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How Living Technologies Could Reclaim Venice

How Living Technologies Could Reclaim Venice | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
Living technologies are sensitive to the environment around them, and could go some way to preventing the impact that some technology has on our environment.

 

I am currently designing living technologies that are sensitive to the environment and may prevent or even correct the negative impact that modern technology has on our surroundings. They are Living Technologies and are made of different kinds of materials to the hard, dry, cool metals that make up our modern machines. Instead they are soft, wet and warm to the touch.

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Sea Caverns of Singapore | BLDGBLOG |

Sea Caverns of Singapore | BLDGBLOG | | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
Artificial caverns built offshore from manmade islands?

 

The terrestrial mechanics of Singapore's existence are increasingly interesting, if ecologically problematic. As Pruned's recent look at the city's sand-importation economy shows, the island-nation exists through a near-ceaseless act of geological accumulation, piecing itself together and expanding from the inside out using deposits of earth taken from neighboring countries.

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Slavoj Zizek: Capitalism with Asian values - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English

Slavoj Zizek: Capitalism with Asian values - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
"I think today the world is asking for a real alternative. Would you like to live in a world where the only alternative is either anglo-saxon neoliberalism or Chinese-Singaporean capitalism with Asian values?

 

I claim if we do nothing we will gradually approach a kind of a new type of authoritarian society. Here I see the world historical importance of what is happening today in China. Until now there was one good argument for capitalism: sooner or later it brought a demand for democracy...

 

What I'm afraid of is with this capitalism with Asian values, we get a capitalism much more efficient and dynamic than our western capitalism. But I don't share the hope of my liberal friends - give them ten years, [and there will be] another Tiananmen Square demonstration - no, the marriage between capitalism and democracy is over."

 

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The Megacity and its Hinterland | Interview: Reinier de Graaf on OMA,

The Megacity and its Hinterland | Interview: Reinier de Graaf on OMA, | comple-X-city | Scoop.it


Interview: Reinier de Graaf on OMA, the megacity and its hinterland
25 October 2011

In this next movie from our series filmed at the OMA/Progress exhibition at the Barbican in London, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf talks about the Dutch architecture studio’s preoccupation with the megacity and its hinterland - “the vacuum left in the wake of the city’s expansion.” He suggests that we’re moving to an era of city states and this is leading to a potential new relevance for architects as civic leaders.

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Next Nature intro by Bruce Sterling

Next Nature intro by Bruce Sterling | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

We also have an exciting suite of new technical interventions – biochemical, genetic, roboticized, nanotechnological – which are poorly understood. They can all interfere radically in what we construe as the “natural order.” They change Nature faster than our ideas about Nature can change. The result is Tofflerian Future Shock with a leafy green tinge.

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The Anthropocene | A man-made world | The economist

The Anthropocene | A man-made world | The economist | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

The Anthropocene is a recent and informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems. The term was coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer but has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth's atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological era for its lithosphere.

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Reinier de Graaf | OMA | Tackling climate change still a luxury in developing world

Reinier de Graaf | OMA | Tackling climate change still a luxury in developing world | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

The reality is that most of our world is not governed by principles, but by urgency. Nowhere does this urgency manifest more than in the city. Of the 27 cities predicted to have over 10 million inhabitants in 2020, 21 will be located in the developing world. The most intense urban growth is now taking place in some of the world's most deprived parts, with cities confronting a population explosion in the absence of an infrastructure able to deal with that explosion.

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Neuropath

Neuropath | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
It all begins and ends with The Argument: Free will is an illusion. The soul? Merely neurons firing.
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Megacities on the Map | Views of the World

Megacities on the Map | Views of the World | comple-X-city | Scoop.it

Megacities are major global risk areas. Due to highest concentration of people and extreme dynamics, they are particularly prone to supply crises, social disorganization, political conflicts and natural disasters. Their vulnerability can be high.

 

This quote from the IGU’s MegaCity TaskForce draws a quite bleak picture of what some believe to be the future of living for humankind. The UN World Urbanisation Prospects finally saw the urban populations surpassing rural living for the first time in human history in recent years, but we must not forget that these urban populations do not all live in what is referred to as a megacity.

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Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist | comple-X-city | Scoop.it
"Reality is so complex, we must move away from dogma, whether it's conspiracy theories or free-market," says James Glattfelder. "Our analysis is reality-based."

 

Previous studies have found that a few TNCs own large chunks of the world's economy, but they included only a limited number of companies and omitted indirect ownerships, so could not say how this affected the global economy - whether it made it more or less stable, for instance.

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Alessandro Bavari: Camera Tremula 1, Noise Melange, XYZ Ocula Depth Fulvio Sturniolo: Camera Tremula 2 Jeff Ensign aka Evolution Noise Slave: Sonic Harmonium Format: Pal Widescreen 1050x576 - Progressive Duration: 8:27 mins...
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