Category Archives: Science

It’s Where We Live

Home, by Yann-Arthus Bertrand. A stunning photographic exploration of our own backyard, a surprising amount of which I felt like I was seeing for the first time. The whole movie is here… Advertisements

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Can Cities Feed Themselves?

Urban agriculture fascinates me, so I thought I’d share links to a few articles in case anyone else is also fascinated… {image is from third article) From Warehouses to Urban Farms The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future … Continue reading

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Can Cities Make Us Crazy?

{photo source} Another article from The Atlantic…this one examines the connection between the urban environment and schizophrenia. I tend to ignore articles that seem anti-urban, but I don’t think cultivating a skewed, partisan view of the city is especially healthy. … Continue reading

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Neuroscience and the Buddha Mind

If meditation can actually make minds and bodies healthier, could the same approach be taken with cities? What if, as a supplemental process to traditional quantitative analysis, planners and urban shapers meditated on their city? What does it mean to be that city? Would such a process reveal truths typically unseen? Continue reading

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Coral Reef Extinction Could Cripple Nations’ Economies

Coral reefs are dying, and scientists and governments around the world are contemplating what will happen if they disappear altogether. The idea positively scares them. Coral reefs are part of the foundation of the ocean food chain. Nearly half the fish the world eats make their homes around them. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide – by some estimates, 1 billion across Asia alone – depend on them for their food and their livelihoods. If the reefs vanished, experts say, hunger, poverty and political instability could ensue. Continue reading

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