Summer 2019

As a side effect of its behavior, humanity is changing the world. The effects of this new era are not just territorial or climatic: they’re philosophical, cultural, anthropological—in one word, structural. We won’t easily get away with this, but we should not despair either. Now what?

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Who is responsible for the climate crisis?

It’s not the failure of a species, it’s the failure of a system.

by Jason Moore

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Beyond meat

Soon, natural resources will not be enough to feed us. Here’s how synthetic biology could help.

by Sridhar Iyengar

Environment & Sustainability

Chronicles of a fading-out civilization

How can a civilization teach itself how to die?

by Alice Azzolini

Environment & Sustainability

The end of boundaries

Drawing lines is a cultural practice that puts us, and our view of reality, on the map.

by Riccardo Coluccini

Environment & Sustainability

Green activism

A responsible business grows thanks to corporate activism, not despite it.

by Gianluca Pandolfo

Environment & Sustainability

Two minutes to midnight

The methane once trapped into tundra ice is evaporating. Rainfalls, flooding and hurricanes are increasing. Will we survive?

by Carlo Carraro

Environment & Sustainability

A brief history of the anthropocene

We live in an age marked by climate change, pollution, ecosystem crisis, depletion of natural resources, and epidemics.

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Climate change needs a new definition

Defining Anthropocene as a geological era defines a feature of “modern” humans. It’s time to face the facts.

by Etienne Turpin


Cabin porn

Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, some people have decided that they were better off away from humankind and its issues.

by Matteo Scanni

Environment & Sustainability

How on earth did we get here?

Explorers and adventurers can bridge the gap between nature and our understanding of it.

by Alex Bellini


Critical design will make our lives better

Critical design leverages fiction and speculative design to challenge our theories and preconceptions about everyday objects.

by Lorenzo Ruggieri


Turning pollution into stone

Reducing, or zeroing greenhouse gas emissions won’t be enough to mitigate climate warming, is removing carbon dioxide the answer?

by Louise Charles

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Environment & Sustainability

The Great Acceleration

Environmental history is often considered to be peripheral, but it can teach us a lot about the times we’re living in.

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What is advanced fission?

Mostly developed over the last two decades, it was meant to produce cheap and clean energy.

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Culture & Society

In praise of sci-fi determinism

Is the future so utterly scary just because we can’t imagine a better one?

by Alice Azzolini


Unchain the supply chain

Contributing up to 29% of global emissions, the food industry is one of the most polluting. How can we curb this?

by Marc Buckley

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Peel that packaging off

As the war against plastic reaches new heights, we are urged to find viable and cheap alternatives for food packaging.

by Daphna Nissenbaum


Lords of food

Turning food into a commodity could be the worst idea humankind has ever had.

a conversation with Stefano Liberti

Environment & Sustainability

Our last chance

There are boundaries that we must not cross not only in regard to climate change but also concerning the terrestrial ecosystem.

by Andrea Signorelli

Environment & Sustainability

Death to the jackals

Climate profiteers might seem to all belong to the same category of entrepreneurs, but not all are helping the green revolution.

by Alberto Tundo


It’s the end of the world

Post-apocalyptic videogames play a pivotal role in visually representing to our deepest fears and shaping potential solutions.

by Andrea Deluca

Environment & Sustainability

What are microplastics?

Microplastics have rapidly become an issue of concern for both human and non-human’s health. But what are they exactly?

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Each issue of maize is an aesthetic monograph, which explores a central topic through compelling interviews, reports, short stories, personal essays and visuals. This magazine is for those who love open discussions, philosophical ideas, and contemporary thoughts. It is also for those who are eager to discover new ways to develop foresight, be inspired, make informed decisions, and participate in the innovation process—all while staying human.