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Extinct Beauty

The Urban Farm Handbook

The homepage of the book hereBook review here

60-års markering ved Raufoss kjøpesenter

Det er i år 60 år siden kjøpesenteret ble lansert av Victor Gruen i juniutgava av Progressive Architecture, i 1952. Denne artikkelen vakte stor interesse hos arkitekter, byplanleggere og eiendomsutviklere, og noen har foreslått Victor Gruen som verdens mest innflytelsesrike arkitekt. Han har i alle fall hatt stor innflytelse for utviklinga av Gjøvik sentrum de siste åra, en utvikling Raufoss sentrum nå følger opp med brask og bram i anledning 60-års markeringa for kjøpesenterkonseptet, med lanseringa av en kraftig utvidelse av Raufoss kjøpesenter.

CC Gjøvik har gitt en dominoeffekt for omlandet, hvor man gjør alt for å stoppe handelslekkasjen, helst med nye og større kjøpesentre. Hvor lenge blir det planlagte COOP-minisenteret på Lena et "minisenter"? Har man som kjent gitt en viss person lillefingeren griper han raskt hele hånda.

Er vi tjent med å sperre inne urbant liv og samspillet mellom mennesker under institusjonslignende forhold? Er innkapslinga av stadig flere aspe…

Modernisme som religionssubstitutt

Flott innlegg av Audun Engh ang. kirkedebatten i Dag og Tid. Finnes i nr. 25, 21. - 28. juni 2012.

Towards a Cooperative, Small scale, Local, P2P Production Future

Towards a Cooperative, Small scale, Local, P2P Production Future

View more presentations from Simone Cicero Now that the need for large-scale production is disappearing due to the crystalline democratization of the means of production — now only linked to the time factor which is exponentially compressed every day — the cooperative revolution underway has placed people, as actors in their communities, at the centre of the act of production, humanizing it. Simone Cicero
- The Revolution at hand

Circular City

Jem Bendell on Rebuilding a Financial System by Ourselves

Cooperatives as an Alternative Economic Model

Robin Murray explores the potential of co-ops to form the basis of an alternative economy



The first great surge of co-operation took place in Britain at the dawn of the age of railways in the 1840s. It was a consumer co-operation of the industrial working class. Within 50 years it had grown into a network of more than 1,000 retail co-ops and a wholesale society that had become the largest corporate organisation in the world. By the first world war, British co-ops accounted for 40 per cent of food distribution. They owned their own factories, farms, shipping lines, banks, an insurance company and even a tea plantation in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The co-operative movement was, in the vision of one of its inspired organisers J T W Mitchell, on the way to developing an alternative economy.

Read the whole article at Red Pepper: A different way of doing things

St. Martini in Bischhausen

Den fullendte konsumenten

Narkomanen är den fulländade konsumenten, liksom narkotika är den perfekta varan. Det narkotiska medlet är en ren kemisk kod som skapar en ögonblicklig välfärd hos brukaren. Det är dock inte nog med det: narkotika är kraftigt fysiskt och psykiskt vanebildande och kräver att intas i allt större doser för att förbli verksamt. Narkomanen gör nästan vad som helst för att få fatt i sitt medel. Det tar över hela hans eller hennes liv. Därför uppfattar vi narkomanen som ynklig och förtappad, men i princip är vi alla fångade i samma sorts fälla. Vår materiella överkonsumtion drivs av behovet av att fylla och dämpa en olidlig tomhet. Det är en djupt beroendeskapande flykt från livets realiteter och liksom narkomanen är vi utom förmåga att erkänna många av de ödeläggande konsekvenserna för vår välfärd. Narkomanin som fenomen skrämmer oss för att vi känner igen oss i narkomanens förhållande till sitt medel. Skönhetens Befrielse av Morten Skriver, s. 70
Relatert: Ungdommer som drikker lever i øy…

Golfspillets sanne (u)natur

Golfbanan är troligen en mycket exakt bild på den moderna människans föreställning om ett idealt landskap. Man kan säga att anledningen till denna sorts anläggningar är att naturens mysterium tråkar ut oss och därför har vi skapat en överskådlig och reducerad topografi som kan placeras var som helst i världen. Golfspelet ger oss därnäst möjligheten att instrumentalt behärska detta konstgjorda landskap så att vi inte vid någon tidpunkt behöver öppna oss för omgivningarna. Golf är en enkel, målinriktad och kvantifierbar förströelse. En vandringstur med ett inlagt spel. Golfbanans konstbevattnade och kemiskt vidmakthållna ordning liknar ett slags natur, men dess dragningskraft består i att den är ett uttryck för en total kontroll över naturen. Det är en konstruktion som summerar den teknologiska civilisationens systematiska förvandling av världen till en avgränsad mängd standardiserade och lättigenkännliga konsumtionsvaror. Skönhetens Befrielse av Morten Skriver, s. 57

The 15 Properties of Living Structures

The following text is written by Règis Medina:

Alexander has studied extensively what properties were exhibited by living structures. He compared hundreds, maybe thousands of structures, trying to understand each time what living structures had that lifeless ones had not.

Over time, he came up with a list of 15 properties. These properties are different kind of relationships between centers that help create a living structure. The more the centers of a given design reinforce themselves through these 15 properties, the more life the structure will have.

These properties are the following:
Levels of scaleStrong centersBoundariesAlternating repetitionPositive spaceGood shapeLocal SymmetriesDeep interlock & ambiguityContrastGradientsRoughnessEchoesThe VoidSimplicity and Inner CalmNot-separateness I will only present a few of them here, in particular those that I find relevant to the field of software. For a complete description, there's probably no substitute for a thorough reading…

Does Cooperation Require Both Reciprocity and Alike Neighbors?

