for cars. The wheel is 100 feet high and takes four cars on one trip. City sightseeing has never been …

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 Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

In Holland people go crazy for soccer, especially now that the national team has reached the World Cup final. We gather everything that's orange – our shirt color – as the …

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 Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

No birds or airliners where hurt in the making of our peculiar image of the week. The perceived mingling of the birds and the airplane is in fact an optical effect, masking the …

Visual of From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

Nature demanded that we make a choice between immortality and sex, but the Next Nature of the 21st century may not. For help, we can look back to the 20th Century, which had many …

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 Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but now we wonder what this keeps away, the Grapple , a hyperfruit that "Grunches like an Apple. Tastes like a Grape." The …

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 In Pursuit of Artificial Flavoring

In Pursuit of Artificial Flavoring

Following in the footsteps of a Marco Polo-esque spice trade, next nature explorers Jon Cohrs and Ryan Van Luit travel by canoe past massive cargo ships and factories in search of …

Visual of Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

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

Visual of 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 Logo landscape

Logo landscape

As you walk through the corporate jungle you notice that it is a hectic place, but sometimes it can be quiet and peaceful. Then you'll see pumas next to crocodiles and bunny …

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 Milk comes from Bottles

Milk comes from Bottles

Milk is good for you and we all should drink lots of it. Common knowledge so far, but do you actually know where milk comes from? Supermarket? Factories? Luckily this milk …

Visual of Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax

Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax

Surely we are quite attuned to some unexpected flavors in these quarters, but this Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax wins our syncretic mash-up award for combining technorethoric …

Visual of Nano Supermarket Opens its Doors

Nano Supermarket Opens its Doors

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

Visual of Nature 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 #2: Being There

Next Nature Movie #2: Being There

The main character in ‘Being There’ (1979) is a simple-minded gardener named Chance, played brilliantly by Peter Sellars, who has spent all his life as a servant in the Washington …

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 Oil Diet: Recipes for Disaster

Oil Diet: Recipes for Disaster

Do you know how much oil you use per day? Neither did director John Webster. In 2005 he decided to make a documentary about oil from his own families perspective. How would it be …

Visual of Onion Pill

Onion Pill

Since the intake of medicines has become a mundane ritual nowadays, why not naturalize the interface? French artist Mathieu Lehanneur is rethinking the pill-person interface in …

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 The Stray Shopping Cart Project

The Stray Shopping Cart Project

"Until now, the major obstacle that has prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been that we have not had any formalized language to differentiate …

Visual of Toy Emissions

Toy Emissions

You know the HeHe collective from their laser projection on a power plant emission cloud . But did you know these folks have a real emission clouds fetish going on? In this …

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 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 Wiiron

Wiiron

Gets your cloths 'virtually' unwrinkled. Peculiar object of the week.

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 A day made of glass

A day made of glass

This video shows the design vision of Corning, a company that specializes in glass. Not just any glass, but glass incorporating technology, electronics and displays. And it sure …

Visual of Arbores Laetae

Arbores Laetae

Parks becomes fairground attractions? Maybe they have been all the time. This intriguing park design by architecture-firm-beyond-praise Diller Scofidio + Renfro seems (who we all …

Visual of Billboard in the Forest

Billboard in the Forest

Unfortunately your forest experience does not meet the highest standards at this moment. We are working on a solution and hope to resolve this issue very soon. Our sincere …

Visual of Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

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

Visual of 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 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 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 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 Feel-o-Meter Feels for a Whole City

Feel-o-Meter Feels for a Whole City

In cities across Germany, Big Brother looks like a smiley face. The Fühlometer, a piece by Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus, and Richard Wilhelmer, uses security cameras and …

Visual of Ghosts with Shit Jobs

Ghosts with Shit Jobs

This trailer for the mockumentary Ghost With Shit Jobs shows a could-be-future in which the role of the West and the East is reversed. Very good timing I would say. More on: …

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 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 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 Nano Supermarket in Amsterdam

Nano Supermarket in Amsterdam

From Friday 28 January - Wednesday 2 Februari the Nano Supermarket will be opened at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Additionally, on the 27th of January we will be opened at the …

Visual of Nano Supermarket @ TEDx

Nano Supermarket @ TEDx

Last week our NANO Supermarket was presented at TEDxBrainport in Eindhoven. A good opportunity to show some of our speculative nano products and explain a bit of the why & how …

Visual of Nature will Remember

Nature will Remember

In this commercial, the sheep knows that the Peugeot has been made dirty by the splashing mud. Then it proceeds by cleaning it. Slogan: Nature will remember. We know that this …

Visual of Planes of Existence

Planes of Existence

Peculiar image of the week, by Mattijn Franssen .

