Ny forskning viser at hjernen automatisk rangerer lukter etter behag og ubehag, og at denne rangeringen er lik for alle mennesker. Christopher Alexander mener vi har den samme egenskapen i møte med god og dårlig arkitektur, og at "velluktende" og "illeluktende" arkitektur rangeres likt av alle mennesker, vel å merke som ikke har fått "sløvet" sansene av modernistisk propaganda. Dette basert på våre nedarvede neurale instinkter, eller overlevelsesinnstinkter. Når alt kommer til alt er vi evolvert ut av naturen. Det er dette The Phenomenon of Life, av Christopher Alexander, omhandler. Ei bok vel verdt å lese!
We assumed from the beginning that everything was based on the real nature of human feeling and - this is the unusual part - that human feeling is mostly the same…. in every person…[T]he pattern language is …a record of that stuff in us which belongs to the ninety percent of our feeling, where our feelings are all the same. - Christopher Alexander
Scale is fundamental to urban design. If you get it right, and achieve a well-proportioned space between buildings, you have a sound basis to build upon. Even if the architecture is far from perfect, the public realm you create can be decent and comfortable. If you get the scale wrong and your master plan is built, even the most lustrous architecture won’t remediate the failure of space-making; people might still use it for utilitarian reasons (think the parking lot of a Wal-Mart), but will not enjoy it. - Galina Tachieva
But living now in relative abundance, when the whole world is a shopping mall and our appetites are no longer constrained by limited resources, our craving for reward--be that for money, the fat and sugar of fast food, or for the novel gadgetry of modern technology--has become a liability and a hunger that has no bounds. Our nature has no built-in braking system. More is never enough.- Peter C. Whybrow
An excellent summary by Slavoj Zizek. I could not have written a better one myself. Of course, there exists a fundamental disagreement between my group of architect/philosopher friends, many of them Alexandrians (after Christopher Alexander), and most contemporary architects and academics. We believe that architecture is an extension of human cognition and symbiotic interaction with the environment. The latter group, on the contrary, believe in severing this millennial connection so as to create a hostile inhuman environment that expresses certain human psychoses. Contemporary architects don’t quite put it in this way, but either they are being dishonest, or they are fooling themselves. - Nikos A. Salingaros
We live in an era when ideals of human rights have moved centre stage both politically and ethically. A great deal of energy is expended in promoting their significance for the construction of a better world. But for the most part the concepts circulating do not fundamentally challenge hegemonic liberal and neoliberal market logics, or the dominant modes of legality and state action. We live, after all, in a world in which the rights of private property and the profit rate trump all other notions of rights. I here want to explore another type of human right, that of the right to the city.The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transform…
Tracing this golden thread of wisdom and the inner need to maintain harmony in the world and within ourselves demonstrates how beautifully this principle has been woven into the fabric of Western civilization. Clearly the idea is not some wishy-washy, New Age invention of the late twentieth century. Far from it. It is a very precise priniple indeed acknowledged as central by some of the greatest thinkers the world has ever seen. From Pythagoras and Plato to Shakespeare and Ficino, from Giorgione, Bach and Handel to Wordsworth, Poussin and Blake, all of these great artists were very clear that there is a harmony to the world that must be maintained.
Flott leserbrev fra Forum for natur og friluftsliv i Oppland! Hensynet til biologisk mangfold, livet i og rundt elvene har måttet vike for et stadig økende kraftbehov. I dag er to tredeler av våre største vassdrag regulert, sju av de ti høyeste fossene er lagt i rør, 21 av de 25 største innsjøene er regulerte og 130 av de 200 største vassdragene utbygd.Les hele innlegget her.
Renata Salecl: The Paradox of Choice (Animated). From the RSA.
I recently moved into a new house and had to choose from a list of about 30 energy suppliers. Who has time and motivation to go through such a list to find the best supplier for you? To make it simple I just asked my father which supplier he used, and picked the same one.
According to David Braden, Ellen discusses 9 aspects of “Life’s /Eco/nomic Survival Protocol” that continuously puts life into upward spiral in spite of the geologic history of crises that life has faced. Her analysis is insightful and fascinating.
In this first part, we reproduce a short interview with the author by Robert Jensen:
Norge er i dag den siste sosialdemokratiske svale (i alle fall som er i godt hold), foret av store kapitalinnput fra olje, gass, fisk og bergverksdrift. Som sådan er vi som en magnet på våre omgivelser, Sverige, Polen, de baltiske land etc., og vår befolkning er forventet å passere 6 mill. innen år 2030 (selv i dag har vi kun en selvforsyningsgrad på ca 35 prosent).
Norge i dag er en illusjon, den siste sosialdemokratiske illusjon. Alternativet er ikke kapitalismen, men INTEGRATIV ECOSOSIAL DESIGN! (Dette begrepet skal jeg komme tilbake til seinere.)
