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Chris Martenson Lecture On Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Marked By The Collapse Of The Exponential Function | ZeroHedge

Chris Martenson Lecture On Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Marked By The Collapse Of The Exponential Function | ZeroHedge | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

Martenson explains how exponential growth works and why it is so scary that our economy is based on it. In an example he illustrates how unimaginably fast things speed up towards the end of an exponential curve. He shows that an exponential chart can be found in every one of the three “E’s” for instance in GDP growth, oil production, water use or species extinction. Due to the natural limitations on resources, Martenson comes to the conclusion that we are facing a serious energy crisis.

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A talk by Tim Morton given at the Architectural Association, London, February 4, 2011.
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Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self Organizing City (Paperback) - Routledge

Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self Organizing City (Paperback) - Routledge | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

This is a manual investigating the subject of urban ecology and systemic development from the perspective of architectural design. It sets out to explore two main goals: to discuss the contemporary relevance of a systemic practice to architectural design, and to share a toolbox of informational design protocols developed to describe the city as a territory of self-organization.

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The Internet of Things and the Emergence of Planetary Public Policy

The Internet of Things and the Emergence of Planetary Public Policy | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

It is always good to re-read Kevin Kelly’s Rules for the New Economy (article came out in 1997, the book in 1999). My Tec de Monterrey students will remember that we read it in 2003 as “contemporary political theory.” The following passage is taken from the 1999 book:

A trillion dumb chips connected into a hive mind is the hardware. The software that runs through it is the network economy. A planet covered with hyperlinked chips is shrouded with waves of sensibility. Millions of moisture sensors in the fields of farmers shoot up data, hundreds of weather satellites beam down digitized images, thousands of cash registers spit out bit streams, myriad hospital bedside monitors trickle out signals, millions of web sites tally attention, and tens of millions of vehicles transmit their location code; all of this swirls into the web. That matrix of signals is the net.

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Landform Building - Marc McQuade and Stan Allen - Domus

Landform Building -  Marc McQuade and Stan Allen - Domus | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

In their recent book, Marc McQuade and Stan Allen analyze the evolution of the critical relationship between architecture and landscape...

 

The common link between landscape and architecture can be defined by the concept of megastructure, or at least this is the first message perceived when opening the book Landform Building and flip through its pages. But this close relationship has been changing fast in the last ten years, from the biological to the geological; the desire to make a responsive architecture is now fulfilled with references to landscape. As Stan Allen points, now a parallel trend looks not to the biology of individual species but to the collective behaviour of ecological systems as a model for cities, buildings and landscapes: "Architecture is situated between the biological and the geological—slower than living but faster than the underlying geology."

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BLDGBLOG: Infra

BLDGBLOG: Infra | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

Richard will be showing new work from his Infra series, taken on a series of trips to the Congo, visiting tribal reconciliation gatherings, deserted battlefields, UN-administered aid camps, active war zones, and remote mountain villages in the extraordinary rolling landscape.

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Manuel Lima - The power of networks

Miembro de la Royal Society of Arts y fue nominado por la revista Creativity como "una de las 50 mentes más creativas e influyentes de 2009". Es Senior UX D...

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The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

Morphogenesis is closely related to ecological sustainability — the ability of organisms to maintain stability in the face of very dynamic and even hostile environments — because it is nothing other than the process by which living systems adapt to the changes that would otherwise destroy them. So it’s very important that we understand this kind of process, and understand how we do and don’t incorporate it into our own actions.

 

Can our technologies and our way of making things reflect living processes? This includes our making of buildings, cities, and landscapes — Alexander’s primary focus as an architect.

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QGIS: Open-source GIS resources

QGIS: Open-source GIS resources | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

For GIS day, I not only celebrate ESRI, but also want to acknowledge the open-source GIS community.  This site provides many resources for those seeking to try out QGIS or other GIS platforms, but haven't known where to start.   


