Author: Ecotechnics Staff

From Science to Art and Back: Problems in Translation?

Roger Malina  “The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it” I recall our dear friend, the late geophysicist Keith Runcorn saying there was nothing to equal the excitement of a new observational tool, because it is totally unknown what it will reveal. Roger has had the excitement of being a pioneer not only of a new type of astronomical observatory, but one previously considered impossible because of the assumed opacity of the interstellar medium in the extreme ultraviolet spectra. Ha! Roger and his team proved the nay-sayers wrong.  It’s fitting given Roger’s...

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Conference Summary

Mediterranean Conference Summary This weekend we have gathered to investigate and celebrate the Mediterranean. Before I attempt to provide some reflection on the truly many-splendored journey we have shared , I wish to acknowledge and deeply thank the people who have made our collective experience so deeply satisfying on many levels. For overall conference management and making sure that the planning had groundtruth and logistical know-how, we thank Margaret Augustine and Marie Harding. John Allen for having the vision for this conference. John, Kathelin Gray and Deborah Snyder for helping find the right people. Bill Dempster brilliantly carried out...

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Give Me an Ampoule of Green Bodies and I Will Live

Green Bodies: Give Me and Ampoule and I will Live Ecosystems for Today’s Architectures by Antonio Saggio A paper from Antonio Saggio’s keynote speech at the Talk at Chania, Isle of Crete, Greece, August, 30, 2011.  European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture – European Association for Architectural Education International Conference Introduction This essay summarizes my research of the last five years and is projected to become the next chapter of my last EAAE-ENHSA keynote speech delivered five years ago. When I delivered that speech according to my usual practice, I created a hidden link, which expanded the...

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NOW ON YOUTUBE: Biosphere 2 -Story of the Original Design and Building

NOW ON YOUTUBE: Here is a 13 minute overview narrated by the cofounders and project directors about why a private entity built the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology, Biosphere 2, and how eight people lived and worked inside it for two years (1991-1993) growing their food, recycling their air, water and wastes. This experiment defined many aspects of the intimate metabolic connection between humans and the environment that sustains them and greatly advanced the field of space habitat design. The project has been noted as the first attempt to determine the value of ecosystems services in this man-made...

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IE Amazon Ethnobotanical Collection Moves to Southern Cross University Herbarium, New South Wales

Robyn Tredwell (center) with Robert Hahn (right) with shaman guides. From 1981 – 1983, Robyn Tredwell and Robert Hahn, both directors of the Institute of Ecotechnics participated in the “Amazon River Expedition” on board the research vessel Heraclitus in charge of the ethnobotanical collections. The impetus to mount this expedition was made by Harvard professor Richard Evans Schultes, founder of contemporary ethnobotany, who spoke at our 1979 conference in Malaysia. When we asked what could we do to help preserve the lore of the jungle, he suggested that the Institute use its sailing ship, the Heraclitus to undertake an expedition up...

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