Monthly Archives: februari 2015

The magic of our reality

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At the core of the challenge we face is the inevitable uncertainty of dynamic combination human-natural systems. Rapid modifications of biophysical systems have the potential to trigger regime shifts —abrupt and irreversible changes—that will have significant consequences. It is clear that the likelihood of regime shifts is higher in ecosystems where humans have reduced resilience by modifying biogeochemical cycles, altering hydrological regimes, reducing biodiversity, and changing the magnitude, frequency, and duration of disturbance regimes. We know these are hard problems to solve, but they are by no means impossible. A new understanding of our relationship to the natural and designed world is imminent, the implications are profound, and will shape our appreciation of humanity and influence the world around us. Read More

Stress in the city

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The lifeblood of cities, the city dwellers, who have a life of their own and who introduce human fuzziness and socio-cultural variables, create a gigantic scenario of human possibilities and achievements. Just like their inhabitants, cities must constantly reinvent themselves in order to develop and keep themselves alive. They are alive with movement. A rapid flow of exchange is facilitated by a meshwork of infrastructure connections. Transport grids, building complexes, information and communication technology, social networks and people form the bones, organs, muscles, nerves and cell tissue of a city. City districts grow and change their character, people change their views and move, old things must cease to exist in order to make room for the new. For flexible and creative city-dwellers the city is a constant source of enrichment and inspiration. Change brings fresh energy and exhilaration. New ideas can be quickly implemented. Cities that change quickly and follow the zeitgeist are reference points for global trends, innovation and progress. Read More

No city without neighborhoods

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The old urban crisis, characterized by the decline of central cities, still has not been addressed adequately. Business districts shrank; economic, political, and cultural centers diminished in size and function; once-fashionable residential neighborhoods fell into decline; and deterioration, crime, and emerged in despair and poverty. Communities today face a complex range of social, environmental, and economic challenges. There is growing debt at household, government and corporate levels, and wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living. The gap between the rich and the poor is becoming bigger, not smaller. Many communities are seeing that new ways of addressing these challenges are needed, approaches which acknowledge the interrelated nature of these issues. Along with creating the ability to respond to shocks and threats, resilience on local level is about increasing a community’s capacity to respond pro-actively and enhance well-being even while under stress. A focus on resilience emphasizes the dynamic nature of communities and the fact that they are always changing. Read More