Smart urban furniture and screens in the future city

Technology is taking over. Life in the future cities will be all about techonology and sustainability. I imagine this futuristic city with touchscreens, urban furntiture and gadgets with augmented reality everywhere on the streets.

Eyestop is a busstop. But not a normal busstop , it’s a ‘smart’ busstop which uses technology to give information. Not only advertisements and common information you need if you want to use the public transit, but also touristic information, weather alerts, e-mail access and much more. This Busstop is developed by researchers at the Massachusetss Institue of Technology.


Smart subwaymaps
In New York there are already smart subwaymaps with touchscreen. The first was placed last February in NYC. You just have to tap on the station you want to go and the screen will automatically show you wich route you can follow. The screen shows real time information, so it keeps you up to date about any possible obstacles.


Smart urban furniture like the Eyestop or the subwaymap with touchscreen will be totally normal in the future, but at this point it’s really exciting.
The Eyestop is also powered by sunlight and can detect air pollutants and weather changes. So the concept keeps an eye on the environment and improves sustainability, which is already pretty important but will be even more important in the future.
Plus, we are living in a very busy 24/7 economy where everything is going really fast. These concepts contribute to a quick movement and offer as much efficiency as possible.

Another thing I think we’re going to see a lot are urban screens. Buildings that are made of hundred moving televisions screens to show the work of artists, to give information or to show advertisements. Many people can be reached in a short time by using these buildings.

Urban screens in sydney

So in short, we will be seeing A LOT of screens in the future city. They offer information in a fast way.
If we take a look at the Quality of Life model from Felce & Perry, we see different options why these concepts improve the quality of life.
Development & activity can be improved because your mobility will be enlarged. So you’ll have more opportunities for leisure, education and jobs. It also gives you more idependence when you’re visiting a city. But also your emotional wellbeing can grow when you feel satisfaction because you get to the places where you want to go in a short amount of time.

What do you think about urban screens and smart urban furniture? Do you think it will help us to live an easier life, or do you think it will make the society to fast and gives us too much information?



Food Maps


This photo serie shows what types of food are eaten in the world’s largest countries. It doesn’t show all the eating habits of a country but it’s about one characteristic food category
Henry Hargreaves (an artist from New Zealand) has made this project together with stylist Caitlin Levin and graphic designer Sarit Melmed.
It is a cool and creative way to let people know which foods are eaten most in several countries.
In addition, our communication has become more visual the last few years. So this way of showing information is attractive and has future growth potential.
I must say i indeed like adopting information out of pictures more instead of reading a text. I feel like i can remember it better and for a longer time too.
All these pictures are true works of art, all you’ve got to do is just look at it!
For more of these pictures look at these websites below.


New York in line for sustainable Dutch Design

New York is under the spell of sustainability. Customers in supermarkets prefer organic products, and if it’s possible they also want larger purchases to be sustainable too.
Since last year The Dutch Robbert Zoon has gone to New York on behalf of ten sustainable Dutch Design companies with different concepts. For example the Wooden bicycle by Jan Gunneweg, the Concept Lease A Jeans by Bert Son, where a customer doesn’t buy a pair of jeans, but leases it for at least a year. Cool, isn’t it? Or the biological destructible golf balls from the company Biogolf. These balls are made of patato waste and a are great alternative for the 300 milion golf balls that get lost annually.
The demand for sustainable products and services is growing steadily according to Robbert Zoon.
Especially the combination of Dutch Design with sustainability is very popular in the City. And they pay more for it than here in The Netherlands. People in New York arent’ so involvoed with sustainability yet, but it’s coming up. People want to live a more durable sustainable life, which offers opportunities for companies.
Because, if you can make it in New York.. you can make it everywhere right?
sources: AD Groene Hart Gouda