Diagram of Ecological House

by Graham Caine

via @Archinect

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September, 2018, in Places

Brent Sturlaugson onthe supply chains of architecture” and “networks of materials, energy, power, money“. To wit;

In describing some of the processes by which coal mined in Wyoming comes to supply a coal-fired power plant in Georgia, which in turn provides power to a nearby plywood manufacturer, I have sketched only the most basic components of the supply chains of a single resource and single commodity. And likewise, in tracing how the profits from energy generation and product manufacturing can then be deployed to influence electoral politics, which in turn affect our national policies and personal lives, I’ve offered but a glimpse

Shannon Mattern (as part of her self-described “urban data and mediated spaces” beat) examines “the hardening of American borders and the spread of new technologies of recognition and identification that are changing the way we appear to one another.” Particularly “In Trump’s America“.

Ultimately, laying out “a final object lesson, which proposes a new way of responding to the border, an embodied transnationalism“.



re: wijkwandelingen

Recently the local Denver YIMBY Facebook group was discussing a piece published over at Governing which explored ‘When Citizen Engagement Becomes Too Much‘. Specifically, the pros/cons of technocratic vs participatory forms governance through the example of Austin’s CodeNext process.

My response included the below;

Further, while I do believe in the value of technocratic expertise, I would disagree that we need less citizen participation/feedback in governing. If anything more. For instance things like participatory budgeting, which I have heard some council-members speak favorably of. I’ve also attended meetings where tabletop games or insta-polling were used and the consensus of the room was that these were very useful, rather than officials being able to merely check the box via monologue heavy community “listening sessions”.

Or how about even more fine-grained, neighborhood scale approaches like wijkwandelingen?

re: land acknowledgements

It’s not so much about focusing on the omission of belonging, and all of us having a right to a home, but rather about introducing non-Indigenous people to this land’s accurate confederate history and the importance of relationship to land despite the dominant worldview of owning the land.

via Selena Mills at LocalLove

And specifically regarding the Greater Toronto Area

There is a fascinating Indigenous oral history covered up by the concrete of Toronto today, but those stories are not lost…We’re going back 11,000 years, which is a reminder of the sophisticated and cosmopolitan nature of Indigenous people then, something we can all see reflected in the rich multicultural landscape of Tkaronto today.

On Buddhism, love of nature, wildlife and urgent concerns for the environment

The joyous and voluntary poverty of Buddhism becomes a positive force. The traditional harmlessness and refusal to take life in any form has nation-shaking implications…The belief in a serene and generous fulfillment of natural loving desires destroys ideologies which blind, maim and repress“.

Further, read Gary Snyder regarding “Engaged Buddhism” aka “Buddhist Anarchism” originally in the 1969 collection of essays Earth House Hold.

In the Terrain of Rain – Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha at Bengal Institute

In their presentation Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha question our typical understanding of rain, water and river, and rephrases how all these are connected to our behaviour towards nature. They show evidence of how being gentle to water and letting it flow is always better than forcing and containing it within hard-lines of dams and barrages, and how natural drainage systems can save us during the upcoming crises of climate change rather than controlling it by force.

via Bengal Institute

re: Andrea Badoer, Karl Kasthofer, Willy Lange et al. and SOM’s Weyerhaeuser Headquarters

First, the Forests installation view at the CCA. © CCA, Montréal

Marcelo López-Dinardi reviews First, The Forests, a new exhibit at CCA. The curatorial project is “organized under four categories that provide the interpreter with a synthetic view of the complex and larger phenomenon of forestry and nature. These are: Bureaucratic Forestry, Scientific Forestry, Tropical Forestry and Economic Forestry“.

In Domus