World’s highest pyramids in Estonia – made of waste

World’s highest pyramids in Estonia – made of waste

This is going to be the first tax optimalization landscape in Europe, maybe even in the world. It will be in a remote corner of Europe, in the northeast of Estonia, in the town of Aidu near the Russian border. Other than the country’s usual lakes and forests (about half of Estonia is covered with trees) Aidu has one unique selling point: 20 meters under the limestone in the ground, there is oil shale. To get to it, the mines have exploded tons of limestone. With this waste product, architecture firm KTA has created an impressive landscape of sculpted pyramids, ancient and futuristic at the same time. Read the article…

Het boerenleven was een hard bestaan

Het boerenleven was een hard bestaan

Voor de meeste boeren was het leven eerder zwaar en armoedig geploeter dan avontuur. Dit heeft prachtige beelden opgeleverd die op dit moment te zien zijn in de foto-expositie ‘Boeren: Avonturen op het land’ in Fotomuseum Den Haag. Soms zijn dat veelzeggende details als de klompen van Evert of een verweerde hand met puntige metalen vingerhoedjes die handig zijn bij het aardappelen rooien.

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Social design with water makes the world a better place

Social design with water makes the world a better place

A film, an app, an artwork, a Twitter-campaign, a product: those are just a few examples of social design with water. They can get an issue on the agenda, create a community and launch new products. For the book by Anne van der Zwaag on social design, Looks Good Feels Good Is Good, I wrote the chapter on the theme of water. The world is ready for designers who, rather than adding yet another chair to what is already there, prefer to devote their time and creativity to solving the world’s problems.

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