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Livet er best ute

Livet er best ute: Friluftslivets historie og filosofi, (Oslo: Kagge Forlag, 2022)

Livet er best ute. Eller er det egentlig det, spør Peder Anker i denne boken om friluftslivets historie og filosofi. Med friluftslivet som et utgangspunkt forteller Anker om våre uartikulerte verdier og tradisjoner, slik de ser ut fra fjellet, skogen og svaberget. For lengselen etter friluftslivet er det vi har felles, mener han.

Denne boken har han skrevet for alle de som synes livet er best ute. Leseren trenger ikke noen andre egenskaper for å bli med på å utforske hva friluftslivet er for noe. Anker tar leseren med på en personlig vandring igjennom friluftslivets historie, kultur og filosofi. Det er en tur i et mykt lettgått terreng, med en og annen utfordrende skrent. For det må til for å nå fjellets topp. Der får leseren hvile sine tanker ved varme kilder. Selv om turen er rimelig enkel, så er den på ingen måte ufarlig. Det er mektige motkrefter som undergraver friluftslivet, påpeker Anker, både i oss selv og i samfunnet rundt oss. Friluftslivet er truet. Denne boken søker derfor å fornye og utfordre, med vekt på naturvern.

Radio

NRK P2-Pulsen, 21 juli, 2022.

NRK Hordaland, 23 august, 2022.

TV

NRK Nyhetsmorgen, 8 august, 2022.

NRK Kveldsnytt, 15 august, 2022.

Podkast

Friluftslivets filosofi og motstraums reiselystLitteraturhuset i Bergen, 23 august, 2022, med Gunnar Garfors og moderert av Margunn Vikingstad.

Anmeldelser

Espen Søbye, “Er nå livet egentlig best ute?Morgenbladet, 5 august, 2022. [PDF]

Tom Hetland, “Norsk friluftsglede sett frå New York,” Stavanger Aftenblad, 21 august, 2022. [PDF]

Rolf Kjøde, “Friluftsromantikk mot fritidskapitalisme,” For Bibel og Bekjennelse, 6 september, 2022.

Omtale

Maria Birkeland Olerud, “Drømmen om Kristi gjenoppstandelse ble hetende bærekraftig utvikling,” Vårt land, 28 juli, 2022. [PDF]

Vemund Sveen Finstad, “Et spørsmål om vern”, Aftenposten: Historie, 8 sept. 2022.

Kjøp boken i din lokale bokhandel, på Norli, Haugen Bok, eller rett fra Kagge Forlag.

June 16, 2022 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World

Anker, Frontpage, CUP 2020

The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Abstract

What is the source of Norway’s culture of environmental harmony in our troubled world? Exploring the role of Norwegian scholar-activists of the late twentieth century, Peder Anker examines how they portrayed their country as a place of environmental stability in a world filled with tension. In contrast with societies dirtied by the hot and cold wars of the twentieth century, Norway’s power, they argued, lay in the pristine, ideal natural environment of the periphery. Globally, a beautiful Norway came to be contrasted with a polluted world and fashioned as an ecological microcosm for the creation of a better global macrocosm. In this innovative, interdisciplinary history, Anker explores the ways in which ecological concerns were imported via Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962, then to be exported from Norway back to the world at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

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Reviews

Jenna M. Coughlin, “The Power of the Periphery,” Scandinavian Studies 94:1 (2022), 131-134. [PDF]

Eva Jakobsson, “The Power of the Periphery,” Historisk tidsskrift 100:2 (2021), 184-187. [PDF]

Wuyishan, “Why Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer,” Chinese Science News, Oct. 14 2021.

Fabian Zimmer, “The Power of the Periphery,”  H-Soz-Kult, Aug. 20. 2021.

Josh Berry, “The Power of the Periphery,” Environmental Philosophy, 18:1 (2021), 151-154. [PDF]

Peder Roberts, “The Power of the Periphery,” Isis, 112:3 (Sept. 2021), 635-636. [PDF]

Gregory Ferguson-Cradler, “The Power of the Periphery,” Environment and History, 27:3 (2021), 505-507. [PDF]

Elena Kochetkova, “The Power of the Periphery,” Technology and Culture, 62:3 (July 2021), 941-942. [PDF]

Hedda Susanne Molland, “Å kle seg i miljønasjonens drakt,” Salongen, May 4, 2021.

Anders Dunker, “Den norske dobbeltmoralen,” Ny tid, Aug. 2020, 4-5. [Page 1], [Page 2]. English edition

Summary in Norwegian

Peder Anker, “Periferiens makt: Historia om miljøvitenskapen,” Syn og segn, 3:126 (2020), 69-75.

Summary in English

Greenwashing a Nation,” LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (Spring 2022), 100-105

Blog-posts 

Peder Anker, “Greenwashing Norway“, Nordic Branding, Sept. 8, 2021. 

Nils Faarlund, “Full spredning av øko-filosofi“, Norges høgfjellsskole, June 4, 2021.  

Peder Anker, “Cabin Lockout“, Cambridge blog, Sept. 30, 2020.

Book talks

Stockholm +50: The Nordic Model of Ecological Transformation May 16, 2022.

Scandinavian Society Annual Meeting, April 30, 2022.

Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo March 14, 2022.

Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021, May 21, 2021. [Video]

Environmental History Week, April 19. 2021. [Video]

The National Library of Norway, April 12. 2021

Department of History, University of Bergen, Feb. 18, 2021.

Department of Philosophy, NTNU Trondheim, Feb. 9 2021

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Jan. 21, 2021.

The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger, Nov. 2, 2020. [Video]

History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting, Oct. 8, 2020. [Video]

Institute of Public Knowledge, New York University, Oct. 6 2020. [Video]

February 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned

423_5358_151253_xlPeder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim, Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Munich: Prestel, 2014).

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This book examines the possibilities for scaling design solutions to address global warming.

Global warming poses 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 designers make sure that global solutions do not come at the expense of local cultures and environments? By placing human rational, emotional, technological, and social needs at the center of our environmental concerns, this book proposes a new global design initiative. The aim is to develop a language of design that can create proximity between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. These featured projects showcase leading-edge design innovations at multiple scales. Global Design directors Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim discuss various ways in which design can reformat the unfortunate separation between humans and the natural world.

Review

Shaunacy Ferro, “7 Ways Architecture Can Tackle Global Warming” at FastCompany, Feb. 2015.

 

December 3, 2014 at 10:08 am 2 comments

从包豪斯到生态建筑 From Bauhaus to Ecohouse

Bauhas Ch

从包豪斯到生态建筑

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

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

Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945

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From 1895 to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Peder Anker asks why ecology expanded so rapidly and how a handful of influential scientists and politicians established a tripartite ecology of nature, knowledge, and society.

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April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm


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