How students of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) envision Oslo year 2111:
|Oslo year 2111?|
Very important new article by James Howard Kunstler:
Skyscrapers are fetishes:
|Oslo year 2111?|
As we discussed, the problem is that the public has been intentionally misinformed for several decades, and thus needs to be educated today through a massive and determined effort. We are capable of building hypermodern buildings and urban spaces that match the healing and human qualities of the best examples from the past. But the architectural press and academia continue to insist with their inhuman forms, and to promote their favorite international architects who can only destroy cities.
The Gruppo Salingaros is ready to help Norway, but we need to work with a group of Norwegian writers, thinkers, and politicians. I hope this can be organised soon.
Here are some relevant writings that should be translated into Norwegian:
- Neuroscience, the Natural Environment, and Building Design
- Life and the Geometry of the Environment
- ARTICLES ON ARCHITECTURE, COMPLEXITY, PATTERNS, AND URBANISM
- Twelve Lectures On Architecture; Algorithmic Sustainable Design- Nikos A. Salingaros
|James Howard Kunstler|
I depart from a lot of current thinking on the subject. For instance, many people seem to think that there will be more of everything — more people, taller skyscrapers, greater suburbs, bigger airplanes, larger metro regions, or even super-gigantic slums. I don’t go along with this bundle of bull, except for the slums, which I think will be short-lived, contrary to the vision of popular author Mike Davis’s Planet of Slums. Of course, trends won’t proceed with the same timing everywhere in the world. But I think the general theme going forward, certainly in the U.S., will be the comprehensive contraction of just about everything.Read the whole article here.
When “A Pattern Language” was first published in 1977, architects immediately assumed that it was a design manual, and used it to generate some very interesting buildings. Those buildings, despite their positive human qualities, lack an overall coherence, and people did not understand why this was happening. The reason is that the Patterns provide essential and necessary constraints, and not a design method in itself. The actual design algorithm was developed by Alexander, but only many years later. – Twelve Lectures on Architecture, by Nikos A. Salingaros, page 106
"We are starting to understand the role that seepage through walls and through shared ventilation may impact tobacco smoke exposure in apartments," said Karen Wilson, M.D., MPH, author of the study and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Golisano Children's Hospital. "We see that children are being exposed in ways we are not picking up, and it's important, for their health, that we figure out where this exposure is taking place, and work to eliminate it. Multi-unit housing is one potential source, but a very important one.
What's fascinating about Generation OS13, and about the new culture of resistance in general, is that it's trying to carve out a new ideological niche that is firmly critical of our present world order without falling into the trap of the old-fashioned socialist or communist clichés. After all, we need new critiques, new narratives, new inspiration. - Jérôme E. Roos
Economic growth is part of the glue that holds together the social contract between the rich and poor, and between citizen and state. It stands behind our expectations of technology, the rise of China, population growth, and pensions. Growth shaped the specialisation of our occupational roles and the forms of social relations. It acclimatised us to increasing wealth, both personal and in the goods and services we expect from society and the state. We are now claiming as rights, services that only fifty years ago would have been considered miracles. It shaped our identity as the tormented consumer and the anxious lover. - David KorowiczEr det noe rart at våre politikere "digger" økonomisk vekst? Les hele artikkelen: In the world, at the limits to growth.
GDP is a good measure of the throughput of resources in an economy, or more bluntly, the rate of converting natural resources into waste. - Brent BlackwelderAllikevel, er det ikke tross alt bedre at samfunnet går opp i limingen enn at økosystemene gjør det? Lytt til det alvorlige budskapet fra forfatteren bak bestselgeren Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, av Jared Diamond.