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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:02 PM
I've been playing around with QGIS for a few weeks, and while I think ArcGIS is significantly more user-friendly, I love that QGIS is available for those of us that don't have thousands of dollars to spend on GIS software. I've also found that QGIS runs much quicker (presumably from its smaller files). Ultimately, I'm a huge fan of any information or technology that's specifically designed to be accessible to all who want it, and QGIS certainly fits the bill.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:43 PM
I haven't delved into QGIS as of yet, but am toying around with it for the future (especially for my 'pre-GIS' class that doesn't exist yet called 'Mapping our Changing World.')
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Space Colony Design from 1970s at NASA.gov

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DESIGNING GEOPOLITICS · Jun 2+3 2011 · La Jolla, CA

How does a digital Earth govern itself? Through what jurisdictions, what rights of the citizen-user, what capacities of enforcement, and in the name of what sovereign geographies? In fact we simply do not know.
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Actually, We Found More Than One Pulse Sir... with Ed Keller

Actually, We Found More Than One Pulse Sir... with Ed Keller | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

"These are the oldest memories on Earth, the time-codes carried in every chromosome and gene. Every step we've taken in our evolution is a milestone inscribed with organic memories- from the enzymes controlling the carbon dioxide cycle to the organization of the brachial plexus and the nerve pathways of the Pyramid cells in the mid-brain, each is a record of a thousand decisions taken in the face of a sudden physico-chemical crisis. Just as psychoanalysis reconstructs the original traumatic situation in order to release the repressed material, so we are now being plunged back into the archaeopsychic past, uncovering the ancient taboos and drives that have been dormant for epochs.The brief span of an individual life is misleading. Each one of us is as old as the entire biological kingdom, and our bloodstreams are tributaries of the great sea of its total memory. The uterine odyssey of the growing foetus recapitulates the entire evolutionary past, and its central nervous system is a coded time scale, each nexus of neurons and each spinal level marking a symbolic station, a unit of neuronic time." [1] It occurred to me only on the plane to London that Kezar, my ultimate destination, is the first city I have visited since I-can't-remember-when that I am incapable of visualizing in advance of arrival. Google image search is not much help.

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New Geographies, 4: Scales of the Earth

The first Apollo images of the Earth produced a perspective enabling humanity to act on Earth and its nature as if it controlled it from “outside.” The recent developments of satellite technologies have had a significant impact on the modes of representation as well as the conceptions of geography and space. This new “geography from above”—the home, the city, entire territories, the Earth itself, the Moon, Mars, and beyond—redefine our environment, subjectivities, and practices. With such tools at hand, architects conceive of the geographic as a possible scale, site of intervention, and design approach.

The scale of vision, viewpoint, and qualification of space made possible by satellite imagery reframes contemporary debates on design, agency, and territory. Volume 4 of New Geographies features articles and projects that critically address the relationship of space with such modes of representation. What are the characteristics of such an integrated elevated vision, and what geographical knowledge does it bring forth? How is such an analytical space to be subsequently interpreted and experienced? What are the cultural, political, and environmental repercussions of a vision celebrated as objective and universalist? What new global issues and debates do such scales of vision raise, and how do such visualizations of the Earth-as-home intersect with concerns of ecology and calls for global awareness?

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Behind the scenes of the CNN Ecosphere project

The ECOSPHERE is a real-time Twitter Visualiser we made for CNN. It's a digital tool inspired by the plant world and based on the laws of nature. Learn about the engine behind the ECOSPHERE project from all the parties involved.
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Global Cities: the rise and rise of Capitalism’s behemoths | Ceasefire Magazine

Global Cities: the rise and rise of Capitalism’s behemoths | Ceasefire Magazine | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
As the economic crisis continues to bite, and governments rush to prop up failing banks, the neoliberal model is widely seen to be failing. This is therefore a good time, Andrew Robinson argues, to look back at the structure of economic power today.
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Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence? | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence?
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IBM Open-Sources Potential "Internet of Things" Protocol

IBM Open-Sources Potential "Internet of Things" Protocol | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
The openly stated goal from IBM is to produce a completely new World-Wide Web, one comprised of the messages that digitally empowered devices would send to one another. ...

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BLDGBLOG: Project Ice Shield

BLDGBLOG: Project Ice Shield | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
The city of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, will attempt to keep itself cool over the summer by way of a kind of artificial glacier.

 

According to the Guardian, this "geoengineering trial" will try to "'store' freezing winter temperatures in a giant block of ice that will help to cool and water the city as it slowly melts during the summer." Project directors "hope the process will reduce energy demand from air conditioners and regulate drinking water and irrigation supplies." The cool air will presumably be pumped through the city via a continuous and monumental network of ducts.

