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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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A Very Unusual Camera That Emphasizes Time Over Space

A Very Unusual Camera That Emphasizes Time Over Space | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
The abstract-seeming images here are not the result of some wacky Photoshopping. Jay Mark Johnson’s photos are actually incredibly precise. The reason they look like this is because he uses a slit camera that emphasizes time over space.

 

Beautiful, weird. 

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Beautiful, weird. Time/Space inverted. Changed perspectives, alters reality perception. 

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Landscape Optimism: Chris Reed on Landscape Urbanism: Places: Design Observer

Landscape Optimism: Chris Reed on Landscape Urbanism: Places: Design Observer | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
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Emerging Cityscapes | Kedge

Emerging Cityscapes | Kedge | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

"Creative Cities" at the Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a lecture on "Emerging Cityscapes" presented by Kedge

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Dengine - Land Art — Andy Goldsworthy

Dengine - Land Art — Andy Goldsworthy | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Land Art — Andy Goldsworthy...
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love his work.
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Bill McDonough on the Joy of Growth

Bill McDonough on the Joy of Growth | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

The reknowned architect, designer and author discusses his work, the protocol of Cradle to Cradle, and why doing the wrong thing efficiently is a big problem. Listen in.

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The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine

The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Chances are, you have heard of Christopher Alexander because of his most famous book on architecture, A Pattern Language. 

 

Alexander, the mathematician, was always concerned with the processes by which parts transform into wholes. He wants to know how we are implementing this part-whole synthesis; how nature does it; and especially, where we, in our own human version, might be getting it wrong. This is the key to an important realization about natural systems and how they generate form — one that, as Alexander has long noted, is distinct from how we humans typically generate form. And this is not a mere philosophical matter of humans being different from nature, or “having culture.” It’s a question of how we humans can also have a technology that is actually more complex, resilient, and sustainable — quite literally, more life-like.

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Ten design lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture - (37signals)

Ten design lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture - (37signals) | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Timeless design principles:

1) Respect “the genius of a place.”
Olmsted wanted his designs to stay true to the character of their natural surroundings. He referred to “the genius of a place,” a belief that every site has ecologically and spiritually unique qualities. The goal was to “access this genius” and let it infuse all design decisions.

2) Subordinate details to the whole.

3) The art is to conceal art.

4) Aim for the unconscious.......  

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An interview with "Pattern Language" author Christopher Alexander

An interview with "Pattern Language" author Christopher Alexander | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

“Space itself is somehow being-like, has the potential for beings to appear in it – not in a mechanistic sense of assembly from components, but in the far more startling sense of something within space and matter. That something within space and matter could be awoken by the presence of proper configurations.

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Sustainable Design Aesthetics | Integral Life

Sustainable Design Aesthetics | Integral Life | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

n thinking about the intersection of Integral Theory and Sustainable Architecture over the last several years, one of the most revealing adventures has been to ponder the nature of beauty from the multiple prospects that an integral approach offers one. 

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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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Thrivability > Sustainability - Thrive Design Studio

Thrivability > Sustainability - Thrive Design Studio | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

 

Thrivability is a nascent philosophy which is currently being co-created by a network of social innovators and change agents throughout the world to address the challenges posed above… it is a positive and inclusive vision that is much more aspirational than sustainability. If sustainability is about asking the question ‘how do we fix the mess we’ve made?’, thrivability asks ‘what kind of world do we want to live in?’…

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An Integrated Approach to Global Change

An Integrated Approach to Global Change | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
I am pleased to share a clear set of guidelines for a rigorous design science to build a pathway to global sustainability...
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The Big Rethink: Integral Theory

The Big Rethink: Integral Theory | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
In the third installment of the AR’s campaign, Peter Buchanan introduces Integral theory, which establishes a new framework for the design of 21st-century buildings and cities...

 

This is really comprehensive. 

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Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge

Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Take 18 minutes of your day to watch this TEDtalk.

 

This TED talk is from Oxford in 2009, in which Janine gives examples of nature’s uncanny ability to perform complex tasks seamlessly and effortlessly. My favorite example, among many, is the Namibian Desert beetle’s evolutionary ability to collect water molecules from fog and turn it into drinking water for sustenance.


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Landscape and Critical Agency

Landscape and Critical Agency | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

# This symposion is potentially REALLY interesting: (and hosted in my old school in London, UCL,  Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning...)(AC): 

 

How might we develop a model of landscape which has agency? What place might be accorded to design, to the material and environmental processes of the landscape itself, and to the various users of territory within this model?

 

What scales and conditions might a mode of landscape with critical agency be capable of engaging with? How might it address mass mobility, consumption, migration, food insecurity, soil pollution, so-called ‘natural disasters’, scarcity, informal settlements, infrastructural development, rapid urbanisation or everyday life, for example?

 

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Sustainable Design Aesthetics | Integral Life/ Mark DeKay

Sustainable Design Aesthetics | Integral Life/ Mark DeKay | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Increasing complexity of aesthetic perceptions

 

Aesthetics is a major area of attention for designers operating from the experiences perspective (UL). Of course, experience is at the root of aesthetic explanations. Aesthetic experience is a response to conditions of beauty. Aesthetics as a study of philosophy is an attempt to explain the human aesthetic experience. The sustainable designer might ask: What if anything is different about aesthetics for Sustainable Design?

 

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Toward a 'living architecture'

Could we use our understanding of chemistry and physics to design building materials that grow, self-repair, and sense the environment around them, opening up a new frontier in green technology? Dr Rachel Armstrong, from the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, believes such metabolic materials could become a key sustainable technology with the potential to transform the worlds urban environments.


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How should we organize ourselves in the 21st century? | 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign

How should we organize ourselves in the 21st century? | 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

There is now a brief window of opportunity – a moment outside ‘normal’ time – where a network of social movements can actively form and radically reshape the world. To do so successfully, future movements must consciously try to avoid two distinct fates: either the dissolution into a decentralised network of loose clusters of relatively isolated groups, movements and individuals – the fate of the summit-hopping phase of the movement of movements – or a decline towards a centralised network of cadres, which severely damaged the movement in the Sixties. Our lines of flight from these dead-ends consist in wilfully pushing ourselves to learn from successful networks and evolve towards a mature distributed network with abundant hubs and a powerful long tail: a movement with both mass participation and dynamic hubs of people and events, capable of evolving and responding rapidly to a fast-changing world.

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Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language

Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

"In order to do a better job of developing, communicating, and pursuing a strategy, you need to learn to think like a designer."

 

Alexander, in his book begins with towns, pointing out that "These patterns can never be designed or built in one fell swoop - but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate this larger global patterns [that] will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community."  

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» Mother Nature as Engineer: 9 Design Tricks Borrowed From Biology

» Mother Nature as Engineer: 9 Design Tricks Borrowed From Biology | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
See Also: Brightly Colored Bird Feathers Inspire New Kind of Laser Scientists Mimic Beetle’s Liquid Cannon Polymer Could Create Self-Healing...
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