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Internal & External Landscapes:  Integral multiple Perspectives on Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
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Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy

Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy | The Integral 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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The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine

The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine | The Integral 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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Pattern language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pattern language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

A pattern language, a term coined by architect Christopher Alexander, is a structured method of describing good design practices within a field of expertise. Advocates of this design approach claim that ordinary people of ordinary intelligence can use it to successfully solve very large, complex design problems. Like all languages, a pattern language has vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. The odd part is that the language is applied to some complex activity other than communication

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Nature Mysticism: The Re-Enchantment of the World

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Many of us already know Susanne Cook-Greuter as one of the Integral movement's most beloved scholars and authorities on mature adult development. But it's not all developmental structures and tiers and fulcrums for Susanne.

 

As a spiritual teacher, you won't find anyone more indifferent, ruthless, and amoral than Mother Nature. Then again, you won't find anyone quite as vital, honest, or beautiful either. There is an undeniable neutrality running throughout Nature—it's easy to imagine Her quietly laughing to Herself as we try to project our own limited narratives of meaning and morality onto Her, or when we try to imagine ourselves as being somehow separate from the natural world.

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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 Integral 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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Photos de the cool hunter - Treescape | Facebook

Photos de the cool hunter - Treescape | Facebook | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
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