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Multiple Perspectives on Nature, Landscape, Beauty, Art, Architecture with Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
Curated by Anne Caspari
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Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine

Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

As humans we are remarkably good at conceiving the world as a collection of objects, their geometric attributes, and the ways they can be taken apart and re-assembled to do spectacular things (either perform marvelous tasks for us, or provide an aesthetic spectacle, or both). This way of designing underlies much of our powerful technology—yet as modern science reminds us, it’s an incomplete way. Critical systemic effects have to be integrated into the process of design, without which we are likely to trigger operational failures and even disasters.

Today we are experiencing just these kinds of failures in large-scale systems like ecology. As designers (of any kind) we must learn to manage environments not just as collections of objects, but also as connected fields with essential features of geometric organization, extending dynamically through time as well as space. This is a key lesson from the relatively recent understanding of the dynamics of “complex adaptive systems,” and from applications in fields like biology and ecology.

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9 basic principles of biomimicry J. Benyus

9 basic principles of biomimicry J. Benyus | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
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mimicking nature is a good idea in generative systems design. 

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THE MIRRORING MIND by @JasonSilva

Created by Jason Silva in collaboration with CITIZEN. Follow Jason on twitter @JASONSILVA This video is a non-commercial work created to inspire, made for ed...
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Jason is fun. 

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Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability | Video on TED.com

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
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this is a talk from some time ago by now by the late Ray Anderson, but still so very inspiring. 

 

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NASA's Earth As Art (pdf)

"In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the
patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. Earth-observing environmental satellites can measure outside the visible range of light, so these images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime. Truly, by escaping Earth’s gravity we discovered
its attraction." Lawrence Friedl, NASA Earth Science

 

Available as a free 160-page ebook or as a free iPad App here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-earth-as-art/id577527077?mt=8


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Andy Goldsworthy: a little tribute

just a few of my favourite pieces from my favourite artist (Land Art : Andy Goldsworthy: a little tribute: http://t.co/ftfBv8n42G via @youtube #Landart)...
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no words. 

 

and take some quality time to watch Rivers and Tides, if you haven't already done so. Just beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGFOLChNOak&feature=youtu.be

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Animal Mysteries

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"Inner realities are discovered through introspection. The seeds of new concepts can take root and grow there. As an artist, I attempt to cultivate the subconscious realm and reveal them for the public.
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power.ful

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Allan Savory: How to green the desert and reverse climate change | Video on TED.com

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk.
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wow. and it is always a good idea copying nature, especially with complex adaptive system. Amazing really, given that just "management" is just not doing it, we keep on insisting on flatland solutions. This talk gives hope. 

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Anne Caspari's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:00 AM

this is how studying CAS in Nature and getting it back on the road in real life application looks like :-) 

 

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Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy

Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

.......Why does it matter? For one, I believe that the current situation we are in with respect to our planet and environment cannot be addressed (much less solved) from dialectic mind, because dialectic mind cannot breach the dialectical separation of nature and people – there is only the everyday bardo framework of “either we are part of nature or nature is a construct of people). There is a lengthy, sophisticated critique in this, based on the need for the dialectical mind to find a “trump card” – to conveniently situate something as a part within a greater whole. To use our previous example, “nature” and “people” are fully separated from some “prior ground” – it is this “prior ground” that the dialectical mind never accesses, because it is the *view* which is not a perspective.

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Beautifully written and very precious. Worthwhile re.reading.  

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ecosystem services

ecosystem services | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

A bit of perspective on natural systems, ecosystem services, and symbiotic relationships on a wider "community" type scale.  See Ecovision sustainable learning center. 

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nice trans-lation. 