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DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D - information aesthetics

DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D - information aesthetics | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

DataAppeal is a recently launched web-based visualization application which enables users to produce three- and four-dimensional data maps and animations. It is based on concepts emerging from the 2010 book "The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles" by Dr Nadia Amoroso who is the site's founder.

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Activate New York: Benjamin H Bratton - video

Activate New York: Benjamin H Bratton - video | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
Technology is never the problem or the solution, it is always humans who are responsible.
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"Earth" Time Lapse View from Space

"Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan http://fragileoasis.org/bloggernauts/Astro_Ron and the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011..."

 

Shooting locations by order of appearance:

1. United States, Eastern United States
2. Madagascar to southwest of Australia, South of Australia
3. NW coast of United States to Central South America
4.  Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
5. Central Africa and the Middle East
6. Sahara Desert and the Middle East
7. Canada and Central United States
8. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
9. Islands in the Philippine Sea
10. Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
11. Middle East, Mediterranean Sea
12. United States, Indian Ocean
13. Eastern Europe to SE Asia


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Shooting locations by order of appearance:

1. United States, Eastern United States
2. Madagascar to southwest of Australia, South of Australia
3. NW coast of United States to Central South America
4. Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
5. Central Africa and the Middle East
6. Sahara Desert and the Middle East
7. Canada and Central United States
8. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
9. Islands in the Philippine Sea
10. Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
11. Middle East, Mediterranean Sea
12. United States, Indian Ocean
13. Eastern Europe to SE Asia
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Dubai, The World Islands

We are told that we should change the world to be what we think it should be...this urban development has taken that to to the extreme, showing human/environmental interactions, development and urban issues in Dubai, UAE.  For more information about this place, see: http://www.theworld.ae/ 


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ecoLogicStudio's comment, November 30, 2011 7:01 AM
fun place // some more info here:

http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=1434
proto-e-co-logics's comment, December 1, 2011 7:33 AM
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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 26, 3:52 PM

Dubai has ideas of changing the world for what it is and changing it for what we want it to be. Although the ideas are beautiful and tempting, not all ideas are logical. If all homes had their own private beaches there would be problems across the world with storms, flooding, and damage. Not every island would have easy access to supermarkets, hospitals and schools. These issues may seem minor, but in the larger scale be very major and detrimental. 

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ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: After the Agony, the Intimacy: More on Mark Fisher's Hauntology

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: After the Agony, the Intimacy: More on Mark Fisher's Hauntology | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

For me, what evaporated was space and time (in this I agree with Fisher). But this was a while ago. When then evaporates is the non-place itself, because the notion of being anywhere at all is replaced by its shadow, a threatening intimacy. After the end of the “world” there is intimacy with other lifeforms. “World,” “environment” and “place” (and even “space”) are simply reified euphemisms for a plenitude of non-totalizable lifeforms. Hills are made of them, the sky teems with them, oxygen is their shit.

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P(OO) Praxis (Object Oriented) revised by McKenzie Wark

P(OO) Praxis (Object Oriented) revised by McKenzie Wark | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

I am not a philosopher. What I know about philosophy is very limited, particularly when it comes to phenomenology. My readings of OOO, I should also say, are quite pragmatic. I am interested in a certain politics of knowledge. Here I think there’s a certain community of interest between OO and something else, which I shall attempt to describe.

I am not a philosopher, but I am a Marxist. Marxism is not a philosophy. The extent that it has anything to do with philosophy has I think been rather overstated. Marx was a reader of Hegel but he was also a reader of Darwin and Ricardo, and his relation to them might be far more important. He has very little to do with Plato or St Paul. His doctorate, let’s remember, was on the materialism of Democritus and Epicurus.

It was hardly accidental that Engels tried to ground Marxism in the natural sciences. The labor process is a subset of a wider theory and practice of processes, natural processes. That Engels’ 19th century account of natural philosophy is refutable on the basis of more modern science might actually be a merit of The Dialectics of Nature rather than a fault.

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Design and Geopolitics: The Alterglobal, Soft Power, Disaster Capitalism

Design and Geopolitics: The Alterglobal, Soft Power, Disaster Capitalism | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

An interview with Benjamin H. Bratton by Metahaven published in the issue of Print, for which they were special editors/designers. Topics range from designing geopolitics, to cloud sovereignty, post-America, Wikileaks, transparency, austerity as a design strategy, to the merger of Bahrain and Iceland.

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