Visual of Selective Shopping

Selective Shopping

In a cheerful attempt to investigate and subvert the image consumption power structures of the contemporary supermarket , designer Marco Ugolini and photographer Pedro Motta went …

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 Sympathy for the Device

Sympathy for the Device

Tweenbots are small robots that depend on the kindness of strangers. They are only able to move straight forward and do this constantly. Once they get stuck in a hole or at a …

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 The Real Coming to America

The Real Coming to America

Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker's documentary ' God Grew Tired of Us ' tells the odyssey of four boys from Sudan who embark on a journey to America after years of wandering …

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 Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

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

Visual of Urban Birds

Urban Birds

It's been known for a while that birds increase their singing volume to make themselves heard in the big city, but recent studies show that the city birds might even be evolving …

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 Virtual Offline Shopping

Virtual Offline Shopping

As the second most hardest working people on this planet, Koreans obviously dread their weekly shopping for groceries. It is therefore that Home Plus (Tesco in Europe) plastered …

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 Vroem

Vroem

A flock of planes taking off, by Ho-Yeol Ryu. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of When Siri met Siri…

When Siri met Siri…

Like with pets and babies, we seem to like it when devices mimic our behaviour and social patterns. In the process of domesticating technology, we teach products to behave like …

Visual of A Winery in your Microwave

A Winery in your Microwave

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

Visual of Annual Meeting of Time Travellers

Annual Meeting of Time Travellers

Appropriated from the blogosphere by NextNature.net. Peculiar image of the week.

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 Close Personal Friend

Close Personal Friend

You may want to spend 24-minutes on this Close Personal Friend. Made in 1996, this film anticipates contemporary phenomena like social media and self-branding.

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 Dumpster Fish the Future of Farming

Dumpster Fish the Future of Farming

Cities have seen guerilla gardens, rooftop honey production, and fire escape chicken coops. Now, urban farmers may be adding aquaculture to the mix. Headed by ex-banker …

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 Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

The Kitchen Meat Incubator does for home cooking what the electronic synthesizer did for the home musician. It provides its users with a set of pre-programmed samples that can be …

Visual of Enjoy Udder Milk

Enjoy Udder Milk

Imaginary infomercial on the hypernatural udder cows, optimized for milk production

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

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

Visual of Featured Page #02: Google Nature

Featured Page #02: Google Nature

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . This week the second one in this series: Google Nature. Imagine you are an …

Visual of Featured Page #04: The McWorld Map

Featured Page #04: The McWorld Map

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . This week a tool that encourages us to experience local specialties through …

Visual of Fresh Meat in the Overdrive

Fresh Meat in the Overdrive

Some reactions from people shopping when they see how fresh their meat is.

Visual of Frying Nemo

Frying Nemo

Image consumption in the overdrive. Peculiar image of the week. Created by Erin Murphy, Victoria Bellavia, Yong Jun Lee & Sanggun Park . Thanks Jeroen van der Meij.

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 Herons Eat at the Local Snack Bar

Herons Eat at the Local Snack Bar

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

Visual of How People spend their Day

How People spend their Day

The layers in this visualization represent an average of how thousands of Americans spent their day

Visual of Hybrid Hummer

Hybrid Hummer

There is something lustrous about a hummer pulled by horses. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Ice Cream Cones Made from Ice Cream, and Other Wikicells

Ice Cream Cones Made from Ice Cream, and Other Wikicells

Plastic is a part of the earth's ecosystem , but it's a part that no one wants. At Harvard, scientists are looking to replace single-use plastic bottles, plates, and cups with …

Visual of Inside the Fastfood

Inside the Fastfood "Photokitchen"

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

Visual of 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 Nano Product: Glo-Doo

Nano Product: Glo-Doo

Dog feces are an unsightly blemish on city streets. With Glo-Doo, dog food laced with bioluminescent bacteria transforms each pile into an appealing way to light up the night. As …

Visual of Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

Will this soon be public disease number one?

