May 15, 2019

Flourishing

May 2019

«Homeostasis refers to the fundamental set of operations at the core of life, (...) is the powerful, unthought, unspoken imperative, whose discharge implies, for every living organism, small or large, nothing less than enduring and prevailing. (...) The part (...) that concerns "enduring" (...) produces survival and is taken for granted without any specific reference or reverence whenever the evolution of any organism or species is considered. The part of homeostasis that concerns "prevailing" (...) ensures that life is regulated within a range that is not just compatible with survival but also conductive to flourishing, to a projection of life into the future of an organism or a species.» Antonio Damasio, 2019. The Strange Order of Things. Vintage Books. 

May 10, 2019

May

May 2019

"Even at the outer limits of absurdity and contradiction people will make up anything. Then they will believe and build on this anything." in Anna Burns, 2018, Milkman

May 6, 2019

May

May 2019

"Focus on enjoying your dayly rituals, using them as tools to enter a state of flow. Don't worry about the outcome - it will come naturally. Happiness is in the doing, not in the result." Héctor Garcia and Francesc Miralles, 2017. Ikigai. Penguin.

Apr 12, 2019

Apr 11, 2019

April

April 2019

Mon'Ami. (Bosques na cidade / Small forests in the city) 

Mar 31, 2019

March

March 2019

"When one becomes a child of nature, one is encompassed by a natural beauty that only nature can give. The more one returns to the bosom of nature, the more intense that beauty becomes." (Soetso Yanagi, 2018. The Beauty of Everyday Things. Penguin Classics)

March

March 2019 

"There is no linear increase in fluidity without extensive systems of immobility." (Elliott & Urry, 2010. Mobile Lives)

Mar 20, 2019

March


"This is the third in a series of reports on the circular economy in support of the framing, implementation and evaluation of European circular economy policy from an environmental perspective. The two previous reports applied a systemic approach to framing a circular economy and to the products within it. This report on the bioeconomy addresses circularity aspects of bio-based products and the sustainable use of renewable natural resources." The circular economy and the bioeconomy — Partners in sustainability

Jan 2, 2019

January

January

"I planted seeds in a beautiful garden that I will never see and they will become tall  trees. I left some love and fantasies. This is my legacy. Dream it all for me." Rise up, wise up, eyes up. Ibeyi, 2018.

Dec 25, 2018

Biodiversity-rich areas

December

"Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) refers to the strategically managed network of urban green spaces and natural and semi-natural ecosystems situated within the boundary of an urban ecosystem. These high-quality, biodiversity-rich areas can help make cities more sustainable and contribute to solve many challenges, such as air pollution, noise, climate change impacts, heat waves, floods and public health concerns. As cities grow and develop, it is vital to improve the availability, quality and accessibility of UGI." MAES Joachim, ZULIAN Grazia, GUENTHER Susann,THIJSSEN Martijn, RAYNAL Julie, 2019. Enhancing Resilience Of Urban Ecosystems through Green Infrastructure (EnRoute).

Dec 19, 2018

(re)encountering spaces

December

"(...) new technologies inherently cause people to reencounter spaces. This is not a question of mediation, but rather one of simultaneous layering. (...) The spaces into which new technologies are deployed are not stable, not uniform, and not given." P. Dourish & G. Bell (2007). The infrastructure of experience and the experience of infrastructure: meaning and structure in everyday encounters with space. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, vol. 34(3), pp.414-430.

Oct 12, 2018

Geographies of Mobilities

October
"The rhythms of commuting are exceedingly diverse and shaped by numerous factors, including the mode of transport and its particular affordances, cultural practices and social conventions, modes of regulation, the distance travelled and the specificities of the space passed through. (...) The spatial scales of travel vary according to weather a journey conjoins home and work over short distances or extends many miles, or occurs on large highways, smaller roads or railways." 
Tim Edensor. Commuter: Mobility, Rhythm and Commuting. in Tim Cresswell and Peter Merriman (2016). Geographies of Mobilities: practices, spaces, subjects. Routledge.

Sep 3, 2018

September

September

"And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be
Are full of trees and changing leaves."
in To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf.

