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Fifteen Properties of Living Structures

Nes kirke i Akershus

Kommentar hos Forskning om kvinners deltagelse i arbeidslivet

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19682010om noen sekunder Sentralstatens nedgangstid, som for de fleste land allerede har startet, vil gi en retur til mer tradisjonelle samfunnsmodeller:http://www.kulturverk.com/2013... Senest i forgårs så jeg en BBC-dokumentar som bekrefter at kvinner velger de beste jegerne, dette gjelder også i dag, forsøk viste at kvinnene vurderer menn etter de samme jegerkriteriene i dag som i tradisjonelle stammesamfunn, det er bare ikke like åpenbart. Mennene drar ut på jobb for å jakte, i dag representert ved symbolviltet penger. Kvinnene holder seg hjemme i landsbyen, i grupper. Derfor, vil man satse på kvinnearbeidsplasser må disse finnes i nærmiljøet, hvor kvinnene kan finne sammen i grupper sammen med barna. Barnehagemodellen er en dårlig modell, barnehagene må integreres i kvinners arbeid, nærmiljø og kvinnegrupper. Dette er også utgangspunktet for økolandsbymodellen, en annen gren av feminismen som er så MYE mer konstruktiv enn LO-modellen.

Kommentar til Joacim Lund om kvinners deltidsarbeid

19682010for noen sekunder siden

"Det er bra for deg selv, for alle andre damer og resten av samfunnet om du jobber full tid. Klipp håret og skaff deg en jobb! - Joacim Lund Joacim, her snakker du mot bedre vitende. Terje Bongard skriver følgende: "En arbeidsplass i dag innebærer i praksis en fare for etterkommerne, i stedet for å bygge trygghet for framtida." Se: http://permaliv.blogspot.no/20... Ved å tvinge kvinnene til å arbeide mer undergraver de sine barns framtid. Hvorfor vil LO-lederen at vi skal arbeide mer. Bongard gir det klare, men ubehagelige svaret også på dette: "I denne settingen jobber forskning, private og offentlige institusjoner i alle land kortsiktig og enøyd med «verdiskaping, innovasjon og utvikling av nye markeder», med formål å produsere flere dingser, reiser, forbruk eller tjenester som skal konkurrere ut andre. Arbeidsplasser brukes som skalkeskjul. Bærekraftig industri blir aldri satset på om det ikke er profittgivende; målet for hele ø…

En kommentar fra meg om Lambda (Monsteret vender tilbake)

19682010 Morten Jensenfor 2 timer siden

Det er uvitenskapelig å hevde at alt er smak og meninger, dessverre er den relativistiske ånd høyst levende. Arkitektur er, eller rettere sagt skulle vært, vitenskap. Dagens arkitektur er ikke vitenskapelig fundert, dette er samtidens største tragedie, da arkitekturen er det fysiske utgangspunktet for utfoldensen av livet. For de som ønsker en arkitektur for livet, og ikke for eliten, har det kommet ei splitter ny, tungt vitenskapelig fundamentert bok om temaet: http://www.math.utsa.edu/~yxk8... Her er et sitat:
“‘Unified Architectural Theory’ is not theory at all. It is evidence. It lets us see how until recently we have always designed and built. We’ve built buildings and spaces and towns that reflect the order in our genes, in the biological world we’re part of. We’ve felt at home in them because their order makes space for our body and our soul. Now we rediscover how to build a world that does not alienate us from who we are, a world that …

Spillemann med trekkspill

The English Embankment in Saint Petersburg

Før husmorvinduets inntreden

Canons at Fredriksten Fortress

Stone Paved Path at Fredriksten Fortress

Halden Railroad Station

Halden Town, Norway

The Walking Street of Halden, Norway

Fredriksten Fortress in Halden

Herlig ornamentering

Svalestup, av Peder Aadnes

Gråtass

Bekkeblom

Porten mot Iddefjorden

Hodeskallemerket

Moderne

Blomst på Fredriksten

One of the Pervasive Bad Habits of Western Thought

Rita, it's one of the pervasive bad habits of Western thought to assume that all other societies are on a track that leads to us -- this is what's implied by claims, for example, that Afghanistan is "still in the Middle Ages" (our Middle Ages, of course) or that hunter-gatherer tribes are "still in the Stone Age." Thus the insistence by Western elites that everyone else ought to use the same political forms we have, whether they work or not. - John Michael Greer

