The Man Who Started a Fire (Christopher Alexander Lecture at Berkeley, California)

Posted by & filed under Building, DVDs/Books, Presentations/Demonstrations, Society.

by Øyvind Holmstad Jump to 12:20 to skip introductions As said in the introduction to this lecture held in spring 2011, Christopher Alexander has started a fire that keeps on burning, spread by the ‘wind’ throughout the world. But in the wake of this fire there’s no ash, but only beauty and true living structure…. Read more »

Permaculture, Nature & Civilization

Posted by & filed under General.

by Øyvind Holmstad Workers of the industrial revolution Permaculture was first a contraction of the words permanent agriculture, later being widened to include all permanent culture. The problem is, however, that culture is seen as opposed to nature, its contradiction. Ross Wolf writes: The concept usually opposed to “culture” is “nature,” as structuralist anthropology taught… Read more »

The Deep Truth of a Sheltering Roof

Posted by & filed under Building.

The roof plays a primal role in our lives. The most primitive buildings are nothing but a roof. If the roof is hidden, if its presence cannot be felt around the building, or if it cannot be used, then people will lack a fundamental sense of shelter. – Christopher Alexander Traditional farmhouse from Løten, Norway… Read more »

A Zen View Upon the World (Less is More)

Posted by & filed under Building, Consumerism, Society.

by Øyvind Holmstad This article is inspired by the Alexandrine pattern 134, Zen View. The pattern states: “The archetypal zen view occurs in a famous Japanese house, which gives this pattern its name.” Let’s start with listening to the wisdom of A Pattern Language (Please note that the illustrations of the original text are missing):

A Multilayered Anti-Pattern

Posted by & filed under Building, Land, Society, Village Development.

by Øyvind Holmstad The problem is that we are adapting to the wrong things — to images, or to short-term greed, or to the clutter of mechanics. These maladaptations are known as “antipatterns” — a term coined not by Alexander, but by software engineers. An antipattern is something that does things wrong, yet is attractive… Read more »

Charles Eisenstein on Growing “the Bright Side of the Force”

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Village Development.

Charles Eisenstein, the author of Sacred Economics, gave this inspiring talk to Occupy Wall Street, which is actually about growing “the bright side of the force”. This Star Wars inspired theme I couple with “the handicap principle“, which has a “bright” and a “dark” side; the selfish and the cooperative. Animals generally use just one of these forces… Read more »

From Ideology to Technology

Posted by & filed under Building, Society, Urban Projects, Village Development.

by Øyvind Holmstad Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros are running a series of essays in Metropolis Magazine at the moment, they are all published here. I’ve no idea how long the series will run — hopefully forever. Anyway, it’s time to introduce this series to permaculture people, and I’ll be concentrating on the first five essays about the… Read more »

A New Permatecture Toolbox! (From Nikos A. Salingaros)

Posted by & filed under Building, DVDs/Books, Eco-Villages, Society, Village Development.

by Øyvind Holmstad The goal of permaculture is to reunite man with nature and man with man through design systems, and here patterns play an important role. Still, patterns can only reunite humans with natural systems and with each other, not with the geometry of the universe. Surely in what I like to call permatecture,… Read more »

The Timeless Way of Building

Posted by & filed under Building, Consumerism, DVDs/Books, Eco-Villages, Land, People Systems, Society, Village Development.

by Øyvind Holmstad This timeless book from Christopher Alexander was released back in the seventies, and it’s just as much a book on philosophy as on architecture. Still, the main purpose of the book is as an introduction to A Pattern Language. Alexander’s architectural writings at the same time develop a philosophy of nature and… Read more »

Vandana Shiva x3

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Economics, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, GMOs, People Systems, Plant Systems, Seeds, Village Development.

by Øyvind Holmstad In this interview for CSSC Encounters, Dr. Vandana Shiva gives the history of her engagement and explains the situation we are in now, facing a new fascism as corporations and governments merge. Still, she is always using an optimistic tone, in spite of corporate grabs of our common heritage, the natural world… Read more »