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New Publication: You say you want a revolution? « MindShift Integral

New Publication: You say you want a revolution? « MindShift Integral | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Karen O'Brien, Jonathan Reams, Anne Caspari et al. (2013): You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change. Environ. Sci.Policy A b s t r a c t This paper considers ...
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...we know that the challenges for education and capacity building in the context of global environmental change cannot be met by ‘‘business as usual,’’ or by extrapolating experiences from the past into the future. There is a need to think differently, and ironically the way to do this is through experiential processes, where individuals are encouraged to release assumptions and question underlying beliefs. Such changes will normally not result in a revolution, but rather an evolution, or a continuation of improvements to the logic and operational attributes of existing systems.

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Participatory wisdom and sustainability

Participatory wisdom and sustainability | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

"In that effort I think it wise to seriously reflect on nature's patterns. Evolution, ecology and ancient tribal cultures all tell us - each in their own useful ways - that nature is sustained by the participation of all its life forms and ecosystems, all its elemental forces and cycles. They tell us that communities and species thrive within that vibrant association by fitting their participation harmoniously into the larger dance of life around them. Sure, they can and do shape their environment to serve their needs and dreams. But they must simultaneously serve the wellbeing of their fellows and their ecosystem or they risk being removed from the dance by elemental forces and cycles far greater than themselves.

Similarly, we find society being co-created through our participation in its dynamics and structures. The good and bad things that happen in our society don't just happen, and we are never just victims or sole perpetrators or totally in control - at least not in the big picture. We are all participants, always."

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these are good factors; would be great to take it past dialectic thinking into truly autopoietic processes

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Anne Caspari's curator insight, January 30, 2013 9:22 AM

these are good and generative factors; would be great to take it past dialectic thinking into truly autopoietic processes

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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

…we want you to consider design on all scales, from something as small as elemental carbon to something as big as the future; from something as basic as soil to something as extravagant as caviar; from not only how we design our world but how we power it. This is upcycling: taking Cradle to Cradle and applying it not just to how people design a carpet but how they design a home, a workplace, an industry, a city. Using the Cradle to Cradle framework, we can upcycle to talk about designing not just for health but for abundance, proliferation, delight. We can upcycle to talk about not how human industry can be just “less bad,” but how it can be more good, an extraordinary positive in our world.

 

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A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21st Century | The Evolution of Enlightenment | Big Think

A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21st Century | The Evolution of Enlightenment | Big Think | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share an article written by my former colleague Ross Robertson for  EnlightenNext  magazine called “A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21stCentury.” His brilliant insights about this...
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Anne Caspari's comment, April 22, 2013 11:43 AM
this is an older article from some years ago, rebooted today. But still really good and worth reading.
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How Biomimicry is Shaping the Nature of our Buildings | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Biomimicry is Shaping the Nature of our Buildings | Sustainable Cities Collective | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
When you think of nature as it applies to building design, however, there is a new “nature” within a building. It is a concept termed biomimicry, which literally means to mimic life.

 

Applied biomimicry can be utilized in three ways or in a combination of these three ways:

Form - such as mimicking dragonfly wings to create lightweight structures;

 

Processes -such as mimicking photosynthesis to capture solar energy;

 

Systems-such as building wall systems that mimic the homeostasis in organisms which allows them to regulate their internal conditions such as temperature

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Anne Caspari's comment, March 27, 2013 5:51 PM
genius.
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Thrivability & the Future of Humanity | Solarium

Thrivability & the Future of Humanity | Solarium | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

So I studied biology, in search of the pattern of thriving living systems. And at the same, I studied all the theories about what makes organizations thrive, or succeed.  Now, for some reason, every biologist tells a different and very complicated story about how life works.  And the same is true in organizational theory.  But when you step back and look at them all together, you see that they're all telling the same basic story.  At every level of human activity, it’s the same simple pattern.

And this pattern suggests a very different guiding story.

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Anne Caspari's comment, March 26, 2013 4:49 AM
So the bottom line for conscious business is life itself. As a generative design principle.
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Worldwide blackout: Landmark buildings across the globe switch off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour

Worldwide blackout: Landmark buildings across the globe switch off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
More than 150 countries descended into darkness to raise awareness for the WWF's Earth Hour campaign to call on governments to pledge their commitment to tackling climate change.
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Andy Goldsworthy

One of Andy Goldsworthy's projects...