Visual of Pikachu Pussy

Pikachu Pussy

The pursuit of the cute: Pokemon Hypernature . Please don't try this at home with your own kittens, dear intelligent readers. Luckily our peculiar image of the week is digitally …

Visual of Playing with Your Food (Industry)

Playing with Your Food (Industry)

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

Visual of Portal to the Internets

Portal to the Internets

Is this progressively nostalgic telephone booth the smallest internet café in Asia,  an exit from the Matrix, or did Dr. Who just get his car pimped? You say! Peculiar picture …

Visual of Rainbow Roses

Rainbow Roses

We spotted these hypernatural rainbow roses at the train station in Utrecht . Indeed they look a bit over date, I guess drinking rainbow ink doesn't make them last any longer. …

Visual of Scuba Airport

Scuba Airport

Weird biomimicmarketing commercial brought to you by American Airlines.

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 Search Where the Sun don’t Shine

Search Where the Sun don’t Shine

You’re spending too much of your time in the sewers of the internet, planning to pigeon-rank your toilet visits or you’re simply feeling lucky? This peculiar shanzhai ’d toilet …

Visual of Spray On Liquid Glass

Spray On Liquid Glass

Now here is a product that should soon find its way into the NANO Supermarket soon. At least, if supermarkets are willing to put it on their shelves, as they currently make huge …

Visual of Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Might Extend Life

Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Might Extend Life

A new study on the effects of cholesterol on the life span of Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm often used in experimentation, resulted in some surprising finds. The life span …

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 Christien Meindertsma – Visualizing the Pig Farm

Christien Meindertsma – Visualizing the Pig Farm

Christien Meindertsma was surprised by the unrealistic nostalgic visualizations of farms on children's coloring plates. She decided to create a more realistic coloring plate of the pig farm.

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 Why does a Salad Cost More Than a Big Mac?

Why does a Salad Cost More Than a Big Mac?

Remarkable infographic by pcrm.org . Via NY Times , via Consumerist.com .

Visual of 3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

3D Printed Food, Meet Willy Wonka

Exploring the possibilities of a new 3D food printer.

Visual of Baseball Rocks

Baseball Rocks

Rocks fitted with a leather string. Tomorrows Fossils?

Visual of Birdhouse Sweet Birdhouse

Birdhouse Sweet Birdhouse

3D printer company MakerBot  recently launched a contest  inviting designers to create the birdhouse of the future. The winner is The American Craftsman Bungalow by Brent J. …

Visual of Cliff Swallows Are Evolving to Avoid Cars

Cliff Swallows Are Evolving to Avoid Cars

Cliff swallows, as their name suggests, like to build nests on cliffs and other rocky outcroppings. They also like building their nests on bridges and overpasses, and sunbathe on …

Visual of Diet-in-a-Pill Promises Weight Loss with Synthetic Genes

Diet-in-a-Pill Promises Weight Loss with Synthetic Genes

Fat rats with unrestricted access to high-calorie food still lose weight with the help of a genetic implant.

Visual of Eco-Friendly Filter Sprouts Flowers

Eco-Friendly Filter Sprouts Flowers

A cigarette butt imbued with seeds grows flowers when it's discarded in dirt.

Visual of Face 'doek'

Face 'doek'

A student hopes a blanket will replace her classmate's Facebook addictions.

Visual of Have We Passed

Have We Passed "Peak Automobile"?

You’ve heard about peak oil, but what about peak automobile?

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 Hipster Hunter-Gatherers Ravage Portland

Hipster Hunter-Gatherers Ravage Portland

The newest urban pest? Locavore sous-chefs desperate for wild edibles.

Visual of How Food Scientists Engineer the

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

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

Visual of Kid Convinces Mother to go Vegan

Kid Convinces Mother to go Vegan

While most children nowadays believe the woods smell of shampoo, there are still those critical young minds out there eager to question things.

Visual of Kitchen of 2001 – Envisioned in 1967

Kitchen of 2001 – Envisioned in 1967

Retro futuristic vision from the sixties: "The menu is given to the automatic chef via typewriter or punched computer cards."

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 Nextnatural Sky

Nextnatural Sky

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

Visual of Rubber Duck XL: the Bath is Over

Rubber Duck XL: the Bath is Over

The  gigantic rubber duck  created by Dutch artist  Florentijn Hofman  floated on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, with the island skyline in the background. The XL duck showed up in …

Visual of Shape-Shifting House Acts like a Flower

Shape-Shifting House Acts like a Flower

Imagine your home adapting itself to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions by changing its shape.  D*Dynamic is based on the discovery of mathematician Henry …

Visual of Subway Beach

Subway Beach

What would a caveman make of this optical illusion?

Visual of Take a Walk on the Fake Side

Take a Walk on the Fake Side

When you look into the anamorphic abyss, the anamorphic abyss also looks into you.

Visual of The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

Finally a full anatomical model of the renowned comic figure.

