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Suburban Utopia

Nature finds a way

Welcome to the suburban utopia, where everyone owns a home, a car and an iSomething. All of your needs have been met, and every detail has been planned. But is something missing? Or are you not good enough for the perfect world? The image of the suburban utopia may be cracking under the pressure of perfection. Even here there are risks and unexpected phenomena. Nature, and human nature, has a way of disrupting even the most squeaky-clean environment.

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In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea
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Next What?

John Zerzan

In this essay, anti-civilization, anarchist philosopher John Zerzan critiques the concept of 'next nature.' He argues …

Mastering Bambi

Media artists Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács remake the Disney classic Bambi by stripping away all the inhabitants. Disney's utopian landscape is revealed.

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Human Nature as Pathology

Van Mensvoort

Modern society seems to have transformed human nature into a pathology. Our emotions are controlled by drugs. We are …

Visual of Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Van Mensvoort

Besides the extensive collection of animals from around the planet, the Amsterdam City Zoo Artis also houses some local …

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Living with Nature in the Post-Suburbs

Allison Guy

MoMA in New York has a new exhibit  exploring what can be done with American's only seemingly inexhaustible …