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Office Garden

Technology domesticates us

During human evolution, work and leisure were not separate concepts. With the rise of modernity, factory and office work has domesticated us to follow clock time and artificial light. Yet how “natural” is it to sit in front of a computer screen eight hours a day? We need technology that resonates with our senses, rather than numbing them, that empowers the human condition, rather than undermining it. How can we create an office garden that teems with life and possibility?

Staff Picks

Has modernity fully domesticated us? Or do we still have a hangover from our tribal days?
‘If next nature includes human presence it has to take into account that human beings integrate their own rhythm with the environment’
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Time Between Emergence and Design


Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and …

The Buttons

Nitipak Samson creates conceptual buttons that move beyond the paradigm of on/off to integrate social and environmental functions.

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Why Handwriting Must Die

Van Mensvoort

Associate professor Anne Trubek argues that handwriting will soon be history , because writing words by hand is a …

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System Animals

Van Mensvoort

What animal is so naive to come into this world as a naked and crying infant, completely vulnerable, helpless, and an …

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Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

Van Mensvoort

How natural is it to work from nine to five sitting on a chair behind a desk, staring at a computer screen, wearing a …