To "be Realistic"—that is, to Scrap any Serious Challenge to the Existing Order of Society and Focus on a Narrowly Defined Agenda Instead

Christian fundamentalism and the environmental movement had far more political clout even in their idealistic early phases, and so had to be bought off; in both cases this was done, as it’s usually done, by dangling the bait of money and influence in front of organizations and spokespersons in the movement who were willing to "be realistic"—that is, to scrap any serious challenge to the existing order of society and focus on a narrowly defined agenda instead. John Michael Greer

Humanity’s Salvation Lies in the Correct Application of Scientific Theory to Architecture

I thank Maureen Mullarkey for these supporting and insightful comments on my latest essay with Michael Mehaffy.

This post raises profound points of disagreement on the possible solutions to our civilization’s decline, however.

I happen to be an architectural theorist as well as a scientist. My new book, “Unified Architectural Theory” (just being proofread), was written because I am convinced that humanity’s salvation lies in the correct application of scientific theory to architecture. Furthermore, I argue that the so-called “theory” used up until now is just cult doctrine and ideology, which is what has destroyed our culture.

Many of us agree on the urgency of the problem, and on the problem itself, but not on the solution. And I believe that people’s mistrust of theory is misplaced — the dominant discourse today in artistic circles is pseudo-theory, and should be condemned for its pretension.

For Robert: CAD programs used today are like loaded firearms: you can use one to protect y…

NEW EU-LAW: Illegal to grow, reproduce or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by a new “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

From The Corporate Enclosure of Seeds Intensifies:

"The enclosure of seeds took another nasty turn this week as ag-biotech companies sought to make it illegal to grow, reproduce or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by a new “EU Plant Variety Agency.” In effect, unauthorized gardening or farming would be prohibited. The noose of proprietary control over natural processes grows tighter!

The ostensible reason for the new EU law is to fix the “complexity and fragmentation” of existing legislation covering seeds. Different EU countries have different seed laws, causing “uncertainties and discrepancies” in market practices and regulatory enforcement. The new law is supposedly needed to “harmonize” the laws, and in so doing, “reduce cost and administrative burdens and support innovation.”

But the upshot of the new law is to squeeze out commons-based alternatives to proprietary seeds. Again, the commons is seen as a form of unwanted competition t…

The Commons are Vital for Maintaining Ecosystems and Farmland

Kagan and the other justices proved what relics they truly are. They actually think that innovation only emerges from the incentives of private property rights and market exchange. They do not comprehend that commons are vital for maintaining ecosystems and farmland, and for giving farmers a responsible, interactive role with respect to land. It is no surprise that American agriculture has degenerated into a kind of “factory,” treating soil and seed as inert things, and ignoring the nasty market “externalities” that such a mentality invariably produces.

The Court didn’t address these issues, of course. Not legally germane. Nor did the Court address the fact that Monsanto will dominate the seed market even more, now that its patents extend from one generation of seeds to the next and the next. This ruling will entrench a monoculture of crops and Monsanto’s oligopoly powers.

The folly of “human law” is that nature’s law always has the last say. And as crops become less robust afte…

Boredom & Behaviour

Not long ago at a conference I was asked whether I thought that boredom was an important cause of bad, and worse than bad, behaviour. I said that I thought that it probably was, though I could not positively prove it. At any rate, those who behave badly often claim to do so because they are bored, and no one claims to behave well because he is bored. Theodore Dalrymple

An Architect's Home (Not a Single Pattern to be Found)

Arkader på Gjøvik Gård

Pavlovakake

The complete Streets Movement

Recently, the concept of "complete streets" has gained some political ground. The complete street movement advocates that all streets should be safe and accessible for everyone - regardless of if you're a motorist, a cyclist, or a pedestrian. A complete street tries to encorporate as many features as possible - sidewalks, bicycle lanes, cross walks, and traffic lights - to accommodate every potential mode of transportation that could use that street. While I do agree with the underlying concept of making streets safe and accessible, I am somewhat doubtful that the complete street should be idolized as the ultimate form to base all streets off of. Read article:
The Complete Street