Visual of The Angry Bird Spotters Guide

The Angry Bird Spotters Guide

Why are these birds so angry? Probably because they don't appear in the scientific literature.

Visual of The Holy Grail of Immortality

The Holy Grail of Immortality

Injecting mice with telomerase enables them to live 24% longer than the average mouse.

Visual of The Sci-Fi Prehistory of

The Sci-Fi Prehistory of "Victimless" Meat

A (very) short history of a century's worth of "disembodied" meat in fiction.

Visual of Truly Honest Branding

Truly Honest Branding

Viktor Hertz put a painfully honest (and funny) spin on corporate logos.

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 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 Ambulance Drone

Ambulance Drone

The ambulance drone: an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator.

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 BAT Flies High in the Sky to Make Energy

BAT Flies High in the Sky to Make Energy

Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a giant high altitude wind turbine that brings low cost energy to remote areas and off-grid sites.

Visual of Brain Surgery For Goldfish

Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish.

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 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 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 Forward Compatibility Please

Forward Compatibility Please

Forward compatibility for analog mailboxes.

Visual of Geometry in the Sky

Geometry in the Sky

Planes flying overhead form a nextnatural sky.

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 H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

A new artificial mineral made of technological artifacts, such as computers, tools and machinery.

Visual of High-Tech Cemetery

High-Tech Cemetery

In the Ruriden cemetery, in Tokyo, over 2.000 Buddhas statues are illuminated by high-powered color changing LED lights.

Visual of Highway Decoration

Highway Decoration

Highway rural decoration.

Visual of Human Workers Get Increasingly Obsolete

Human Workers Get Increasingly Obsolete

Robots are coming to replace humans at work, are they a real threat to the world’s unemployed?

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 Leaves & Logos Identification Quiz

Leaves & Logos Identification Quiz

Most people nowadays know more logos and brands than bird or tree species. Go test your own knowledge. Take a look at the leaves and logos above and see how many you can identify without looking them up.

Visual of McDonald’s Is Eating The World

McDonald’s Is Eating The World

A map showing the endless expansion of McDonald’s restaurants.

Visual of Nano Product: CloudCrayons

Nano Product: CloudCrayons

CloudCrayons: cloud coloring rockets.

Visual of Peculiar Transportations

Peculiar Transportations

Last friday, these curious next natural transportations happened around our office in Amsterdam. All within the timeframe of a few hours. The surrealists where right. Have a nice …

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

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

Visual of Razorius Gilletus Gold Plastic

Razorius Gilletus Gold Plastic

Like the exorbitant feathers of the peacock, which only function is to aesthetically stand out amid its competitors, this new species of Razorius Gilletus only differs from its predecessor aesthetically.

Visual of Retro-Futuristic Drones

Retro-Futuristic Drones

In 1925 futurists envisioned a sort of aerial civilization in the sky of New York City.

Visual of Sidewalk Lane For Smartphone Users

Sidewalk Lane For Smartphone Users

Dividing the sidewalk in two lanes: one for cell phone users and one for non-cell phone users.

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 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 Urban Green

Urban Green

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

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 You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

A button to simplify your internet affairs!

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 Analogue vs Digital: Still Antisocial

Analogue vs Digital: Still Antisocial

Some modern thinkers argue that new technology is making us antisocial.

Visual of Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

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

Visual of Communicating with City Infrastructures

Communicating with City Infrastructures

A recent project, named GENESI, might make it possible for city infrastructures to communicate with us.

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 Did a Robot Grow your Vegetable?

Did a Robot Grow your Vegetable?

The world’s largest indoor farm  is not the only firm developing vertical agriculture. Japanese company  Spread plans to grow more than ten million heads of lettuce a year by …

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 Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

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

Visual of Facebook's Internet Drone Unveiled

Facebook's Internet Drone Unveiled

Facebook introduced its solar-powered drone project aimed to provide internet access to rural areas.

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 Gamers Stuck in Traffic Jam for Ten Minutes

Gamers Stuck in Traffic Jam for Ten Minutes

Games are typically played to escape our dull or stressful everyday reality, yet they are also made to become increasingly realistic.

Visual of Geothermal Beach

Geothermal Beach

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

Visual of Hacking And Controlling Cars Remotely

Hacking And Controlling Cars Remotely

Two American hackers have been working on hacking cars to takeover full control of vehicles.

Visual of Happy Next Nature!

Happy Next Nature!

