The Pacific Northwest | Olympic National Park (by Danny Lipinski)
inFORM - Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display (by Tangible Media Group)
A Californian whom I had recently the pleasure of meeting observed that, if the philosophers had lived among your mountains, their systems would have been different from what they are. Certainly, I should say, very different from what those systems are which the European genteel tradition has handed down since Socrates; for these systems are egotistical; directly or indirectly they are anthropocentric, and inspired by the conceited notion that man, or human reason, or the human distinction between good and evil, is the centre and pivot of the universe. That is what the mountains and the woods should make you at last ashamed to assert…
It is the yoke of this genteel tradition itself that these primeval solitudes lift from your shoulders. They suspend your forced sense of your own importance not merely as individuals, but even as men. They allow you, in one happy moment, at once to play and to worship, to take yourselves simply, humbly, for what you are, and to salute the wild, indifferent, non-censorious infinity of nature. You are admonished that what you can do avails little materially, and in the end nothing. At the same time, through wonder and pleasure, you are taught speculation. You learn what you are really fitted to do, and where lie your natural dignity and joy, namely, in representing many things, without being them, and in letting your imagination, through sympathy, celebrate and echo their life.
Cults “High Road” (by Hiro Murai)
Project Ouroboros was designed & built over three years (starting in 1973) by the incoming freshmen of Prof. Dennis Holloway’s Environmental Design class at the University of Minnesota.
The house was a platform for experimentation with new (and ancient) sustainable technologies including active solar collection, wind generation, a composting toilet and a sod roof.
Each fall, new participants were initiated through a weekend of camping in which they improvised their shelter from cardboard and PVC sheeting.