untitled Johannes Grenzfurthner/Frank Apunkt Schneider (monochrom) // HACKING THE SPACES A critical acclaim of what was, is and could be a hackerspace (or hacklab, for that matter) // Hackerspaces 1 // History The history of the so-called hackerspaces expands back to when the counter culture movement was about to make a serious statement. In the decade after the hippies attempted to establish new ways of social, political, economical and ecological relationships, a lot of experiments were carried out concerning the construction of new spaces to live and to work in. These were considered as niches to relieve and rescue people from the monotonous way bourgeois society directed civic spaces from kindergartens to cemeteries to be exactly the same and to reproduce its patriarchal and economical order.
DIF Biomimicry Challenge - Think Dif - Disruptive Innovation Festival DIF Biomimicry Challenge Use biomimicry to radically improve an aspect of the food system to fit within a circular economy. During this challenge, participants are asked to: "Use biomimicry to radically improve an aspect of the food system (e.g. production, packaging, nutrient recovery) to fit within a circular economy." So, how do you get started on a challenge as large and complex as the food system? First of all, you’ll need to become familiar with the various parts of the food system and how they are related.
Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths. This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation. Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says:
The Future of Manufacturing: Platforms and Distributed Fabrication Just few weeks ago, a wonderful, about half an hour, documentary – amazingly directed by my friend Tristan Copley Smith – was eventually published. This great piece of work, was shot in Barcelona – the Fab City – earlier in 2014, around the beginning of July, during Fab10: the 10th edition of international Fablab conference. It was during Fab10 – and the fateful moment is well documented in the video – Mayor Xavier Trias pressed a button and virtual triggered a 40 years countdown: as explained in the video by Vicente Guallart – urbanist and chief architect of the Barcelona municipality – this countdown separates the city from the moment in which it will be globally connected yes, but locally self-sufficient. This narrative is described as the switch from PITO (Product In Trash Out) model to DIDO (Data In Data Out) model. Rethinking an old production model Despite 40 years can be many, radically rethink a production model is an enormously complex challenge.
Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers Paris Smart City 2050 by Vincent Callebaut The buildings take advantage of a range of green building strategies including passive heating and cooling, rainwater recycling, and living green walls that infuse fresh air into the bustling metropolis. Vincent Callebaut‘s Paris Smart City plan includes a Mountain Tower and other green skyscrapers inspired by nature that fit within the existing structures of the city. The buildings take advantage of a range of green building strategies including passive heating and cooling, rainwater recycling, and living green walls that infuse fresh air into the bustling metropolis.
Tetris Bookshelf The tetris shapes are fairly straightforward; each piece is made of four unit pieces arranged in seven different orientations. Since I chose to make my shelves without a back panel, the S and L shaped pieces can be flipped over to produce their mirror images. This means that I only needed to make 5 types of pieces. Economic & Policy Development Building a Clean Economy 3EStrategies works to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. A clean economy supports environmental protection and restoration, energy security, and economic opportunities for people across the income spectrum. Unlike our current economic system, a clean economy functions like a healthy ecosystem, continually renewing, evolving, and innovating.
Circular economy The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere. Scope Origins
Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy The relentless parade of new technologies is unfolding on many fronts. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Not every emerging technology will alter the business or social landscape—but some truly do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way people live and work, and rearrange value pools. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly. Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, cuts through the noise and identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years.