Time measurement tools are perhaps among the most inventive technologies mankind has produced, as it enables us to articulate ‘natural’ time (in the form of lunar years, sun …

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 Horizontal Trees

Horizontal Trees

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

Visual of Let Your Drone Mow Your Lawn

Let Your Drone Mow Your Lawn

If you do not want to slave away under the sun, pushing a bulky mower around, drones can do it for you.

Visual of Forget Google Street View, Here's Cat Street View

Forget Google Street View, Here's Cat Street View

Japan city has launched an online street view map to introduce the view of the city by a cat's perspective.

Visual of Local Deliveries: Robots or Drones?

Local Deliveries: Robots or Drones?

Starship, a robot that will remodel our local deliveries system.

Visual of Meet the Hospital of the Future

Meet the Hospital of the Future

With its 656 beds, this hospital offers unconventional and leading computerized assistance for all sorts of patients.

Visual of Mini's Augmented Reality Driving Goggles

Mini's Augmented Reality Driving Goggles

The popular car brand is working on augmented reality goggles that enhance the driving experience.

Visual of First Testings of Google's Project Loon Announced

First Testings of Google's Project Loon Announced

Google plans to connect more than 100 million people in a cheap, new and sustainable way, in a territory where only one person on three has access to the Internet.

Visual of Order Anything with Amazon's Button

Order Anything with Amazon's Button

Amazon introduced a new gadget, named Dash Button, that will help you order groceries automatically.

Visual of Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

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

Visual of Puppy Delivery Drones

Puppy Delivery Drones

3 Million Dogs released a funny video, which shows puppies delivered by drones.

Visual of Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

The National University of Singapore released a group of robot swans in the Pandan Reservoir to swim around and keep an eye on water quality.

Visual of Smog: an Augmented Reality?

Smog: an Augmented Reality?

A few days ago, these images of iconic buildings in Beijing as they look with and without intense smog have been posted on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media …

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 St. Pauli's Walls Pee Back On You

St. Pauli's Walls Pee Back On You

Tired of drunk people peeing everywhere on the street, people of St. Pauli, Hamburg decided to take a smart step to prevent it.

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 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 Bamboo Skyscraper

The Bamboo Skyscraper

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

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 Face of Litter

The Face of Litter

Hong Kong is using DNA analysis to publicly shame litterbugs

Visual of The Hotel Run by Robots

The Hotel Run by Robots

A futuristic Japanese hotel will be run by robots, designed to be extremely human-like.

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 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 You Only Live Online

You Only Live Online

Peculiar slogan of the week.

Visual of Architecture on Mars

Architecture on Mars

The future anticipates 3D printed homes on Mars.

Visual of Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

The first self “driving” boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends.

Visual of Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging ghetto blasters in Utrecht are making you question poverty.

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 Branded Dreams - The Future of Advertising?

Branded Dreams - The Future of Advertising?

What happens when our dreams become a commodity and advertisers gain the technology to enter our dreams?

Visual of Cars Are Ready to Recognize Us

Cars Are Ready to Recognize Us

We already recognize faces in our cars, now it is time for our cars to recognize our faces.

Visual of Cats Take Over London Underground

Cats Take Over London Underground

Last week nearly 70 portraits of cats replaced all advertisements at the Clapham Common tube station in London.

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 Circular Economy

Circular Economy

The uncomfortable watering can ironically shows us that the size matters in a circular economy.

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 Death of the Traffic Light

The Death of the Traffic Light

MIT researchers have developed a system of traffic control that will make traffic lights obsolete.

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 Enlisting Eagles to Take Down Drones

Enlisting Eagles to Take Down Drones

An eagle clutching a flying drone is probably not a show that you see everyday, unless you live in the Netherlands.

Visual of The First Self-Driving City Coach

The First Self-Driving City Coach

Mercedes-Benz just revealed the first self-driving city coach and took it to the streets of Amsterdam for a test drive.

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 Fitness Trackers Help Improve Cycle Paths

Fitness Trackers Help Improve Cycle Paths

Tracking your workout can help improve the safety and optimize routes for cyclists and pedestrians in your town.

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 Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

Sweden is paying people to fix their belongings instead of throwing them away.

Visual of Good Air Quality? You Get Free WiFi

Good Air Quality? You Get Free WiFi

These birdhouses in Amsterdam share free Internet whenever the air quality improves.

Visual of Traffic Lights for Smartphone Zombies

Traffic Lights for Smartphone Zombies

Ground Level Traffic Lights For Smartphone Zombies

Visual of How Is Hi-Tech Changing Sports?

How Is Hi-Tech Changing Sports?

