July 2011 Archives

in honour of amy winehouse

4-Methylmethcathinone and playing her music and reading the lyrics for two days

what a voice and she could write

just saw the end of his talk at berkeley, may 2, 2011.and realized how urgent things were


partial transcript added 09.02.12 christopher is reading from notes

"The creation of life and of the living is and must be the fundamental criterion for our activities when we build the environment whether it be freeway buildings, housing projects, tracts, etc, etc. Now can we truthfully say that the Eishin campus is a living structure, a very rare event, difficult to achieve in practice, a kind of structure not easy to replicate? The theory of replicating this structure, an achievable structure, can be made actual, practicable and workable. We must make this available in our present day society.

Even though it is hard, it is useless for us to see it only as a target not realizable in practice. The nonliving structures which have surrounded us on earth for about a hundred years have undermined human society at gigantic cost to us and our fellow beings. The paradigm of the robot or simulation of living structure do not have the attributes of living structure and are not and cannot be living environments.

This must be achieved. Now.

Social disorder, mental illness, failure to keep pace with spiritual understanding.

Children, animals, plants, form a rich fabric but this rich fabric does not yet have its own Bill of Rights.

Although artificial complex layered structures of our environment are forms of life and useful semi-living machines are helpful in medicine but we are not yet living as living soulful creatures and will not be until the necessary structures of a living society and living environments are fully present. This is not only a criticism of the physical structure of buildings and towns.

We have the information that is needed to reach this state. Many books written in the last one hundred years have by now spelled-out detailed information about living structure, how the structure must be supported, cared for, regulated, how the structure can be maintained in vibrant and living steady health. We have no excuse for neglecting our knowledge. We must act on what we know and we must make use of the rich field of architecture with the information that is now available.

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