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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

My review of The Silwood Circle

silwoodHannay Gay, The Silwood Circle: A History of Ecology and the Making of Scientific Careers in Late Twentieth-Century Britain (London: Imperial College Press, 2013).

Annals of Science, 71, Oct. 3. 2014.

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October 7, 2014 at 9:30 am 3 comments

My review of Shaping Ecology: The Life of Arthur Tansley

ayresPeter G. Ayres, Shaping Ecology: The Life of Arthur Tansley (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Isis, 105:2 (June 2014), 446-447.

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September 1, 2014 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

My review of The Gaia Hypothesis

GaiaMichael Ruse, The Gaia Hypothesis: Science on a Pagan Planet (Chicago: Chicago University Press 2013).

Centaurus, 56:2 (May 2014), 123-124.

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April 14, 2014 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

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

The Parable of the Cats

Many years ago I published a translation of the Norwegian philosopher Peter Wessel Zapffe’s famous “The Parable of the Cats” (from his book On the Tragic, 1941), with a short introduction by David Rotheberg and myself. I still find Zapffe’s parable thought provoking.

Peter Wessel Zapffe, “The Parable of the Cats,” Terra Nova 2:1 (1997), 151-153.

May 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

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