This year Techtextil and Texprocess focus on urban life in the future. In a special 500m2 exhibition zone they will present innovative projects with progressive approaches to the urban challenges of the future. One of these is the Next Nature Network (NNN), an international interdisciplinary network with members in 44 countries founded by philosopher, artist and scientist Koert van Mensvoort.
The motto of the Next Nature Network is ‘We want to go forward – not back – to nature’. The aim: to investigate the potentials of technology and turn visions into reality. It shows four innovative exhibits in the special Urban Living exhibition zone at Techtextil and Texprocess:
Save lives with an artificial womb that allows premature babies to grow to full term. Structures that imitate human body parts are created from synthetically produced fibres. The reservations and hopes, advantages and disadvantages are discussed by a team of distinguished scientists, philosophers, designers and journalists. The project design is by Hendrik-Jan Grievink.
Bistro In Vitro
If a restaurant served meat specialities produced in a laboratory, what would it look like? Bistro In Vitro is a science fiction project about the future of meat with a chic fictional virtual restaurant as its main platform. In collaboration with the Submarine Channel, the Next Nature Network examines the environmental, economic and social impact of human meat consumption and highlights the perspectives for lab-grown meat.
One job market for humans and robots? Hubot explores the potential synergies of man and machine and how they might work together to improve efficiency. A physiotherapist with six arms, a cleaning drone to assist healthcare professionals during home visits, an exoskeleton to move extra-heavy loads – the opportunities to see robot technologies as helpers, not job-stealers, appear to be virtually limitless.
The Modular Body
The Modular Body is a digital science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of Oscar, the world’s first artificial organism, no bigger than a human hand. Its inventor is the innovative biologist Cornelis Vlasman, who has established an independent research lab together with a team of like-minded professionals. What’s unique about this Next Nature story is the concept of Oscar: human life has until now been regarded as a closed system. Oscar however proves that life can also be interpreted as a modular system. This leap opens up entirely new perspectives and could in future lead to innovative solutions and practical applications.
The special event ‘Urban Living – Cities of the Future’ is presented at Techtextil and Texprocess from 14 to 17 May 2019.
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