Our educated world remains ignorant about the distinction between science and technology, unfortunately. Science helps us understand the universe and ourselves. Technology applies scientific results to master processes that we can manipulate so as to better our lives. It is also applied to kill people directly, destroy nature, and threaten our own survival. Or to save us from our stupidity. Tools can be used for either good or evil. Modernism, in my view, was a massive but unscientific application of technology to shape the world into an industrial image. It was unscientific because no thought was ever given to discovering how human beings interact with their environment, or whether we need certain specific geometrical features like we need nourishment and air, or to understanding how human being interact with each other to create a city. Modernist architects just drew forms on paper that looked like machines, and those in power built them. Again, to show the total lack of science her…
I love the way John Michael Greer’s latest book, The Wealth of Nature, opens, with a good skewering of the premise on which the modern pseudo-science of economics depends. Exposing 18th century philosopher Adam Smith’s thinking in The Wealth of Nations as flawed, Greer goes on to explain what Smith missed, why it’s important, and how we can turn the error in history around. - Lindsay Curren
Ikke nok med at trær binder store mengder CO2, de bidrar også betydelig til å kjøle ned atmosfæren gjennom fordampning. Skogene kan berge vårt klima! — Scientists have long debated about the impact on global climate of water evaporated from vegetation. New research from Carnegie's Global Ecology department concludes that evaporated water helps cool Earth as a whole, not just the local area of evaporation, demonstrating that evaporation of water from trees and lakes could have a cooling effect on the entire atmosphere. These findings, published Sept. 14 in Environmental Research Letters, have major implications for land-use decision making. - Science DailyLes artikkelen: Water Evaporated from Trees Cools Global Climate, Researchers Find
As is clear from the title, the book argues that modern neoclassical economics is a mask for power and greed, a construct designed to justify the status quo. Its claim to serve the common good is specious, and its claim to scientific status is fraudulent. - Herman Daly, The Daly News
Personlig er jeg elendig til å selge mine ideer, særlig muntlig. I forsamlinger makter jeg ikke å fange interessen, og trekker meg vanligvis raskt tilbake i meg selv. Mangler jeg fullstendig all sjarm og medfødte evner? Eller er dette noe som kan læres? I USA er retorikk et viktig skolefag, selv kan jeg ikke huske å ha vært borti temaet gjennom min skolegang.
Uannsett, australske Michelle Bowden kan muligens komme med noen gode tips til hvordan å fenge interessen, hvordan å selge dine ideer i en konkurransepreget verden. "Michelle is Australia’s presentation skills expert. She’ll show you how to present your ideas and influence people using techniques that actually work."
Tinnitus, en vanlig årsak til selvmord, kan ifølge dagens utgave av Science Daily trolig kureres ved å reprogrammere understimulerte neuronbaner i hjernen. According to coauthor Shaowen Bao, adjunct assistant professor in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, tinnitus -- pronounced TIN-it-tus or tin-NIGHT-us -- is most commonly caused by hearing loss. Sustained loud noises, as from machinery or music, as well as some drugs can damage the hair cells in the inner ear that detect sounds. Because each hair cell is tuned to a different frequency, damaged or lost cells leave a gap in hearing, typically a specific frequency and anything higher in pitch.
Experiments in the past few years have shown that the ringing doesn't originate in the inner ear, though, but rather in regions of the brain -- including the auditory cortex -- that receives input from the ear.
Bao's experiments in rats with induced hearing loss explain why the neurons in the auditory cortex generate …
I just got an email from Tracy Gayton about their new village project in Maine, USA. Is it possible to create something like this in Norway? Visit their Facebook profile here. Read my article on Village Towns here.
This proposal is to create a compact, car-free, village of 125 acres, on a site totaling 500 acres in southern Piscataquis County. Development of the site would be guided by a set of zoning and building covenants specifically composed to create a space, as it is built out, to resemble traditional villages of Europe and early North America, in which foot or bicycle was the primary or sole method of... transportation. This site would be declared a car-free zone. Motor vehicles would be parked at the perimeter of the development in a green belt of at least 375 acres, which would also be acquired as part of this project. The green belt, other than the area designated for vehicle parking, would also be a zone for allotment gardens, small scale agricultu…
Download the Food and Democracy e-book
Regular contributorMarcin Gerwin has put together an excellent collection of articles to create a highly readable e-book focusing on food sovereignty — the necessity for it, the challenges to achieve it, and the solutions associated with it.
Produced by 17 authors from around the world, attacking the same topic and interconnected issues from different angles, this is a great read and is not only a valuable overview of the crisis we face but ships with excellent holistic suggestions for how we can extricate ourselves from it.
Peak Oil: Security policy implications
of scarce resources Download PDF (1.77mb)In previous articles (here and here) we’ve linked to the German language version of a study recently undertaken by the German military on the topic of peak oil, and we also linked to a couple of English summary-only translations as well. Now we can link you to a full English translation!
It’s great that this landmark document is being made more accessible.
It’s quite a fascinating analysis, where you can begin to envision some of the oft-not-discussed implications of peak oil — like how oil can be used by producer states as a weapon to enforce their particular ideologies and/or political and economic agendas on oil-dependent states. Current allegiances between nations may be broken up and reshuffled as politicians prioritise good relationships with oil-rich countries, not matter what those countries…