By: Doug Hanna, Partner, M.Arch, MAA, SAA, MRAIC, LEED®AP
There is a wonderful quote from Jonas Salk that said: “If all of the insects were to disappear from the Earth, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”
Now from that one might conclude that if we let mosquitoes take over our city that all would be good. Or maybe, there is something more creative that we can do to preserve our planet and live more sustainably in our cities.
We are dependent on our ecosystems and their functioning for our food, waste, and air.
By: Vasili Mattheos, M.Arch
“The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” – Oscar WildeArt was probably invented a long time ago by ancient humans who had nothing better to do. One day, at least one person from this group was done looking for food, clothing him or herself, and creating shelter. Tired of having nothing to do, this person, possibly a child, decided to make something for the sake of making it. Some of the others might have joined in. Then the thing was created. The group probably stared at the created thing, and probably scratched their heads, thinking about it. Some of them probably liked it. They might have even carried it around or kept it in a special place for a while. Art was probably born that day.
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