 

 

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again and again, deeply enchanting to watch the grand master play with nature elements and going subtle. 

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C40 Cities: Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

C40 Cities: Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Why are cities the solution to addressing global climate change? Find out at C40 Cities http://c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city #ycities
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fun and interesting infographic, scroll your mouse wheel.. 

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The conundrum at the heart of sustainability

The conundrum at the heart of sustainability | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Feelings of disconnection from the planet and its problems are preventing people from investing in change
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Anne Caspari's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:21 AM

right questions, not quite getting the answers together yet. What if the solution was not only in evolving world views, but at the same time in involutionary processes to solve deep rooted (different "direction"; all the way down) issues in our relationship to nature...? 

Kim Davis's comment, March 13, 2013 2:42 AM
Sustainability: the concept self-aware species invent as they eventually realize individualistic short-term aims of their members conflict with collective organizational long-term aspirations, once key resources get exhausted and their costs, as well as waste, rise above tipping points.

This is a normal stage of consciousness training in all species throughout the multiverse, as consciousness evolves from pre-conscious single organism to post-conscious multi-organism. The feedback mechanism is designed in such a way that as the challenge rises from deviations that are the fruit of individual egoism, the negative outcomes these deviations create act as forces to curb self-absorption, thus creating an awareness space in which solutions stemming from a collaborative system respectful of the web of life (including of its self-aware members) can eventually flourish.

Thus has a higher-level consciousness the ability to collectively form from - and beyond - its individualistic roots.
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franz contemplates complexity

A brief animated video on complex systems theory.
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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:32 AM

this is great food for thought; nicely done! 

Spaceweaver's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:06 AM

Excellent introduction and some reference books at the end

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:48 AM

a cool start...

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Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable

Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
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great food for thought on resilience -  sustainability - thrivability from Jean Russel! 

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Daniel LaLiberte's comment, February 11, 2013 7:53 PM
I think of "sustainable" as at least what is called "resilient" here. We are not truly sustainable until we have already mitigated damages and shifted to a symbiotic relationship with nature. But in doing so, we also become thrivable, doing as nature does, creative and regenerative.
Anne Caspari's comment, February 18, 2013 5:46 AM
Hi Daniel and all; for this discussion I can strongly recommend Nassim Taleb's new book: Antifragile. Jean has taken that new notion into account in her description of Thrivability. Taleb makes clear distinctions: he says that antifragile goes much further than robust or resilient systems (and in this sense further than merely sustainable systems) "the obut or resilient is neither harmed nor helped by volatility and disorder, while the antifragile benefits form them." It is very worth looking into! And also here, much more than a game of words. :-)
Sharon Tinianow's comment, February 23, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for the book recommendation!
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Full Moon Silhouettes

Full Moon Silhouettes is a real time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night…
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beauty. 

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One Earth. One Voice.: Song, Symbol, Imagination and Life As Metaphor at a Time of Planetary Crisis

One Earth. One Voice.: Song, Symbol, Imagination and Life As Metaphor at a Time of Planetary Crisis | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
What we are experiencing is a crisis of imagination, struggling with immense fears to let go of the way we have done things on earth until now, to embrace the vast unknown of those new models of living that are the only sustainable ways forward.
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"Nature doesn't shout. She never will. Nature will, however -- and is -- heaving in her utter exhaustion and in an attempt to restore balance to her systems -- to her body. In the end, there is no negotiating with her law. We are either in alignment with it, or we are not. If we choose to stay misaligned, we do so at our own peril. That it is this same law which brought our species into being in the first place only adds to the agonizing poignance of this critical decision-point time in the history of the earth. In short, it is the most fragile time our earth has ever faced, and our species holds the key to its resolution, one way or another. We literally, and figuratively, hold this beautiful, fragile earth in our hands." 

 

...thanks to Paul Hawken for posting this.  

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