Gjøvik High School with a Poor Information Environment

But what does this mean, in human terms? Countless studies have established that the rearing environment dramatically impacts brain growth in children. In 1994 the Carnegie Task Force issued a report warning that children raised in experientially poor environments suffer permanent setbacks as compared to those raised in richer, more enhanced environments. This was in line with the Head Start program begun several decades earlier in the US. Turning to philosophy and robotics gives us a new insight into what might be going on. In 1998, A. Clark and D. Chalmers proposed the “extended mind” concept, where the workings of our mind actually extend beyond the brain and into our surroundings. An interplay takes place between our thoughts and internal memories, and knowledge and information stored outside yet within ready reach. Mobile robots do, in fact, use their environment as their memory — they have no stored internal memory, and thus save enormous computational overhead. Rodney Brooks’ …

Intelligence and the Information Environment

By Michael W. Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros

Looked at in a certain way, the human environment is a kind of massive delivery system for critically useful information. It gives us information about obvious concerns, like where we are, where we need to go, where we might find food, where to look out for dangers (speeding cars, unsafe drop-offs, etc.) and many other things. And more subtly but importantly, it tells us where we will most likely feel safe and well. It now seems that when we find an environment beautiful, a form of integrated higher-level information telling us something important about the structure of the place, it is likely that it’s doing something positive for us. A grove of delicious ripe fruit is likely to be much more beautiful than one of diseased trees and rotted fruit — and that’s no coincidence. Our aesthetic discernments have evolved as sophisticated assessments of what is likely to be in our best interest as organisms. Put simply, we have a natural hunger for…

Industrial Civilization is Killing Our Future off and Yet We Cannot Walk Away

My internal answer seems impossible to live up to and I feel this is the same problem that everyone living INSIDE industrial civilization comes to. "It's too hard." "I can't. I have X responsibility." Industrial civilization is killing our future off and yet we cannot walk away, like addicts in full knowledge of their addiction, still helpless. - Nathan

Våningshus med gamle tuntrær

Kvitveisbakken

Sørum kirke

Alatskivi Castle

Become Entrepreneurial. Work Locally. Be Productive. Network.

[Simone Cicero] : Are GenYrs and Millennials ready for this cultural leap forward (or backwards, depending on how do you see it)?

[John Robb] : Some. Many are constrained by old ways of thinking. For example: The idea that political action can actually change our trajectory. Or, the best way to ensure a uncertain future is to get a safe government or big company job. Both are wrong!

The best way forward is to become entrepreneurial. Work locally. Be productive. Network. The future will unfold before you. John Robb

How Far is the “Bright Future”?

[Simone Cicero] : Despite your theories are often referred as radically pessimistic you often evoke a “bright” future ahead of us: why should this future be so bright with the premises we all know? How far from us is this positive future really?

[John Robb] : There is definitely a group of people that can’t imagine a way to live other than how we’ve lived in the last 60 years. They like it and want it to continue as is. To them, a world that doesn’t work nearly the same as it does today must always result in a Zombie Apocalypse.

As a result, anybody that says the system is broken and needs replacement is a pessimist. It also restricts all positive views of the future to mere fixes to the current system (usually through behavioral or technological transformation).

However, I’m a pragmatist and an entrepreneur. I don’t have time to wishful thinking these people engage in. When I see something that’s broken and in decline, I see it as an opportunity to build something better. Something tha…

En historie fra Talmud

Jeg er overbevist om at Vårherre driver denne verden og at det finnes en Gud. Han venter at vi skal delta i hans fortsatte skaperverk og gjøre verden stadig bedre, sier Kahan, og illustrerer poenget med en historie fra Talmud.

