20 February 2007
Making concrete & negotiating scales, levels, ... & ... …consequences…
long version: Making concrete and negotiating scales, levels, proportions and consequences of environmental and climate change.
To address and tackle challenges of unprecedented impact, dynamics and complexity it might be a good idea to step back and resort to early architects, designers, and system scientists, like Hasan Ozbekhan and another planner named Constantinos A. Doxiadis. They were thinking embodied (concrete or tangible) and “out of the box” and for exampledesigned problem or issue spaces, by stepping back conceptually (maybe call it panning and zooming) in order to see a bigger picture. The Ekistic Grid of Doxiadis, is for example, a created frame of references for a Science of Planning (EKISTICS http://www.ekistics.org/Eindex.htm), a, 2-dimensional grid, but already Doxiades envisioned a third dimension “Time” to be better able to point at and relate issues and processes.
Such a common grid, or call it common frames of references are needed to communicate complex issues along and across scales and, to avoid a babylonic confusion and the noise of different messages, media, & signs,. …
Unaware of this grid the author designed for a Global Change exhibition in 1990 a similar “exponat” or object space to present the disciplines, magnitutes and time-periods involved in ecologic-economic or even cultural processes (called a Rubik's Cube of Ecology).
Maybe visit the entries in the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics: http://benking.de/systems/encyclopedia/newterms/ or see the Global Change exhibition from 1990: http://benking.de/Global-Change/system-earth-posters.html and how it came about: (KNOWMAP article: http://benking.de/Global-Change/spatial-spacial.html.
http://benking.de/systems/encyclopedia/newterms/ or see the Global Change exhibition from 1990: http://benking.de/Global-Change/system-earth-posters.html and how it came about: (KNOWMAP article: http://benking.de/Global-Change/spatial-spacial.html.
This “old” and very practical thinking of architecture, planning, and systems innovators, has to be brought into modern times, to include the not physically and directly visible extra dimension of micro, macro or cultural changes. We call the combination of such grids or spaces which “index” a Cognitive Panorama (see link above) as a 9-d reference based on the combination of object, subject and context spaces (or call it world and cultural coordinates).
New is the need to make concrete also the magnitudes and dynamics of the temporal, cultural, lingual “regimes” involved.
At last weeks National Press Conference about CLIMATE CHANGE policies in Germany the state secretary and member of parliament Michael Mueller from the Ministry of Environment requested: 1. different thinking, 2. overcoming isolated worlds or turfs, and 3. a different understanding of time. This is exactly what the “construction” is about. Maybe also see: Environmental Challenges: http://books.nap.edu/books/0309072549/html/91.html, common frames of references for Noel Brown (UNEP) Benking 1994 http://benking.de/FIG_XX-Melbourne-1994.htmhttp://benking.de/FIG_XX-Melbourne-1994.htm, and Conceptual Superstructure as proposed when in the NRC in 1993: http://benking.de/Global-Change/conceptual-superstructure-nas-1993.html
The challenges of a multi-media, multiple sign systems, call it in one Cyberculture, are immense. We have tried to address them with ICSU CODATA recently: http://benking.de/systems/codata/http://benking.de/systems/codata/
A good deeper and more recent look into the “higher” or “deeper” issues involved can be found in the “Higher Education” pentalogy, see: http://quergeist.info/higher-education/
Please see that the topic of commons: common ground and common goods, is very central to the challenges mentioned above, as often the information we get is biased and distorted. The Challenge is to look into fidelity and something like ecological footprints, which means comparable areas presented with comparable content, shared units, so you avoid the sharlatan approach of butting under one buttombottom line differences. For more, see the issue environmental data Harmonization and Visual Demagogy: http://benking.de/GI/GI-datavisual-1987.htmlhttp://benking.de/GI/GI-datavisual-1987.html and what we understand under as Earth Literacy: http://quergeist.info/earth-literacy/
I have mentioned 2 planners above, Doxiadis with his grid, and Ozbekhan should be included as he looked into structured design and dialog.
Again we find the approach of addressing wholes and segmenting them into digestible “chunks” which can be understood by clearing the meaning and values connected to them, instead of getting lost in noise and complexity, or trying to write all in linear form and then look for priorities, as if the world we live in is hierarchical and mono-causal.
As Ozbekahn, one of the founders of the Club of Rome died this week you. You can find in memory of this deep and lateral/diagonal thinker and article about the human Predicament and Global Problematique which is very close to the environmental and climate-change policy challenges we face. http://quergeist.info. His work of overcomming perplexty and ignorance in complex dynamic matters can not be underestimated. I recommend this piece for our way to come to overview and orientation, instead of overclaims and oversimplificatios: http://www.ceptualinstitute.com/genre/benking/overview.htm
perplexity included ??
MODEL Theory to be added !
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