Hitech is changing sports, but what are the consequences?

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 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 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 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 Making King's Day More Sustainable

Making King's Day More Sustainable

On King's Day the water board of Amsterdam wants to collect urine and use it as fertilizer.

Visual of Morality of an Autonomous Car

Morality of an Autonomous Car

When an autonomous car has to make a decision, will self-interest or the public good predominate?

Visual of More Babies for Italy

More Babies for Italy

The Italian government just launched a campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates and encourage family planning.

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 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 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 The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

Nissan created the e-NV200 workspace: an electrical van with zero emissions that is packed with everything you need to work efficiently.

Visual of Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality.

Visual of Pokemon Go and Virtual Property

Pokemon Go and Virtual Property

What happens when someone places a virtual property on top of a physical one?

Visual of An Edible Drone for Humanitarian Aid

An Edible Drone for Humanitarian Aid

Nigel Gifford is developing a drone that will be relatively inexpensive, disposable and edible.

Visual of This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

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

Visual of The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

We may be still far away from pollution-free Internet browsing, but at least the next time you send an e-mail you can feel relief at the thought that the strong arctic winds of Scandinavia are keeping the Google servers cool and running.

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 Self-Driving Cars Are Here to Stay

Self-Driving Cars Are Here to Stay

The first time you switch on your self-driving car, punch in your coordinates and cruise off to the soulless thrum of an electric motor you’ve got to wonder: does this thing know what it’s doing?

Visual of Self-Driving Trucks Hit the Highways

Self-Driving Trucks Hit the Highways

A driverless convoy of trucks drove through Europe and safely arrived in Rotterdam yesterday.

Visual of Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Robotic furniture for the young professional.

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 Solving Crimes Thanks to Amazon Echo

Solving Crimes Thanks to Amazon Echo

Amazon's Echo smart speaker may have witnessed a murder. But will it talk?

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 A System that Predicts Crime

A System that Predicts Crime

An experiment tries to prevent crime by identifying aggressive behavior with new surveillance technology before actual violence is used.

Visual of Thanksgiving Getaway Gridlock

Thanksgiving Getaway Gridlock

In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!

Visual of The Supermarket with No Employees

The Supermarket with No Employees

This automated store in Sweden doesn’t have any human employees, only a smartphone app.

Visual of The Interactive Supermarket

The Interactive Supermarket

Coop Italia has opened a flagship store in Milan to present their vision of what grocery shopping might hold for us in 2050.

Visual of Turn Your Cursor into a Songbird

Turn Your Cursor into a Songbird

The Bird Sounds experiment, powered by Google Creative lab, is a visualization of thousands of bird songs organized by their similarities.

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

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

Visual of Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.

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 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 AI Draws New Worlds from Its Artificial Memory

AI Draws New Worlds from Its Artificial Memory

An AI draws streets and spaces stitching together its artificial memories of real places.

Visual of Air Pollution Mask for Kids

Air Pollution Mask for Kids

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

Visual of Air Purifying Billboards

Air Purifying Billboards

These blue eco-boards are turning California a bit greener.

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 Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

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

Visual of Facial Recognition Replaces Passports

Facial Recognition Replaces Passports

Biometric technology replaces passports in Australian airports.

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 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 Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Tons of living animals have floated from Japan to the United States traveling across the ocean on plastic junk and debris.

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

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

Visual of 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 The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

Due to its digital citizenship program, something interesting is happening in Estonia. In July there were more new applications for e-citizenship than newborn babies. Are we …

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 A Floating Gym in Paris

A Floating Gym in Paris

This floating gym harnesses human energy to sail down the Seine River in Paris.

Visual of Flying Car Modular Transport System

Flying Car Modular Transport System

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

Visual of Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google cars can now measure urban air quality and collect data to create interactive maps with the most detailed views of pollution patterns ever created.

Visual of After Horsepower Comes Robotpower?

After Horsepower Comes Robotpower?

We fear being replaced by robots. They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us, but so do horses.

Visual of Hoverboarding Over the Atlantic

Hoverboarding Over the Atlantic

In 2017, a hoverboard can fly 164 feet above earth and able to hover over the Atlantic Ocean.

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 No Drones in the Park, Please!

No Drones in the Park, Please!

In Icelandic national parks the use of drones has been forbidden. No camping, dogs to be kept on leashes, and please, leave your drones at home.

Visual of Kangaroos Confuse Self-Driving Cars

Kangaroos Confuse Self-Driving Cars

Volvo's driverless car system has trouble recognizing kangaroos because it gets confused by the hopping of the marsupial.

