Blueprint for Change an essay divided in 7 chapters, by our contributor Carlos Cuellar Brown. In the several chapters, such as “Change,” “Energy,” “Self-reliance,” or Food autonomy,” Cuellar explains and under builds his vision of how we can create a wiser, healthier and wholesome future.Read More
The Basic Income movement is quickly gaining ground all around the world and could benefit modern society, but how does it really work?Read More
Through a rise of local communities whom prefer to be self-sustainable as much as possible, a new niche of products show us a thoughtful trend that's in favor of decentralizing major food supplies, and promote hyper-localism instead.Read More
The assumption that fossil fuels will continue to provide the increasing demand for energy is falsely based on dwindling resources and declining availability of petroleum. The consumption of more and more of this same energy will inevitably collapse the monolithic oil based energetic grid structure of western industrialism.Read More
Looking into fossil fuel alternatives is an ongoing process, in which many powerful energy companies are not to ready/willing to invest. Luckily, besides economical profitability, there are also small scale companies whom strife for a greener future and work hard on finding ways to produce clean, renewable energy.Read More
In our 2012/13 ItFits! Trend Forecast, we have talked about the UNSEEN, which discusses a new chapter on finding ways to embrace the magic of technology and create a world of captivating science through couture, luxury products and opulent materials, arising the sense of beauty, magic and faith into our daily lives.Read More
Within a growing distrustful world, buying organic and/or growing your own vegetables is becoming increasingly popular. So what if you could sell some of your vegetables and or baed goods to your local neighborhood with out the need for a cardboard sign on your front lawn?Read More
In our lives we do all kinds of (routined) shopping. We shop for food, clothes, electronics, pharmaceuticals and so on. But what if we could take one step away from consumerism and wasting, save money, maybe invest a little bit more time and make a pitstop at a nearby “refill-store”?Read More
http://youtu.be/oDAw7vW7H0c Every once in a while a new concept appears that is so good that everyone hopes it will become a reality. Phonebloks is a good example.
Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is currently building the “Phoneblok,” a smartphone that holds its electrical components in individual blocks. Through this technique, you could not only customize your phone by picking up blocks specifically serving your purpose, but also replace a block/individual component when it’s damaged, keeping the rest of the phone intact.
In today’s densely-populated cities, it's a definite architectural challenge to find space and create new, sustainable housing. New urban planning, for instance, in cities like Amsterdam, Tokyo or New York, is challenging because, there isn’t exactly a wealth of wide-open spaces and vast empty lots. Yet, the answer may lie right inbetween those spaces (and perhaps transform those empty lots into parks/gardens/etc?)Read More
There’s been enough horsing around with our food, and more than ever before, people in cities want honest food that is affordable, locally produced and sustainably grown.Read More
The Silk Pavilion created by the MIT Media Lab shows just how amazing collaboration between digital and biological fabrication can be.
The Pavilion is a network made from a CNC 3D printing machine which has become a cloud-like structure with the addition of natural netting from the 6,500 live silkworms squirming all over its shell.
Silkworms have been used for millennia to give us our beloved silk, yet that process has always required a level of harvesting-boiling cocoons to generate silk filament. MIT has discovered how to manipulate the worms to shape silk for us natively.
Through biological hacks, tweaking light, heat, and basic geometric scaffolding, researchers can guide the worms to create the intricate and varied patterns necessary to beautiful and complex creations.
"The geometrical density of the pavilion, as well variations in heat and natural light, caused the silkworms to “migrate to darker and denser areas.” To that end, the students gave The Silk Pavilion a season-specific sun path diagram.”
In short, a biological swarm can break outside the bounds of even the largest 3-D printer, building structures in their actual environments, like a 3-D printer that can print itself with all the virulence of an insect colony.