Monthly Archives: November 2009

Climate Change Camp NZ

The world waits with collective breath held to see if the upcoming Copenhagen conference can produce anything more than hot air.   To coincide with this epic global event is the first NZ version of the climate change camps that have been run in England for some years.  The British version of the climate camps describes itself

“The Climate Camp is a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it.

I’ve been wondering in the past few years why humanity was so will to make significant sacrifices in the 20th Century for causes such as gender equality, ending apartheid, anti-nuclear campaigns, gay rights to name a few, yet when we face what is arguably the most significant and likely threat to our survival on the planet as it is today we are timid, unsure and uncommitted.   As the younger generation we have some cause to be angry with the powers that have been ignoring  climate science for 3o or years,  but if we don’t take action now to alter our cause then we are equally responsible for the damaging centuries to come.   We can complain about the short-sightness of politicians all we want, we can be dismayed at the mis direction of economists, and we can be angry with the baby boomers for blowing the greatest generation of wealth we may ever know, but if we don’t take take responsibility to act when the time is called for then we are merely a silent part of the problem.

So when grass roots events like the NZ Climate Camp come along it is a great chance to educate ourselves and direct our actions positively.  Have a look at the nice website, and contact them if you have anything to offer.

Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa

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Cell Size and Scale Animation

In the spirit of the legendary Eames film ‘The Powers of Ten’ comes this exquisite interactive animation illustrating various scaled objects.  It uses a lovely interactive ‘flash’ page.  I can’t link it to this site, so do go to The University of Utah ‘Learn Genetics’ site HERE, and have a looksy.

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2012! 2012! 2012!

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While I continue to question the wisdom of calling all-and-sundry to Wellington in 2012, this stunning peice of visual explanation has suddenly appeared on my computer screen.   Its the sceptics vs believers views on whether the world is really going to end in 2012.  Probably not, but it sure is pretty.  [link to full article from www.informationisbeautiful.net]

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Awesome news

Two bits of great news yesterday.

1. The  Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich Architects which we visited as part of Global Studio earlier this year has been awarded The World Building of the Year Award at The World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.  Dezeen Magazine has more here.

2. Yesterday the founder and conveyor of Global Studio Anna Rubbo was awarded the prestigious Skandalaris award at this week’s NCSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and NCAA (National Council of Art Administrators) Conference in St Louis . Global Studio is recognised for its programs and work in Istanbul, Vancouver and Johannesburg. The award is to “support new or on-going projects ands/or creative research”. Horrah! I say.

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Lubbeus on Rem

A really fascinating article from Lebbeus Woods about the excitement of Rem Koolhaas early work, with the strong implication that it is no longer exciting now.

Worth a quick read, I say!

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