My reaction to Roger Revelle Centennial Symposium: Science for the Future and the Future of Science is that it is great that he and Ashok Khosla are on board with these scientific techniques for a sustainable world. Roger has pointed out that rich people and countries like the U.S. for example take more than they need. This sets the example for all of the smaller and poorer countries out there to practice wasteful strategies; Ashok reveals this as the Copy-Cat Method. It is very sad that poorer countries are so burnt out of working hard and not having what they deserve, the only way these countries find pride in themselves is to spawn big families with lots of children; this in turn creates a larger problem for the world when population is increasing at such a drastic number. By the time 2030 comes along we are going to need more space to withhold the population. I feel as if we shall continue to educate these smaller countries in non-wasteful spending techniques and regeneration techniques, by visiting these countries and participating in a teaching program, we can make a change. These very poor countries need to learn sustainable techniques to support their land and regenerate the biological characteristics of their ecology as priority. As Ashok said, there are different ways to do things. To learn, to care, and to teach: maybe if the U.S. gets smarter and starts to practice ways of ecology regeneration, we can set an example for others to follow.
While reading the “Changing the Dreams: How Civilizations Reinvent Themselves”, I’ve grasped a better understanding to science as a integral system. One thing I enjoyed was the assumptions that “better tools have led to three firmament-shaking shifts”. 1.) Everything is made of energy, not matter. This makes sense to me because of the fact that energy is embedded as a foundational element before you matter is formed. 2.) Everything is connected, not separable, and casualty is complex, not a simple, singular or sequential. In my opinion this statement is interesting because I am a strong believer in karma, everything we do has a greater purpose and the ethics of our actions is returned to us in an indirect way, everything is connected through complexity. 3.) Complex interdependent systems are more orderly than imagined. This to me is a view of scale, when you zoom out on the way entire systems are running; it is fairly simple to understand when put into a different perspective. All of these are important views to understand the transitional period of time we are going through.
“We will never solve our problems using the same kind of thinking that caused them in the first place.”
“Successful transitions require a conservative progressive alliance aimed at preserving past societal lessons while working past the limits and distortions of the current age.”
-Chapter 1 of The New Science of Sustainability – “Changing the Dreams: How Civilizations Reinvent Themselves”
Statement: The curves and indentations of the furniture reveal comfort and invite the spectator to sit and enjoy and discover the view of the landscape.
Water Work Park,
Statement: The ponds and native plants surrounding it reveal the landscape’s natural habitats and invites for natural occurring wildlife.
Red Ribbon Park
Statement: The continuous florescent red reveals the continuity of the successive curves and invites the spectators to use as furniture to enjoy scenery.
On Saturday May 18, 2013, I decided to volunteer in the garden being designed and built in Clover Elementary. As I volunteer I thought it wasn’t going to be that much since two days before other fellow classmates had gone before to work in there. I really like outdoor activities, that is way I got into this field. I work as a gardener all of my life here in the U.S. and have done some landscaping works, so I thought it would be a piece of cake. Yet to my surprise it wasn’t even close. There weren’t many tools around to work on the compacted soil. The terrain was so dry it was hard to work on some spots. I don’t mind hard work at all, but with not the right tools it is even more back breaking. We arrived early morning for a good experience of transforming something that look dull and unexciting to something more appealing and native. Once the plants were planted in it already started to look better, but once we were done putting the mulch, everything looks so much better. I really like how mulch makes objects poop out. It gives the soil other colors and thus makes the plants around it look better. Mulching is one of the things I like the most when i plant shrubs and flowers. It totally changes the way how things look and it dissolves with time, sun and water. Of course only if it is natural, unlike the tire chips that they tried to make into a better use, which created a lot of heat and killed plants. I really enjoy working with other classmates and upper class men, it feels nice doing stuff for small kids. It is amazing how something small can change how the land looks. I would volunteer again if needed. It is actually better than sitting down on a room for three or 4 hrs. Overall I learned some new things and like how we can do a difference in this world with our abilities to design boring, unattractive spaces into something so much better. Hope it happens again. I’m always up for it.
For my LA experience I went to the Hammer museum to watch a special performance, called “Forest of the Floor”. It was originally choreographed by Trisha Brown. The performance is only a part of Brown’s works called the Equipment Pieces possibly because of the equipment that is used: ropes and steel pipes.
When I first entered the museum I was confused. I didn’t know where the performance was. No one came out to announce the start and it began, out in the open center of the museum, where people casually hung out. I knew nothing about what I was watching at the time, because I wanted to interpret the piece in my own way.
At first, I was lost. I didn’t understand what was happening except two “dancers” dangling and climbing poles and clothes, wearing and removing clothes, and silence. There was no music to give me a slight hint, it was just the audience and the dancers.