En general kom til rabbi Akiva - en jødisk lærd som levde like etter Jesu tid - og spurte hvem som utrettet de beste ting på jorden, Gud eller mennesker. Rabbien sa han skulle svare når han hadde vært hjemme hos kona. Da han kom tilbake, hadde han med seg et fat der det på den ene siden var korn, og på den andre siden en kake kona hadde bakt. "Nå kan du smake hva som er best. Det ene har Gud skapt, det andre har kona skapt." - Herman Kahan, intervju i Vårt Land 4. mai 2013

New Free E-Book: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages

Book: The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages by Jean Gimpel:http://www.scribd.com/doc/84853370/Jean-Gimpel-The-Medieval-Machine-the-Industrial-Revolution-of-the-Middle-Ages

An important classic of technological history, now available in full text at Scribd:
The Middle Ages, writes French scholar Jean Gimpel, saw an extraordinary flourishing of technological development throughout Europe. With the era came waterwheels and clock towers, nearly uniform machine parts and improvements in public hygiene, vaulting cathedrals and towering city walls, and a notion of spiritual and earthly progress that promised better things to come. In analyzing the growth of precision in measurement and of the experimental sciences, and in considering the careers of medieval geniuses such as the architect-inventor Villard de Honnecourt, Gimpel clearly conveys the intellectual excitement of the time. Sadly, it was undone by religious intolerance, brutal warfare, and the arrival of …

The World is Collapsing in Front of Our Eyes

Ouromboros, exactly! The decline that's already taking place around us doesn't have any big explosions or fireworks; that's why so many people are so terrified of it, and invent a flurry of imaginary catastrophes and utopias to distract themselves from the fact that we're already in the Long Descent -- that this is what collapse looks like. - John Michael Greer

GIVE, the Global Villages Movement

From P2P-Foundation.

GIVE aims for Globally Integrated Village Environments, and is an initiative by Franz Nahrada to promote the expansion of Global Villages

Here below, Franz explains its sevens strategic imperatives:

Our seven themes in detail:

(1) Global Villegiatura – Trans Market Economies
“In a time when fewer and fewer productive industries supply the global markets with the full range of industrial basic goods, we have to understand that it is not feasible any more to make it the general rule of behaviour to export and sell values, lifestyles, commodities and ideologies to survive. We are far too many and too productive to do business as usual and waste our wealth in warfare economies. (We see the historical example of Venice which was a maritime trader nation, but vigourously engaged in land cultivation when it lost its sea power. The term “Villegiatura” was coined for the rediscovery of the hinterland, a cultural revolution into beauty and thriving cultural landscapes, and s…

New and Old Bridge

These two bridges are situated on the same site, at Minnesund across Vorma River. I hope you too can feel the peace of the old bridge and the cold starkness of the new one. A clear evidence of the degeneration of society during this timespan. Click on the image for a magnification or to start a slideshow.



Underlying Assumptions of a Global Villages Network

1. We think that the biggest requirement of our time is to rebalance our lifestyle with the planet we are living with; in particular this means a physical transformation from a world of large industrial and administrative centers to a cellular-fractal world of highly sophisticated villages.

2. We do not want to lose the achievements of science and technology, of culture and art; rather we want to manifest them in physical spaces that represent more and more perfect encounters of the cultural and the underlying natural. By going deeper into the nature of things we have discovered that nature is nothing that we can just leave behind us, but in itself an incredibly complex technological system, a web of life that transcends many of our highest technological and artistic abilities in ingenuity, sustainability, perfection and usefulness. The village is an environment in which these two layers - nature and culture - can coexist and influence each other in the best possible way. Aligning our…

Oil Industry: Stay Away from Lofoten!

Kompleksitet og selvorganisering

Kommentar hos Levevei:

I nattens mulm og mørke kom jeg til å huske et meget viktig essay av James Howard Kunstler i Orion Magazine for et par år tilbake, kalt Back to the Future:
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6336

Konklusjonen på essayet er at vi har intet annet valg enn å gå tilbake til god, gammeldags småskalakompleksitet. Vi kan gjøre dette frivillig, eller tvinges til det av peak-oil og andre miljø- og ressurskriser.

I forhold til Anders Asphaugs resonnement om at en administrativ eller statlig overstyring av samfunnet ikke er veien å gå, er jeg enig i dette. Statens rolle må være å legge til rette for selvorganisering: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20111101/frontiers-of-design-science

Men selvorganisering er også et misforstått ord og forveksles gjerne med kaos. Selvorganisering er tvert i mot den guddomelige orden! Til alle tider har samfunn organisert seg gjennom mønsterspråk eller "pattern languages":

- Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Prior…