Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Armstrong
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We are in the belly of an environmental Hell, yet we should not aspire to forge ourselves a utopian Eden to find a sense of ongoingness in these challenging times but unleash a biospherical Babel from which hybrid practices, paradoxes, and as yet unknown modes of being in the world may be discovered. While we do not yet have the language or apparatuses that can midwife these convergences, bittersweet encounters and monsters, we can begin to make a transition from an Enlightenment-centered view of the world—based on the utopian vision of New Atlantis, a society shaped by science that gave rise to the modern city, towards an incompletely characterized “Ecocene”—a time of flux, uncertainty, diversity and instability, by shaping the values on which our decisions are founded through iteratively explored, experimental practices that are evaluated through “being-in-the-world” and the sensibilities of “living”.
Author(s): Armstrong RA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal Of Biourbanism
Online publication date: 15/11/2017
Acceptance date: 24/05/2017
Date deposited: 29/07/2017
ISSN (electronic): 2240-2535
Publisher: International Society of Biourbanism