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Xárene Eskandar
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    Her visions of the future can be seen as either post-apocolyptic or as alternatives for future planetary colonizations.

    An article I recently read by Seth Roberts, professor at UC Berkeley Psychology department, touched on 'Stone Age' diets as a healthier eating habit to maintain weight and healthy sleep—basically cutting processed foods and eating foods in their natural state. If a 'Stone Age' diet is proven to be healthier, would other aspects of Stone Age life improve our chances of not screwing up the next planet we inhabit?

    The initial purpose of 'architecture' was as shelter from the elements. It was a cave and then a simple tree hut made of four branch columns holding a roof of leaves. Maybe that's way too basic to regress to, but with the possibilities we have today in terms of new fabrics and new materials as various skins to protect us from heat, cold, rain and ice, wearing our shelter like a snail is not impossible. Networking and communication technologies are already being built into our garments, such as NASA's gloves with sewn remotes for rovers, therefore wearing our work, play and networks is definately not impossible.

    100% snail is probably too extreme and impossible for the way we have set up our societies to function, but building less is possible and changing our ways is inevitable. Overtime, we should not be altering the natural state of our environment, but should instead mess with our own evolution. We will die and be continuously replaced by new generations which will further evolve to adapt to their planet. The natural planet should always be there.

    This method is the extreme opposite of what we are living right now. And as Fuller argues in Operating Manual to Spaceship Earth over specialization will kill a specie if it's environment changes from what it has adapted itself to. I guess that's something to think about.
    Tue, Apr 10, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: utopian, post-apocolyptic
    Sent to project: Design Media Arts at UCLA
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