Mushrooms emerging in construction realm as insulation To get off on the right foot, it’s not really mushrooms we are interested in. More their maze-like roots, known as Mycelium. Mushrooms are merely the fruit of such roots, like the visible tip of a much larger, submerged iceberg. And no small iceberg, either. By some definitions Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef is considered the world’s largest living organism. Spiral Dynamics In spiral dynamics, the term vmeme refers to a core value system, acting as an organizing principle, which expresses itself through memes (self-propagating ideas, habits, or cultural practices). The superscript letter v indicates these are not basic memes but value systems which include them. The colors act as reminders for the life conditions and mind capacities of each system and alternate between cool and warm colors as a part of the model. Within the model, individuals and cultures do not fall clearly in any single category (color).
Vincent Callebaut Architecte FLAVOURSORCHARD TYPE : Architectural & Engineering CommissionCLIENT : Private Developer, KunmingPROGRAM : Construction of 45 Plus-Energy (BEPOS) VillasPROJECT TITLE : Flavours OrchardCONTRACT PERFORMANCE LOCATION : Dianchi Lake, Kunming, Southwest China CitySURFACE AREA : 90.000 m²YEAR : 2014VCA’S TEAM: Jiaoyang Huang, Benoit Patterlini, Maguy Delrieu, Olivier Sylvain, Vincent Callebaut Stepping out of your plus-energy house regulating the light and the temperature cleverly and automatically according to the sun’s path. Catch the vital energies of the nature by training ourselves Tai Chi Chuan or Qi Gong under a snow of cherry tree petals. Cultivate together with our neighbors the community vegetable garden. Harvest the organic vegetables for the family dinner. Wander between the marshes of rainwater harvesting and the recycling lagoons where the sky of koï carps is covered of lotus flowers.
Earthships: Homes for a sustainable future Earthship Biotecture Mission statement: To evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of living, home by home. To make small, believable steps toward slowing down and ultimately reversing the negative impact of human development as it relates to the Earth’s ability to continue to support life. To present these steps in a way that affords easy understanding and inspires people to act. To empower people to make positive changes in their own lives to reduce their personal effect on global warming.
The Cybernetics Society: Links Encountering Cybernetics. Dr. Bernard Scott reflects on second order cybernetics as a cognitive methodology and how he came to know it. Memetics and memetics publications. Conscious Evolution: Leaping Into Possibility It’s 2013. You have probably noticed. We survived the end of days, so what now? What is humanity’s future? It is 39 years since the Futurist magazine published Prof. Clare W. Global information system Definition There are a variety of definitions and understandings of a Global Information System (GIS, GLIS), such as A global information system (GLIS) is an information system which is developed and / or used in a global context.A global information system (GLIS) is any information system which attempts to deliver the totality of measurable data worldwide within a defined context. Common to this class of information systems is that the context is a global setting, either for its use or development process.
DIF Biomimicry Challenge - Think Dif - Disruptive Innovation Festival DIF Biomimicry Challenge Use biomimicry to radically improve an aspect of the food system to fit within a circular economy. During this challenge, participants are asked to: "Use biomimicry to radically improve an aspect of the food system (e.g. production, packaging, nutrient recovery) to fit within a circular economy." So, how do you get started on a challenge as large and complex as the food system? First of all, you’ll need to become familiar with the various parts of the food system and how they are related.
10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself! 1) Sustainable does not mean primitive When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. Simplexity Simplexity is an emerging theory that proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity. The term draws from General Systems Theory, Dialectics (philosophy) and Design. Jeffrey Kluger wrote a book about this phenomenon that describes how house plants can be more complicated than industrial plants, how a truck driver's job can be as difficult as a CEO's and why 90% of the money donated to help cure diseases are given only to the research of 10% of them (and vice versa). The term has been adopted in advertising, marketing and the manufacture of left-handed screwdrivers. Design aspects Complexity tends to rise as system elements specialize and diversify to solve specific challenges.Simple interfaces tend to improve the usability of complex systems.
Renewable Energy Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel Renewable energy is becoming more and more competitive. Alternative and renewable energy sources are increasingly becoming more affordable. According to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, it is now less costly in America to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels, than it is to get it from coal-fired power plants. The study shows, when climate change costs and other health impacts were factored in, that it is even more cost effective to convert an existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine, than it is to keep the old fossil fuel-burning plant. Unsubsidized renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from coal and gas power stations in Australia as well. Wind farms in Australia can produce energy at AU$80/MWh.
Change:Epist-cause:Rational:Social science Social science. The social sciences present yet another problem about the nature of the causal connections involved in scientific explanations. By “social sciences,” I mean the various branches of science that attempt to understand human society, from anthropology and sociology, which both claim to be the most basic social science, to economics, political science and even history, though the latter has reservations about calling itself a science at all. The main issue about the nature of causation in these fields has to do with whether explanations of social phenomena are reducible to explanations of the individuals involved in social phenomena. It is basically a dispute between individualism and holism, and what is at issue is the essential nature of the object being studied by these sciences.