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Designs for a Better Future



The best way to predict the future, is to create it.
What designs have been made so far?
The ones I am interested in, are the ones that look at many aspect of life, try to be reasonably realistic, and are positive.
There are many ways we can go to hell, but that is not a future that I want. The main use of these negative designs, are to entertain... We like to be scared while reading stories and watching movies. Though it is good to mention the possible dangers.

It doesn't really matter who has the most beautiful design here, or who is the best predicter. What counts, is that these few people have been seriously thinking about better alternatives for the near future, and have been very active sharing their views. If you don't agree, then make your own design! We should make hundreds of serious designs, and look at them all.

So far I am familiar with only two designs. I am sure there are more. Let me know if you know of a good one.


Zicht op de toekomst, by Robbert and Rudolf Das.
The first one is a book I had as a child "Zicht op de toekomst, de wereld 80 jaar verder" (looking at the future, the world 80 years from now) by Robbert and Rudolf Das. It is a Dutch book, first printed in 1983. How could the world be like, and how would Robbert and Rudolf like the world to become, in 80 years from now (2063)

The book: Zicht op de toekomst (1983) Elsevier ISBN 9010047938
Their website: www.rudolfdas.nl
On Wikipedia: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbert_en_Rudolf_Das


Not everybody makes a compleet design for a better future, but many people and companies make better alternatives, parts that all together get us to where we want to go. Here are some sites that collect green news. Don't watch the ordinary news! Instead look at all positive developments. Makes happy reading :-)

inhabitat
"Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future."
inhabitat.com

New Atlas (used to be gizmag)
New Atlas is not all green, but that said, reading this site will show you what is and might be coming in the near future. Any important green will show on the front page, and can be searched for. Their catagories: Lifestyle, Science, Technology, Transport, Features, Reviews. But you can search for any topic you are interested in.
"That's our mission at New Atlas: we want to trace the development of extraordinary ideas that move the world forward in the fields of science, transport, consumer electronics, architecture, and beyond."
newatlas.com
(used to be gizmag.com)

 





The Venus Project, by Jacque Fresco.
"Byond politics poverty and war"

"The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today's world."
Visit his site here: www.thevenusproject.com
On YouTube: The Venus Project
Wikipedia: Jacque Fresco







Giesbert Nijhuis

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