Office Garden

Technology domesticates us

During human evolution, work and leisure were not separate concepts. With the rise of modernity, factory and office work has domesticated us to follow clock time and artificial light. Yet how “natural” is it to sit in front of a computer screen eight hours a day? We need technology that resonates with our senses, rather than numbing them, that empowers the human condition, rather than undermining it. How can we create an office garden that teems with life and possibility?

Time Between Emergence and Design

ESSAY BY carolinenevejan
February 7th 2012

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.

To think about how future new worlds are visualized, assumes that these images reveal how life in decades to come will be shaped. These visualizations offer insight into today’s imagination of next natures and next cultures to come. However, in these visualizations ‘time’ as a process of emergence and design, is often forgotten.…

The Buttons

Nitipak Samson creates conceptual buttons that move beyond the paradigm of on/off to integrate social and environmental functions.

Why Handwriting Must Die

Van Mensvoort
August 26th 2011

Associate professor Anne Trubek argues that handwriting will soon be history, because writing words by hand is a technology that's just too slow for our times, and our minds.…

System Animals

Van Mensvoort
April 10th 2011

What animal is so naive to come into this world as a naked and crying infant, completely vulnerable, helpless, and an easy prey for any predator?…

Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

Van Mensvoort
January 3rd 2015

How natural is it to work from nine to five sitting on a chair behind a desk, staring at a computer screen, wearing a suit and tie?…