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 The New Gold: Honey!

The New Gold: Honey!

A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are continuing to rise.

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 Pandas Crossing the Sky

Pandas Crossing the Sky

China is famous for its Panda bear reserves and breeding centers, so riding one the work just seems the most natural thing to do.

Visual of Preventive Punishment for Robots

Preventive Punishment for Robots

The Punishment is an installation featuring a robotic arm that mimics a kid's handwriting perfectly, and repetitively writes "I must not hurt humans".

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 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 Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

After mounting criticism from environmentalists, a firefly-themed park in China announced that the glowing bugs will be replaced by lasers.

Visual of Dubai Employs First Robotic Police Officer

Dubai Employs First Robotic Police Officer

The first robotic officer will soon report for duty in Dubai.

Visual of The Self-Flying Taxi Drone

The Self-Flying Taxi Drone

Passenger-carrying drones will hit the skies in Dubai this summer.

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 The Robots Are Coming!

The Robots Are Coming!

Robots are getting stronger and smarter every day. They are taking over our whole lives. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it?

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 Virtual Poetry Museum Opens in Amsterdam

Virtual Poetry Museum Opens in Amsterdam

A virtual museum for poetry opens "its doors" at Museumplein in Amsterdam.

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 AR City: Paving the Way for Augmented Reality Navigation

AR City: Paving the Way for Augmented Reality Navigation

Augmented reality applications are a promising alternative to GPS. At least that is what Blippar’s AR City app claims to be.

Visual of A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers

A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers

It may soon be possible for your phone to automatically figure out whether it’s you or your five-year-old who’s swiping the screen—and, if it’s the latter, block apps you want to …

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 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 This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

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

Visual of Truly smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

Truly smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk …

Visual of Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Ibis, A popular European hotel chain, just introduced the world to the “social media sitter.” It’s the answer to a problem few knew existed, and even fewer though we needed …

Visual of Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these …

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

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

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

Visual of 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 emojis represent the past, present and future within Next Nature

How emojis represent the past, present and future within Next Nature

It's that time of year again; the Unicode Emoji 13.0 has announced that 117 new emojis are to be implemented in the second half of 2020. It got us curious of what these new emojis …

Visual of How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

At this moment in time, many people are staying at home in order to flatten the curve . It is times like these that we realize how vital technology is to us and our societies. It …

Visual of Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

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

Visual of A happy birth day to Louise Brown

A happy birth day to Louise Brown

Dear Louise Brown, On behalf of the future I would like to congratulate you on your birthday. It has been 40 years that you where born into this world on July 25th 1978, …

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 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 Simulacra and Simulations

Simulacra and Simulations

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. -Ecclesiastes If we were able to take as the …

Visual of Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

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

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

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of The Anthropocene Explosion

The Anthropocene Explosion

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force.

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

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

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

Visual of What an artificial womb may look like in the future

What an artificial womb may look like in the future

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

Visual of How will the artificial womb affect society?

How will the artificial womb affect society?

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

Visual of This Chinese baby is born four years after their parent's death

This Chinese baby is born four years after their parent's death

In March 2013, five days before Liu Xi and her husband Shen Jie were scheduled for the transplantation of one fertilized embryo into her womb, the young couple died in a car …

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

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

Visual of Exploring speculative developments of reproductive technology

Exploring speculative developments of reproductive technology

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

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Max Liboiron: "Pollution is Colonialism"

We now live in a world where plastics are becoming a part of our marine ecosystems. As a result, we strive hard to clean the plastics from our oceans. Dr. Max Liboiron ( Michif …

Visual of Bioprinting in Hawai

Bioprinting in Hawai

This Fall, the 1st world Bioprinting Congress is organized in Honolulu, Hawai. Four whole days of biopatterning, bioassembly and biofabrication! The ironic choice of location …

Visual of Folding Chair - Flexible Love

Folding Chair - Flexible Love

This amazing 'flexible love' folding chair can be stretched to seat as many as sixteen individuals; once compacted, the chair seats one. Watch the video in order to understand the …

Visual of MDI Air Car

MDI Air Car

Will the oil-driven car grow extinct in the decades to come? Guy Negre (Fr) thinks so, for he invented: THE CLEAN GREEN DRIVING MACHINE! Utopia is near; this (toy ) car runs on …

Visual of The Playboy Interview

The Playboy Interview

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

Visual of The World Without Technology

The World Without Technology

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

Visual of Augmented (Hyper)Reality

Augmented (Hyper)Reality

Augmented (hyper)Reality offers a glimpse of an alternate universe, with augmented reality cranked up to the next level.

