Studio Roosegaarde is nurturing new techno-human behavior through amazing interactive landscapes and changing the way we interact with our environment. Artist Daan Roosegaarde along with his team of designers and engineers, create interactive landscapes that instinctively respond to sound and movement.
As technology has grown and as personal computing devices have become smaller and more inexpensive, humanity has lost interest in the local environment. Just watch any urbanite walking through a city and you will see them, head down, focused on their smart phone or iPad mini. We have lost interest in our landscapes and our environment. Studio Roosegaarde is changing that.
Roosegaarde has show at Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and winner of the Dutch Design Award and China’s Most Successful Design Award. The Studio has created public space commissions for the City of Rotterdam, Singapore, Eindhoven and Stockholm and they recently opened a studio in Shanghai, CN.
Studio Roosegaarde has a long list of incredible techno-human interactive landscapes and designs. Below are the top 3 Serious Wonder favorites:
Techno-Human Energy: SUSTAINABLE DANCE FLOOR:
SUSTAINABLE DANCE FLOOR uses the piezoelectric effect or Piezoelectricity to generate electricity through the act of dancing. This technology could be used in active environments like football stadiums, concerts, and city sidewalks. The great part of this technology is that we do not give up anything to gain this type of energy. So we have no excuse, and after living through SANDY in NTC, we want this now!
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Techno-Human Design: LOTUS 7.0:
The LOTUS 7.0 may be my personal favorite. I love the juxtaposition of the future techno-human interactive living wall and old world spiritualism of the surrounding environment. This living wall uses smart foils that fold open in response to human behavior.
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Techno-Human Interactive Landscape: DUNE 4.2:
DUNE 4.2 is a fantastic example of how new innovation can transform our experience of our landscapes. This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten in reaction to sound and motion. These lights act as a new organism that can play and transform a simple walk on the riverside into an interactive game. DUNE 4.2 is located along the Maas River in Rotterdam (NL) and uses less than 60 watts of energy!
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FUTURE IMPLICATIONS :
The next stage in this new techno-human interactive landscape and design movement is to add information into the landscape. We could have techno-trees that could act as a search engine or sidewalks that show social media updates. This information could move with you as you move through the environment allowing you to get the information you want and become more curious about the landscape around you.
We should use technology to make our lives more enjoyable, not more stressful or restricted. We should be able to work as we walk through our landscapes. As we advance into the techno-human future, technology should work around our needs, and serve our goals.
Would you be happier if you could answer an email while strolling through a techno-forest or calling a friend as you walk along a beach? Could the “office” finally become extinct and be replaced with a more natural techno-environment?
Image Source: Studio Roosegaarde