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From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A Short History of Ecological Design

From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A Short History of EFront triennalecological Design,” in Behind the Green Door: Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability, Helle Benedicte Berg (ed.), (Oslo: Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2013), 129-139.

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October 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway

The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7:2 (2013), 187-207.

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The call for a new ecotheology in Norway began in the early 1970s with environmentally concerned deep ecologists and continued within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway and the university system. Church officials and intellectuals saw ecotheology as an effective way of engaging the young in caring for the Creation. Alongside the eco-philosophical projects of redefining the natural, the deep ecologists also sought to renew religious faith. Norwegian theologians found their questioning of economic growth, technocracy, and industrialism appealing, and they sympathized with their call to save wilderness and their endorsement of outdoor life, rural communities, and modest lifestyles. Deep ecology represented for theologians an opportunity to revive the Church, mobilize a new and younger audience, and address the question of how to behave towards God’s Creation.

September 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

从包豪斯到生态建筑 From Bauhaus to Ecohouse

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佩德 安克尔

From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design

Chinese edition of my book

佩德 安克尔所著的《从包豪斯到生态建筑》以哈佛大学设计学院绿色现代课程内容为基础,聚焦于生态学思想与设计的融合,从英国复兴包豪斯的历史开始,至美 国人致力于维护生态世界的愿望止,总结了从20世纪30年代到80年代冷战结束为止生态设计的复杂历史。著名设计师拉斯洛·莫霍伊—纳吉,生物学家、生态 学家朱利安·赫胥黎,包豪斯学校创始人沃尔特·格罗皮乌斯,穹顶建筑师巴克敏斯特·富勒等人与生态建筑的关系都在本书中加以讨论。《从包豪斯到生态建筑》 并不仅为设计史学家和建筑史学家所撰写,同样是科学史和环境史学家的重要读物。

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January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

My review of The Illusory Boundary

Martin Reuss; Stephen H. Cutcliffe (Editors). The Illusory Boundary: Environment and Technology in History.

Isis, 103:2 (2012), 388-389.

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September 24, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

My review of Merchants of Doubt

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

Isis, 102:3 (2011), 589-590.

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January 24, 2012 at 4:17 am Leave a comment

Edvard Munchs Aulamalerier: Fra kontroversielt prosjekt til nasjonalskatt

Edvard Munchs Aulamalerier: Fra kontroversielt prosjekt til nasjonalskatt (Edvard Munch’s Aula Paintings: From Controversal Project to National Treasure), with Patricia G. Berman, (Oslo: Messel Forlag, 2011).

[Norwegian] I 1911 skulle Universitetet feire sitt hundreårsjubileum. I den anledning ble Aulaen på Karl Johans gate bygget som en storslått gave og markering av institusjonen. De elleve maleriene som pryder Aulaen hang ikke der ved åpningen, men ble alle malt mellom 1909 og 1916 i en atmosfære av kulturpolitisk kontrovers. Munchs Aulamalerier ble malt etter intense interne dragkamper blant kunstekspertisen, for så å forårsake en like spent offentlig debatt om deres kunstneriske verdi. I dag er de en nasjonalskatt. Denne antologien dokumenterer malerienes dramatiske historie fra de første skisser til den tekniske forfatning de nå befinner seg i snart hundre år etter tilblivelsen

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October 14, 2011 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

My Interview in Adam Curtis’ BBC TV Documentary

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Article in The Observer “How the ‘ecosystem’ myth has been used for sinister means” by Adam Curtis. Check also out this Curtis interview.

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Broadcast on BBC Two, 9:00 p.m. Monday, 30 May 2011: A series of films exploring the idea that we have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don’t realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

This is the story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components – cogs – in a system.

But in an age disillusioned with politics, the self-regulating ecosystem has become the model for utopian ideas of human ‘self-organizing networks’ – dreams of new ways of organising societies without leaders, as in the Facebook and Twitter revolutions, and in global visions of connectivity like the Gaia theory.

This powerful idea emerged out of the hippie communes in America in the 1960s, and from counterculture computer scientists who believed that global webs of computers could liberate the world.

But, at the very moment this was happening, the science of ecology discovered that the theory of the self-regulating ecosystem wasn’t true. Instead they found that nature was really dynamic and constantly changing in unpredictable ways. But the dream of the self-organizing network had by now captured our imaginations – because it offered an alternative to the dangerous and discredited ideas of politics.

Check out Stephen Duncombe’s excellent piece “Adam Curtis: Dystopian Dialectics,Photoworks, Jan 15, 2014.


June 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm 4 comments

GLOBAL Design NYU: Elsewhere Envisioned

For the first time in its history, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study gathers leading-edge architects, designers, and theorists to address design issues that affect global ecology and the environment.

This exhibit of architectural models, drawings, animations, and projections, combined with a two-day symposium, brings together designers, scholars, and innovators to showcase design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.

Global warming effects pose new challenges to the architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design communities. The immediate response has been a turn toward a host of energy-saving technologies. What has rarely been addressed, however, is the problem of scale. How can the designer make sure that global solutions do not come at the expense of local traditions, cultures, and environments? By placing human rational, emotional, technological, and social needs at the center of our environmental concerns, we propose a new GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] design initiative.

We seek a Global yet still Local design that can Open the sociopolitical Borders that all too often separate Architecture from its Landscape. The overreaching aim is to develop a language of design that can create proximity between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. We see environmental problems as a crisis of human alienation from the natural world, and our initiative will explore ways in which design can reformat the unfortunate separation. In our plea for proximity between the individual and the global we will explore, in the words of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a design that is “as close to the beyond as to things near” when we evoke “our power to imagine ourselves elsewhere.”

GLOBAL DESIGN | ELSEWHERE ENVISIONED is directed and curated by Gallatin professors Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim with support from the Gallatin Design Collective.

Sponsors include Susanne Wofford, Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU Office of the Provost, Global Research Initiatives Program; NYU Office of Sustainability; Gallatin Community Learning Initiative; NYU Environmental Studies Department.
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June 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design

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Global warming and concerns about sustainability recently have pushed ecological design to the forefront of architectural study and debate. As Peder Anker explains in From Bauhaus to Ecohouse, despite claims of novelty, debates about environmentally sensitive architecture has been ongoing for nearly a century. By exploring key moments of inspiration between designers and ecologists from the Bauhaus projects of the interwar period to the eco-arks of the 1980s, Anker traces the historical intersection of architecture and ecological science and assesses how both remain intertwined philosophically and pragmatically within the still-evolving field of ecological design.

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May 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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