Notes on the Third Ecology – via landscape+urbanism

Further reviews of essays from Ecological Urbanism by Jason King of landscape+urbanism:Sanford Kwinter

Kwinter used the dichotomy of city/nature, rooting in our historic perceptions that evolved in the Industrial era.  As mentioned, this concept is characterized by a time“…when immense upheavals in social, economic, and political life transformed the very landscape around us and our relationship to it irreversibly and in depth.” (94)

In essence, the evolution of cities had previously existed in tandem with available natural resources, which limited their size and scope. Technological improvements in transportation and the accumulation of wealth shifted us from local dependence on surrounding nature.  This has continued in our technologically advanced modern society, as Kwinter explains:

“Three billion of earth’s citizens today live in cities, and virtually all of the exponential growth in population anticipated over the next fifty years will be urban. A significant number of those who do not live in physical urban environments increasingly live in psychic ones…” (98)

:: Dharavi slum – image via Indian Adventures

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Durban: Powered by waste

An interesting case study from Sustainable Cities on Durban, how South Africa’s future waste treatment could change the CO2 footprint of our cities while generating jobs and business opportunities:

South Africa causes 50 % of green house gas emissions on the entire African continent. Imagine Durban is a vision and a process about mobilizing and re-defining every sector of Durban City – from government to non-government, from civil society, NGOs, institutions – to business organizations and common people. The aim is to encourage all parties to imagine where they want to be in the future – the image making process has begun – and the changes already show in the city of Durban.

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Bon Voyage? Visualizing Where Trash Travels (via Encountering Urbanization)

Where does our waste go when we dump it in the trash or even if we recycle it? Here are some answers for American junk – I wonder how much of ours is recycled into things we get back again in a another form? We (Cape Town residents) are not currently very good as our city does not collect separated waste- nor are our voluntary processes great – but if you take some effort – like my good wife – then you can take your sorted paper, plastic, metal tins and glass to the local dump where eager hands will sort it further for recycling. We need to do more of that and our systems should “learn: to support us!

Bon Voyage? Visualizing Where Trash Travels Being so soon after the New York blizzard melted and revealed mammoth piles of frozen garbage hiding in piles of dirty snow, it seems an inopportune time to talk about visualizing waste. Most city dwellers see plenty of it every day. But our trash is taking a pretty interesting journey from city to city, continent to continent. The three stories below give us glimpses into the path our garbage takes and the people behind converting it from waste … Read More

via Encountering Urbanization