“UPPRINTING FOOD” at Beijing Design Week 2018

Exploring the future of food analysis and 3D-printed meals in China and beyond

Human-centered design and sustainability have rightly become global priorities. In China, more often known for its megacities and high-speed urbanization, these were core themes at this year’s Beijing Design Week (BDW). As global resources shrink and climate change will soon impact the way we eat, food becomes a key aspect of sustainable development—especially in China, where the richness and diversity of local food culture struggles to keep …

The Only American Company Making Paper Straws

Paper straws got a bad reputation as flimsy and funky-tasting, thanks in part to versions produced in China. But Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Aardvark returned to paper straw production in 2007, when demand required that they start up again (they invented the paper straw back in 1888). Not only are the products “green,” they’re also ideal to use. Much of the process behind them is secret, …

From The Seeds Up: The Future of Fruits and Vegetables

At New York’s first-ever Variety Showcase—organized by the Culinary Breeding Network from Oregon, and GrowNYC—chefs, plant-breeders, farmers and others in the food industry joined together to discuss and present examples of the future of produce. One of the many goals of the showcase includes developing ideas—and in-turn seeds—that produce foods which taste better, reduce waste and meet the specific needs of chefs and cooks. While much of these “bespoke …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's earliest drawing, talking trees, uncensored video games and more

Ise Gropius aka Mrs Bauhaus

Walter Gropius is the name most commonly attached to the wildly influential Bauhaus movement, but his wife Ise was an equally significant creative partner. Oftentimes remembered as a “widow, archivist, interpreter and promoter of his work,” Ise has her own powerful legacy beyond this. As Katy Kelleher writes for Artsy, “From her handmade headdresses to her carefully planted garden to her experiments with photography, Ise’s entire life was her art.” She collaborated with her husband on many projects, wrote essays on fashion and design, and (after Walter died) ran their house like a museum in order to share it with the public. Find out more about “Mrs Bauhaus,” Ise Gropius at Artsy.

The Aboriginal Artist Finally Being Shown in America

John Mawurndjul—an Aboriginal artist living in the remote community of Maningrida—is highly regarded in Australia and across Europe. While his art has garnered praise from critics proclaiming him as “one of our greatest artists of all time,” it (and other work by Indigenous Australians) is not commonly shown in the United States. To rectify that, two Miami-based collectors, Dennis and Debra Scholl, will be giving over 200 pieces from their private collection to three different US museums. “This, folks, is what contemporary art looks like. You might not recognize it. The worldview it comes out of might feel deeply, wondrously foreign. But that is part of what draws the eye to it,” Sebastian Smee of the Washington Post writes. Find out more at the WP.

Frieze Art Fair’s First-Ever Los Angeles Edition

The internationally renowned Frieze Art Fair will make its LA debut next year (14-17 February) and promises to feature a long and impressive list of exhibitors, hosts and a rich music program. The entirety of the event will take place in Paramount Studios, but organizers are working diligently to guarantee attendees know they’re in Los Angeles and not some staged set. “All Frieze fairs are international, but it’s also important that they reflect the city and country that they’re in, so Frieze wanted to ensure a focused and thoughtful selection of galleries,” Frieze LA’s representative tells artnet. With that in mind, 20 of the fair’s 70 galleries are LA-based. Read more on artnet.

It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the Mycelium enter the root’s innermost point and exchange water and nutrients for the stolen sugar. This connection, as it spreads just below the surface of the earth, becomes a symbiotic web—used for communication, exchange and crisis management. Dubbed mycorrhiza, this system lets trees “talk.” Learn more about their language on National Geographic.

North America’s Cabin Typology Explored

In the Cabin Fever exhibition, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, dozens of images, artifacts and paraphernalia trace the development of the North American cabin—from the 1600s to present day. Stepping beyond architecture and typology, the exhibit addresses the cabin’s changing role in culture—from simple shelter to idyllic lodging. Curated by California-based writer Jennifer M Volland, the gallery’s senior curator Bruce Grenville, and associate curator Stephanie Rebick, there’s even a full-size prepper’s cabin on site. Read more at Dezeen.

The Slowest Porsche Race Ever

Though Porsche technically never made tractors, Porsche-branded ones still exist—some designed by Ferdinand Porsche were produced under license by a number of different companies. This Porsche stamp is good enough to grant entry into the sixth Rennsport Reunion. Organizers claim this race will be the first of its kind, and the race’s format is rightfully unique, too. Drivers will have to run across the track to start their tractors en route to the finish line; an abbreviated version of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will host the race. This leg of the track will take most tractors 15 minutes to conquer. Read more about the Porsche tractor race at Popular Mechanics.

Moto Guzzi Teases V9 Bobber Variant

The V9 Bobber Sport from Moto Guzzi was previewed with a single image released last week. For 2019, the brand will give “the V9 Bobber the extra edge raining it with top-spec equipment and new color schemes,” as well as a bit of a body change. Vintage ’70s-era styling meets futurism in the Centro Stile Piaggio Group and Piaggio Advanced Design Centre-handled design. Visible upgrades include Ohlins shocks, fork gaiters and a chopped rear fender. The mechanics of the bike will apparently remain the same. Little more is known right now, but you can read more about the teaser on Top Speed.

Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits that what the drawer was trying to convey remains unknown (and it may forever), but this discovery widens our scope of knowledge on early-human communication. Read more about the discovery, and what this drawing could mean on The Atlantic.

The First “100% Uncensored” Game is Finally Playable

Steam, the widely popular and incredibly expansive catalog of PC video games, has approved its first “100% uncensored” game. This comes on the heels of years of turmoil between developers and Steam executives. Representatives for Steam admit that the discrepancy between “adult games” and pornography was halting the genre rollout—they didn’t want people to see explicit content if they didn’t intend to. But Negligee: Love Stories, one of a handful of games that was removed from Steam for content deemed explicit and lewd, will return to the catalog tomorrow, 14 September. Read more about the content conundrum on Ars Technica.

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It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the …