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

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

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

Visual of 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 Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphobia

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

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 The Story of our Food

The Story of our Food

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

Visual of A €1,174 Chicken Coop for the Bourgeois Farmer

A €1,174 Chicken Coop for the Bourgeois Farmer

Long for farm-fresh eggs on the table? Dream about going to bed each night worrying about racoons, rats and foxes? Like the feeling of scraping chicken shit off your hands? For …

Visual of Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

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

Visual of NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

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

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Next What?

In this essay, anti-civilization, anarchist philosopher John Zerzan critiques the concept of 'next nature.' He argues that rather than freeing us, our self-domestication through …

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Salad Dress

Push your organic-sustainable-veggie-lifestyle in the overdrive with the Salad Dress.

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"Smart Highways" to Power Streetlights and Electric Cars

Roads are a ubiquitous, even defining aspect of our urban and suburban spaces. In the United States alone, parking lots and roads cover 16,000 square kilometers. So why must roads …

Visual of 3D-Printed Skin Cells as an Aesthetic Statement

3D-Printed Skin Cells as an Aesthetic Statement

An exploration of one way we might use 3D printed stem cells for body modification.

Visual of Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Floris Kayak discusses online hoaxes and the future of technology.

Visual of Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Digital and genetic techniques increasingly influence life. Our belief in progress through technology stands in the way of a moral debate on this development. By Rinie van Est We …

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 The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

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

Visual of A Jet without Windows for a Better View

A Jet without Windows for a Better View

Supersonic jet replaces windows with massive live-streaming screens.

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 What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Since Darwin we tend to look at the biological world exclusively in economical terms. The idea that monkey's, frogs, or even ants do more than simply propagate, doesn't find much acceptance among scientists. And yet, even crayfishes at times seem to displace objects just for fun.

Visual of Rating the Reputation Economy

Rating the Reputation Economy

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

Visual of Virtual Bedtime Stories

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Samsung just revealed the prototype version of Bedtime VR Stories, a technology that connects parents to their children in virtual reality, right before bedtime.

Visual of Your Virtual Midwife Is Here

Your Virtual Midwife Is Here

An external device that helps you conceive, carry and raise a child. Too scary? Or extremely useful? It's up to you to decide, your virtual midwife is here!

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

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

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

Visual of The return of direct democracy: Introducing a digital agora to the crypto-world

The return of direct democracy: Introducing a digital agora to the crypto-world

In Ancient Greece the people were part of a direct-democracy, this means that they would directly vote for policies and laws. Nowadays, it seems as though this horizontal approach …

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

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

Visual of Next Nature baby care

Next Nature baby care

Babies' needs aren't complex. And yet, they are. Over the years, parents have found some tricks to ease their babies as well as themselves. Taking a baby for a drive to make them …

Visual of The next sexual revolution is going to be all about technology

The next sexual revolution is going to be all about technology

Sex is one of the most powerful, fundamental human drives. It’s caused wars, and built and destroyed kingdoms. It occupies a significant percentage of most people’s thoughts. As …

Visual of Welcome to the CRISPR baby world—here’s what you should know

Welcome to the CRISPR baby world—here’s what you should know

Last week, the gene editing world was hit by news the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. In a video on YouTube , Dr. Jiankui He at Southern University of Science and Technology in …

Visual of Artificial womb: Are we ready?

Artificial womb: Are we ready?

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

Visual of Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

The emerging technology of the artificial womb confronts us with a series of moral and societal questions. How to cope with that? Join us on 29 March at Eindhoven University of …

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

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

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

Visual of First human CRISPR trial in the US aims to cure inherited blindness

First human CRISPR trial in the US aims to cure inherited blindness

Gene editing is advancing at a faster pace than most of us can keep up with. One significant recent announcement was gene editing tool CRISPR’s application to non-genetic diseases …

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

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

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

Visual of Next Generation: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

Next Generation: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

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

Visual of ‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

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 Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

At just a millimeter wide, Xenobots are “neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal", they are "a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism”, says …

Visual of Talking Nonhuman Nonsense

Talking Nonhuman Nonsense

Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio existing somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They wonder upon our relationship with the non-human, embracing …

Visual of ‘We All Parent Earth’

‘We All Parent Earth’

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

Visual of Why screen games are still 'real' play

Why screen games are still 'real' play

Play is a core part of a healthy childhood , through which children develop social, communication, cognitive and physical skills. Children’s play adapts to its circumstances. …