Aug 18, 2018

August

August

August

August

"The sun glistens on the leaves in a way I've never seen. It's real. Not like the sun in the Dome. (...) Mother Nature is always one step ahead when it comes to beauty. She's quite the artist." Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, 2018. Eve of Man. Penguin Books.

Aug 16, 2018

Forests and Climate

June

In the begining of 19th century, "Humboldt was the first to explain the fundamental functions of the forest for the atmosphere and the climate: the trees' ability to store water and to enrich the atmosphere with moisture, their protection of the soil, and their cooling effect. (...) The effects of the human species' intervention were already 'incalculable', Humboldt insisted, and could became catastrophic if they continued to disturb the world so 'brutally'. " in Andrea Wulf, 2016, The Invention of Nature.  

Aug 10, 2018

August

August

"Mycorrhizal networks (also known as common mycorrhizal networks or CMN) are underground hyphal networks created by mycorrhizal fungi that connect individual plants together and transfer water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients and minerals. The formation of these networks is context dependent, and can be influenced by factors such as soil fertility, resource availability, host or myco-symbiont genotype, disturbance and seasonal variation."  

Aug 2, 2018

Forest

Lombardia, september 2017
‘forest’ means an area of land defined by the minimum values for area size, tree crown cover or an equivalent stocking level, and potential tree height at maturity at the place of growth of the trees as specified for each Member State in Annex II. It includes areas with trees, including groups of growing, young, natural trees, or plantations that have yet to reach the minimum values for tree crown cover or an equivalent stocking level or minimum tree height as specified in Annex II, including any area that normally forms part of the forest area but on which there are temporarily no trees as a result of human intervention, such as harvesting, or as a result of natural causes, but which area can be expected to revert to forest;" 
in Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 and Decision No 529/2013/EU (Text with EEA relevance)

Jul 20, 2018

Nature

June

"Close your eyes, prick your ears, and from the softest sound to the wildest noise, from the simplest tone to the highest harmony, from the most violent, passionate scream to the gentlest words of sweet reason, it is Nature who speaks, revealing her being, her power, her life, and her relatedness so that a blind person, to whom the infinitely visible world is denied, can grasp an infinite vitality in what can be heard." J. Wolfgang von Goethe, cited by Andrea Wulf (2016), The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science

Jun 26, 2018

June

June

“The free-radical theory of ageing is one of those beautiful ideas killed by ugly facts. (…) Not one tenet of the theory, as it was originally formulated, has withstood the scrutiny of experimental testing. (…) The findings are clear. Taking high-dose antioxidant supplements carries a modest but consistent risk. (…) Antioxidants can undermine energy availability.” Nick Lane, 2016. The Vital Question: why is life the way it is? Profile Books Ltd, London.

Jun 21, 2018

summer

June

June


"(...) the power for growth comes from the reactivity of the environment,  wich fluxes continuously through living cells  (in the form of food and oxygen in our case, photons of light in the case of plants). Living cells couple this continuous energy flux to growth, (...) through ingenious structures, in part specified by genes. But whatever those structures may be (...), they are themselves the outcome of growth and replication, natural selection and evolution, none of which is possible in the absence of a continuous energy flux from somewhere in the environment." (Nick Lane, 2016). The Vital Question: why is life the way it Is?)

June

June

Jun 20, 2018

June


"The fact that something so fragile, so unbearably tender had survived, had been allowed to exist, was a miracle." Arundhati Roy, The God of small things. 

Jun 19, 2018

June


"After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?" (Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989. The Remains of the Day)

Jun 12, 2018

June

June

"Over time he had acquired the ability to blend into the background (...) It usually took strangers a while to notice him even when they were in the same room with him. It took them even longer to notice that he never spoke. Some never noticed at all" Arundhati Roy (2017). The God of small things.

May 24, 2018

success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

May 15, 2018

May

May 15, 2018, by...
"Photographs were useful, but somehow always confirmed the memory rather than liberating it." (Julian Barnes, 2018, The only story.)

Apr 30, 2018

smoothly overlaying

April
"(...) there are memories that seem to run like a film, smoothly overlaying all the others, that have such shape and form that you suspect that they are inventions and may have created themselves, and within them your own identity even begins to slide and fade, and is liable to change as in a dream." (Georgina Harding, 2009, The spy game.)