As I continued watching I was thinking, why the performance was staged outside in a somewhat public space. I saw what surrounded the space and constantly asked myself why, why here? There were trees, wooden outdoor furniture, people, cars in motion, etc. It felt as if I was in a noisy jungle. Even the structure used for the performance reminded me of a jungle or forest like display, because the clothes were hanging and dangling like tree branches, a canopy. I also sensed the use of gravity. Seeing the dancers loosen their bodies and dangle from the steel pole, sort of like monkeys trying new ways to move about and relax in a chosen space.
I might have been looking for the most complex theme to the performance, but as I was discussing with someone else I realized I was unaware of the simplest meaning. Trisha Brown choreographed a performance that portrays a person’s simplest daily task to a more complex level of action.
For my LA Experienced I volunteered for the construction of the native garden at Clover Elementary. First when I arrived I thought that the construction of the garden was taking place in the children’s garden. But then realized that it was actually a rectangular piece of lad that was in front of modular classrooms.
I first believed that what was going to be left for the project was going to be planting, but then realized that the land still needed to be softened and manipulated further. The very first thing we did was grading the flat parcels of small land. The part that took the longest was the softening and breaking of the compressed soil. During that phase only the guys were able to work with the hardened land. After the soil was softened the land was manipulated into lower and higher areas, and what was dug out of one area was put onto another to dramatize low and high areas. Then after the rough grading was completed, the fine grading was done to make smoother transitions between the high and the low.
After the grading was done what came next was my favorite part of the whole day, the planting. First we started by placing the pots right on the desired planting spot. Then we dug holes two times larger than plant and almost as deep and filled with water twice and let it drain completely. Then came the secrets of successful planting. We added a scoop of compost in the hole and before placing the plant the roots were dipped into a liquid tea compost. At last after the plant was placed in the whole we watered the planted plant.
At last we did one of the most important things of the project that goes unseen, the irrigation system. if the plants aren’t watered properly they don’t thrive and the design dies with it. The irrigation that was used in the project was drip irrigation which was set on a timer. I didn’t work on the set up of the timer nor the more technical parts but I helped get every plant its own drip. After all the plants had a drip line the mulch was added to cover the soil and add additional nutrients and a uniform color and texture. At Last I wasn’t able to stay until the very end to see the garden 100% completed but at the end it looked good.
Even though I only volunteered for the very last phase of the construction there was still much to be done. The work consisted of grading, planting, drip irrigation and final touches & cleanup. It was an enriching educational experience. The part I liked the most was definitely learning how to plant properly and how the drip irrigation worked. I look forward to more volunteer opportunities.
Eibs Pond Park, Linda Pollak Architect, Mary Miss, 2001
The curvy path plays with the observers view, by taking one under the lake which alters perception.
Urban Lounge, by Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist, 2005
Source: Urban Landscape Architecture, Loft Publications
This space was revised to improve what use to be know as a normal space. The red carpet laid over the existing court yard becomes a lush and plentiful place that is inventing.
The Red Ribbon, Tanghe River Park,2006
The solid red line leads the viewer through the forests and also heightens ones senses of the rest of the forest due to the large contrast in color.
On Saturday May 4th I took a three hour bus trip to Los Angeles to visit the Mackey Garage Top. Walking up to my destination, I had trouble finding the exhibition. The building itself did not look like a gallery but more of an ordinary home. It was not until I walk to the back that I find my true final destination. It was on the second floor up stairs. As I stand right in front of the entrance I see the room for the first time. It is smaller than I anticipated, all white with open windows at one side and square pictures up on the other remaining walls, a young woman at the opening of the entrance on her phone. I am greeted by the young woman and told I may walk around and see the pictures as I please.
The pictures are set up in pairs and all the pictures are of the same two surfaces. The first pair of images were in gray scale with black and purple lines. Then next set of pictures is in bright colors of blue, red, green and yellow. It seems like each color represents the incline of the surface. The next picture I was unsure of. It is a blurry gray type of picture differing in shades from white to dark gray. It may represent sound maybe. The next pair was an actual model showing. You’re able to see the density and the motion of the surface. The next pair is a set of lines on a transparent layers placed in front of the last 2 models giving it an almost three dimensional look to it. I was not very sure if I was supposed to see through these images to the models behind it but when I did I can see that the lines fit comfortably on top of the models. The last pair where of the same lines as the previous image but in 2D.
The woman did not have any knowledge of any of the images or the architects responsible for this exhibition when I asked and with that my visit was done in a short time. I left the gallery a little surprised at how short my experience was but still enjoyable. I saw one form in many different and abstract ways that analyzed the one form to its core which I can apply to my studies.