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Microbial Home Coverage

After a crazy busy presentation at the Piet Hein Eek venue during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (which was amazing!), we generated a lot of feedback on the Microbial Home probe. Meanwhile on the internet there has also been some great coverage by a lot of our favourite blogs: Dezeen,…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on November 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Bio-light

The bio-light uses different biological technologies to create ambient light effects. The concept explores the use of bioluminescent bacteria, which are fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the methane digester in the Microbial Home system).…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Filtering Squatting toilet

A waste separating squatting toilet that filters effluent while channelling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.



The squatting toilet incorporates a handrail to support a person (and improve comfort)  in the…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 27, 2011 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

The Apothecary

The Apothecary let’s you analyze the state of your health using 4 diagnostic tools that analyze breath, tongue, skin and eyes. These tools help inform you of the state of your health and in particular your health balance. Breath and saliva testing show the state of intestinal flora…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Urban Beehive

The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home. The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.



The design of the beehive is…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 25, 2011 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

The Larder

The larder concept is a system designed to keep ‘living food’ fresh, by using natural processes (as opposed to dead food in the refrigerator). The larder consists of an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table.



The…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 24, 2011 at 2:25pm — 2 Comments

The Paternoster

The Paternoster is a concept for a domestic (or school) plastic waste up-cycler that uses mycelium to break down plastic packaging waste. 



In this design, plastics are ground into small chips and mixed with…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 23, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments

The Bio-digester Island

The Bio-digester kitchen island is the central hub in the Microbial Home system. It consists of a methane digester which coverts bathroom waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas that is used to power a series of functions in the home.…



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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 22, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Microbial System Graphic

Before explaining all individual concepts, this infograpic shows how all concepts work together within a domestic setting. As you can see, the digester is the central hub turning human waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane to power the stove, the gas lamps and the larder.…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 22, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Microbial Home

Our newest design probe will be on show during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven at the venue of Piet Hein Eek. The Microbial Home probe adopts a systemic ­approach to many…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on October 20, 2011 at 2:34pm — 5 Comments

Open Source Biological Art

I found this fascinating project on the 'wemakemoneynotart' blog, an exceptionally good and inspiring blog. There is an interview with the people behind…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on September 24, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Big Dog

While working on robot illustrations, one of the illustrators found this amazing robot dog. It seems that the dog as an robotic model keeps coming back to me (see post 1 and…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on September 15, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Urban Beeing

Dutch newspaper NRC from last weekend wrote an article on urban beekeepers, in the article they also refer to the Rabobank report, which was mentioned earlier on this blog. The…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on September 2, 2011 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Skepticism vs. Realism

Climate skepticism remains an area of ongoing interest, not so much because of truth finding more because it is interesting to see how people deal with problems and the complexity of an interwoven problem as climate change. While watching a short video with Stephen…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on August 24, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

The Cosmic City

The 'final' destination of our trip; Baikonour /…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on August 3, 2011 at 1:53pm — No Comments

The Tragedy of the Aral Sea

What a horrific site, watching the great empty desert from what used to be the banks of the Aral Sea in Aralsk. A city that used to be a fishing port and harbour city. One of those places in the world where the consequences of some of our environmental interventions such as irrigation, manifests… Continue

Added by Design Probes Moderator on July 27, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Arrival Almaty

After arriving in Almaty we knew there was only limited time to get to the station in order to jump on our 33 hour trainride to the Aral sea... due to some flight delay we missed this connection. Hoping to catch the train at the next station we…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on July 23, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Kiev transit to Astana

Before heading to the airport we had some time left in Kiev (preparing for European Footbal championship 2012) which we used for…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on July 23, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Back from Kazach Desert

Sorry guys, it's been a while. There seems not to be a huge market for bringing WiFi to the Kazache desert. So I owe you an update on the Unknown Fields mission. After some inspiring presentations from Nelly Ben Hayoun and Regina Peldszus Clive presented a few Probes…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on July 23, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Travel Blog

Here is an additional link to a blog that is being updated by Chris from…

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Added by Design Probes Moderator on July 15, 2011 at 8:21am — No Comments

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