"Without population structure, cooperation based on repetition is unstable," Garcia explains one of the main findings. This is especially true for humans, where repetition occurs regularly and who live in fluid, but not totally unstructured populations. A pinch of population structure helps a lot if repetition is present. "Therefore, the recipe for human cooperation might be: a bit of structure and a lot of repetition," says Julian Garcia. This phenomenon results in a high average level of cooperation. - Science DailyDoes Cooperation Require Both Reciprocity and Alike Neighbors?

Skjønnhetens befrielse

Jeg har tidligere blitt anbefalt boka Skønhetens Befrielse og tenkte nå jeg skulle google den, til min store glede fant jeg at boka finnes fritt tilgjengelig som e-bok i svensk oversettelse:
- Skönhetens befrielse (fri pdf-bok)

Her følger en liten introduksjon til boka i dansk språkdrakt:
De sammenbrud i jordens økologiske systemer som vi i disse år er vidne til, får stadig flere til at indse fornuften i at skifte spor. Spørgsmålet er, hvorfor der stadig ikke rigtig sker noget.  Svaret er nok det enkle, at det altid er lettere at forsætte med business as usual. Både dem der har megen magt og dem der har mindre magt har investeret så meget i den nuværende model for vækst og velstand, at det vil kræve en betydelig indsats at skifte retning.  Både i naturen og i kulturen udrydder vi artsrigdom og mangfoldighed til fordel for kommerciel ensretning og materiel vækst. Løsningen på problemet er ikke teknologisk, men kræver en ny måde at se verden på. Vi bliver nødt til at forstå livet som en…

Alice of Monsterland

Unfortunately I'm not allowed by Metropolis Magazine to defend myself against Alice's horrible accusations. She's definitely not Alice of Wonderland, as she clings to the monsters of Le Corbusier, the great city destroyer, and I would add the great fairy-tail destroyer, as no fairy tails can survive in his machine-world!


I'm just happy I didn't live 25 years next door to Alice, and if I did I would just waited for a chance to run. Anyway, here is my answer to Alice:

Well, Alice, I could have "cherry-picked" 253 other items if you liked: http://www.jacana.plus.com/pattern/P0.htm

Yes, you are right, New Urbanism isn't really enough integrating, that's why I wrought my article Integrated Design: http://permaculture.org.au/2010/10/06/integrated-design/

But if I should have written it now I would probably have called it Integrative Ecosocial Design: http://permaliv.blogspot.no/2011/10/integrative-ecosocial-design.html

Even Christopher Alexander thinks …

Totenbygdene mot Totenåsen

Matindustrien i ferd med å oppfylle sitt mål!

Min kommentar på Forskning.no:

Skrevet av Øyvind, 2012-06-06 08:02:27
The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption. Patrons of the entertainment industry, for example, entertain themselves less and less and have become more and more passively dependent on commercial suppliers. This is certainly true also of patrons of the food industry, who have tended more and more to be mere consumers — passive, uncritical, and dependent. Indeed, this sort of consumption may be said to be one of the chief goals of industrial production. The food industrialists have by now persuaded millions of consumers to prefer food that is already prepared. They will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into our mouth is only because they have found no profitable way to do so. We may rest assured that they would be glad to find such a way. The ideal industrial food consumer would be stra…

Using the Pattern Technology of Christopher Alexander to Realize Ted Trainer's Vision of a Market in Balance With the Human Scale

My comment on the PRI-article on Ted Trainer:
My second concern is a more technical one, arising out of critical legal theory. In the passages quoted above, Trainer refers regularly to ‘the market’ or ‘the market system’ as if these were concepts with clear and unambiguous meanings. ‘The market is about maximising,’ he tells us, and when he writes that growth and ‘the market’ are incompatible, the implication is that ‘the market’ has one and only one meaning. But as I have argued at length elsewhere (Alexander, 2011c: Ch. 2) and implied above, there is no such thing as the market, if that is meant to imply a determinate structure that all market societies share. Given that ‘the market’ is an indeterminate concept, there are actually infinite varieties of market systems, each of which augment or diminish human freedom to varying degrees. Markets driven by profit-maximisation are but one variety, albeit the dominant form today. The question, therefore, is not a black and white one of ‘fr…

Four Ways to Understand Transformation and Evolution Towards a Sustainable Society

How Much Urbanism is Enough? (On the necessity of sacred places)

Thoughtful article by Kaid Benfield on the interaction of privacy and publicity. "Everybody has a hungry heart" it goes in one of Bruce Springsteen's songs. We need sacred places just as much as public spaces. Sacred space and intimacy gradients are important topics in Alexander's A Pattern Language.

- How much urbanism is enough?

The website of Sacred Places: www.opensacred.org

Tsjekkiske Český Krumlov har mottatt turistbransjens svar på Oscar-statuetten

Mens fjordbyen Oslo mer og mer tar form av helvetets forstad, er det en lise for sjelen at det fremdeles finnes steder som Český Krumlov å reise til. Les mer hos ABC-nyheter:

- Denne byen har fått turismens Oscar

Nye Deichmanske bibliotek er nihilistisk antikultur på sitt verste

Akk og ve! Jeg orker ikke å kommentere dette her. Modernistenes jerngrep om fjordbyen Oslo er totalt. Dette er nihilistisk ideologi på sitt verste, den modernistliberalistiske statens sanne ansikt. Behring Breiviks frykt for islam er det reine vrøvl, det er modernistene, representert ved den norske stat, som er våre sanne fiender.


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