Far Out Architecture | Amager Bakke

The architecture of Copenhagen's Amager Bakke isn't just far out, it's functional. The "Amager Hill" (also referred to as Amager Slope and Copenhill) is part heat/power waste-to-energy plant and part sports facility. Designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, the facility opened in 2017 and burns through 70 tons of trash each hour which produces hot water and energy for 120,000 homes in the city. Oh, and Ingels included a footpath and ski slope on the building's roof.

2020 Beazley Award | Teeter Totter Wall

Image credit: Design Museum

The Design Museum 2020 Beazely Award overall winner is the Teeter Totter Wall installation Ronald Rael of and Virginia San Fratello of Rael San Fratello. The project transformed a portion of the US-Mexico border wall into an interactive public art work. We can't think of a better example of aspirational and inspirational future-shaping design.

Cocktail Astronomy | Brahe's Marvelous Moustache

Image credit: Mads Nissen for Politiken.dk

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week we join our fans around the world in celebrating Movember, the annual moustache growing (well, we've seen a few ladies and gentlemen glue them on too...in an "Mo" emergency of course) charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health issues, particularly prostate, testicular, and other forms of men's cancer.

We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the event than to raise a cocktail in honor of the very famous and very moustachioed 16th Century Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe. Brahe made many discoveries in the fields of astronomy and alchemy, but he is most noted for his his incredibly accurate observations of our solar system and many stars, noting a supernova in 1572, and providing evidence that comets are heavenly bodies rather than weather related. Brahe's celestial mechanics and detailed star maps were later used by Johannes Kepler in his theories of planetary motion.

American Astronauts Can Vote from Space

Image credit: NASA

American astronauts are once again all set to vote from space. For the 2020 election, Kate Rubins filmed a short video on her preparations to vote from her mission. Even though mission plans may change and allow the astronauts to vote on Earth, it's great to know that American astronauts have the option to exercise their right to vote. And that means Americans that are on Earth have no excuse...it's time to get out and vote, Vote, VOTE!

Monday Ngram | Progressivism & Fundamentalism

Here at Future-ish, we love data candy. Line graphs are one of our favorite information sweets and Google Books Ngram Viewer makes it super easy to track and compare different words and phrases in their corpus of books over time. So why not offer ngrams on Mondays?

Disclaimer: the words and phrases we campare are not chosen scientifically, their history and context are certainly more complex than what can presented here, and - to be completely honest - they are generally thought up over cocktails. Cheers, darling! We consder them little data poems that have the potential to be both trivial and/or profound.

In this graph: being fans of an inclusive future, we are pleased to note the slow but steady upward trend for the term "progressivism". Regarding the term "fundamentalism", we note the quick rise, peaks, and timing of the term. In addition, although it's use has decreased in recent years, it is still more prevalent than it's paired term. Per the the disclaimer, we have no context for how the paired terms are actually being used in the books the Google Books Ngram Viewer analyzes, we can only observe the frequency of the terms.

Cocktail Astronomy | Bird Names on Bennu

Close-up images of the OSIRIS-REx sample site candidates on asteroid Bennu. Image credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona.

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week we focus our magnifying lense of choice (monocle, binoculars, telescope, etc.) on the fiesty little astroid Bennu. In October 2020, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event succeeded in gathering a sample of the asteroid surface. When the samples do return to Earth, we will learn a tremendous amount about asteroids, our galaxy, and our universe.

But here's a bit of trivia that is sure to win you big points at the weekend cocktail party. Why all the bird names for the features and potential landing sites on Bennu? It all starts with Bennu. In 2012, The University of Arizona, The Planetary Society and the LINEAR Project sponsored a 'name the asteroid' contest and Michael Puzio, a third-grader from North Carolina, had the winning entry. Bennu is reference to the ancient Egyptian diety, Bennu, a heron-like bird that the student felt the OSIRIS-REx craft resembled.

To honor and supplement the bird reference, the key features of Bennu, including the potential landing sights of OSIRIS-Rex, have been named for birds.


Cocktail pairing: The Blue Heron may be listed as a summer cocktail but it is sure to be tasty all year around, whether you are in Egypt or Estonia.
And you can't have post on Bennu's birds without a bit of 1978 "Birdland":

2020 Design Week Mexico

We couldn't go another week without posting on 2020 Design Week Mexico that runs October 7-31 because it looks OVER-THE-TOP amazing!!! Jump to the website to learn more about all the online features and events throughought the month.

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