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Internal & External Landscapes:  Integral multiple Perspectives on Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
Curated by Anne Caspari
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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 Integral 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.
Anne Caspari's insight:

"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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Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior.

 

Transformative opportunities around the planet. The key: Mindshift.

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Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture (Updated 2011) | asla.org

Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture (Updated 2011) | asla.org | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
The latest report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” The IPCC reports that the average global temperature is increasing at an alarming rate.
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Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge

Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge | The Integral 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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Whitehead and Ecology (excerpt 1)

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The following essay is about re-visioning what ecology might mean for 21st century humans. In particular, its about thinking through what ecology means in the context of Alfred North Whitehead’s ...
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Landscape and Critical Agency

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# 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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Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future :: AK Press

Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future :: AK Press | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

If we want to preserve what's still left of the natural world, we need to stop using so much of it. And cities are the best chance we have left for a sustainable future ... but only if they remain vibrant, dynamic spaces that are unfolded by millions of people working together—and not by master plans and planners. What will it take to make our cities truly sustainable?

 

In a world where the flow of money and jobs and people is largely determined by the whims of global capital, Matt Hern's Common Ground in a Liquid Cit rey is afreshingly down-to-earth look at the importance of place in the urban future.  

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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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Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability

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"The buzz from Copenhagen is all about its new "superhighway" for bikes. The real secret to its pioneering urban design, though, is that it puts people first on all its streets."

 

this is cool!!! 


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Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change...
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It’s all about U: Process, Progress & Participation in Elandsrivier Valley | EarthCollective

It’s all about U: Process, Progress & Participation in Elandsrivier Valley | EarthCollective | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
The PRESENCE learning network has recently expanded stakeholder engagement activities to the Elandsrivier Valley. This introductory, co-initiation phase was the first of five steps of the Theory U process to be trialled in the region.
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"Apps for the Environment" Winners Available Online | Ecology Global Network

"Apps for the Environment" Winners Available Online | Ecology Global Network | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Winners and all 38 submissions to EPA's "Apps for the Environment Challenge" are now available online for free downloading.
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Future City Scenarios

Futurologist and Design Scientist Melissa Sterry's presentation 'Future Cities Scenarios: How Sustainability is Shaping Our Future Urban Habitats', presented at...

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From Garden City to Green City | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

From Garden City to Green City | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

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Interior and Exterior

Interior and Exterior | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

The Evolution of Consciousness is nothing short of the evolution of everything we experience on the gross and subtle planes. Biological evolution is not separate from this. For it is the nucleus (governing center of consciousness) of any sentient holon that dictates the *use of resources* of that holon thus altering the structural landscape of its matter-energy composition irrevocably. Mind and matter are but the interior and exterior of a single unfolding. (Leo Marrs)

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