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Bioplastic Fantastic by Johanna Schmeer

Johanna Schmeer's project explores how enzyme-enhanced bioplastics produce nutrients by being exposed to light. She's among the 30 designers invited to imagine what and how we will eat in the future for the exhibition Food Revolution 5.0: Design for Tomorrow's Society, on until September 30 at Berlin's Kunstgewerbe museum. It shows how our decisions about the food we consume are highly political.


Sea-Meat Seeweed by Hanan Alkouh

Since cattle farming alone produces more CO2 than driving cars, Kuwaiti designer Hanan Alkouh created a vision for a meat substitute made of seaweed, itself a superfood. To preserve "the theatrics of trade vocations like farmer, slaughterer or butcher," the seaweed was designed to look strikingly similar to a huge piece of meat.


System Synthetics by Maurizio Montalti

Exploring alternatives to fossil fuels, Italian designer Maurizio Montalti created a transparent system to show how one fungus can break down plastic, while another makes it into bio-ethanol. Here, chopped up rubber duckies demonstrate how micro-organisms can get rid of our waste.


One Third by Klaus Pichler

Photographer Klaus Pichler's photo project One Third takes its cue from a UN study that found that one third of the world's food goes to waste, while 925 million people are threatened by starvation. These intricate still life photos, including these rotting strawberries, call attention to overconsumption.


Hare from Mealworm Paste by Carolin Schulze

Hoping to make Europe's disgust of eating insects a thing of the past, artist Carolin Schulze created a rabbit shape out of mealworm paste with the help of a 3D printer. Could such a design have us eating worms — and enjoying them?


Edible Growth by Chloe Rutzerveld

Another project that makes use of new technology, Chloe Rutzerveld's Edible Growth creates a 3D-printed dough that grows edible fungi in a pleasing form. Rutzerveld calls it a "high-tech but fully natural, healthy and sustainable food."


Mobile Hospitality by chmara.rosinke

This mobile kitchen was created as a community project to unite 12 strangers who are required to sit together for the 1.5-hour duration of a three-course meal. "We were thinking about how to create a project where we get to know people, and the result was that we need a big table and food," says designer Ania Rosinke.


Second Livestock by Austin Stewart

Creating a matrix for chickens, this project by American artist Austin Stewart imagines what would happen if industrial livestock were given VR headsets to simulate a happy, free-range farm life.


Food by Henk Wildschut

A far cry from a quiet life in the countryside, Henk Wildschut's photo series Food provides an inside look at how food is produced. These piglets are among the many animals that spend their lives in such clinical spaces before ending up in grocery stores around the world.

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Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg

Germany shares this lake with Switzerland and Austria. At the entrance of Konstanz harbor there is a statue depicting a courtesan with a pope and an emperor in her hands - an allusion to lax morality during the Constance Council six centuries ago. Once controversial, Imperia now features in the city’s advertising campaigns. The statue rotates around its axis once every four minutes.


Staffelsee, Bavaria

Many lakes in the southern German state of Bavaria have stunning Alpine backdrops. The biggest, Chiemsee, covers an area of over 80 square kilometers. Staffelsee near Murnau is a lot smaller, but it is famous for its light conditions. Members of the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider), an artists’ group co-founded by Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky, lived and worked nearby.


Eibsee, Bavaria

Bavaria’s most spectacular mountain lake lies at the foot of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, at an altitude of 1,000 meters. Eibsee takes its name from the many yew trees that once surrounded it. You can walk around the lake, which is dotted with eight islands and has crystal clear water. The area can also be explored by mountain bike.


Dauner Maare, Rheinland-Pfalz

Dark blue and generally round in shape - they are known as the "eyes of the Eifel". Maare are lakes that have formed in volcanic craters. The Eifel region has more than 70 crater lakes. There is still some ongoing volcanic activity in the area. Every 30 minutes a geyser in the village of Wallenborn surges out of the ground, forming a three-meter high column of water.


Fühlinger See, Nordrhein-Westfalen

This man-made lake in the north of Cologne is very popular. There are different areas for a range of water sports. There is even a regatta course. The lake attracts up to 80,000 visitors on hot days. As well as sporting events, such as dragon boat races and triathlons, other events are also held there, such as open air concerts and medieval fairs.


Bleilochtalsperre, Thüringen

Germany’s biggest reservoir was created when the River Saale was dammed. A 28 kilometers long fjord landscape stretches beyond the 65-meter high dam. You can even take a three-day mini cruise there. The reservoir can hold 215 million cubic meters of water. Construction on the dam began in 1930. Burgk Castle (right) has overlooked the river for almost four centuries.


Edersee, Hessen

The special thing about this reservoir is that it is part of Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. The surrounding beech woodlands were included on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list in 2011 - a measure to conserve Europe’s ancient beech forests. Only electric boats are permitted on Edersee. You can dive there among the ruins of villages flooded to make way for the reservoir.


Lausitzer Seenland, Saxony

Europe’s biggest artificial lake complex is under construction in north-eastern Germany. The process of flooding the former open cast mining area will be completed soon. A chain of lakes will stretch more than 80 kilometers across Brandenburg and Saxony from west to east. Visitors are already flocking to the lakes’ beaches. And there is even floating five-star holiday accommodation.


Stechlinsee, Brandenburg

The lake was immortalized by the German writer Theodor Fontane who lyrically celebrated its beauty in his last novel called “The Stechlin”. Seventy meters deep and crystal clear, Lake Stechlin or Stechlinsee is a real gem among Brandenburg’s 3,000 or so lakes.


Müritz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has more than 2,000 lakes. The Müritz lies at the heart of its lake district and is Germany’s largest lake. Each year in spring and fall thousands of cranes descend on the Müritz National Park. You can travel from here by boat to Hamburg or Berlin via a complex network of waterways.

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