Images of the Future

While trawling the internet recently I came across a few photos of Mike Reynolds’ work, and was reminded of the Democracy Now! broadcast from last fall, in which Amy Goodman toured one of his “earthship biotecture” houses.  The broadcast is worth checking out as a model for re-imagining our domestic architecture for a world in which we won’t be able to produce energy in the way we have been since the late 19th century.  What is particularly interesting is the production of an aesthetically pleasing structure out of refuse (the documentary on Reynolds is called Garbage Warrior).  That is, the creation of this structure that runs against the grain of prevailing means of consumption and disposal, at least in the so-called first world, is possible precisely because we generate such a sheer volume of supposedly useless materials that we generally try to sweep under the rug.  Whether this will catch on isn’t something that anyone can predict with any certainty, obviously.  But embracing the abject leftovers of industrial production and consumption is a powerful vision for more environmentally friendly modes of living beyond, say, future primitivism.




Deutschsprachigen Lesern ist die jüngste Sendung des Philosophischen Radios über Generationengerechtigkeit bei WDR anzuempfehlen.  Dr. Jörg Tremmel spricht über das Konzept der Generationen und die Frage nach unserer moralischen Verpflichtungen den Nachgeborenen gegenüber.  Es geht sehr um geläufige Vorstellungsweisen von Zukünftigkeit, und dabei kommen selbstverständlich eine ganze Menge ökologischer Fragestellungen ins Gespräch. Ich hätte einiges dazu zu sagen, aber für den Moment sage ich einfach, die Sendung ist auf jeden Fall hörenswert.

One response to “Images of the Future

  1. Interesting! I wouldn’t mind living here.

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