Morning walk, Ljusterö 20 July 2020

37. Slowdown landscapes: ‘The Aer and Smoak dissipated’; learning from 1661, and from 50,000 years

What we might learn from John Evelyn’s Fumifugium, from 1661, about the use of green infrastructure to defeat pollution; And what we might learn from nature-based infrastructures of the last 50,000 years

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 24, 2020 · 12 min read
Thick red skies due to Australia 2020 bushfire (left), California 2020 wildfire (centre), and Sydney dust storm 2009 (right). I was living in Sydney when this dust-storm hit in 2009 (this was the picture from the first floor of our house, early morning.) I suspect most of us had little idea of the true air quality issues that day. Now, residents of eastern Australia and western USA will have to get used to living with this air quality on a regular basis.
Ed. Quotes from Evelyn are reproduced in the English language of the time, more or less. Stick with it!
Proposal from Fumifugium, John Evelyn (1661)
SPACE10 Urban Village Project also develops their ideas in a denser urban context. But in the Slowdown, these conditions need not be framed as the only possible outcome for urban living—the logical conclusion is Manhattan—but simply one of many possible valuable urban conditions. And perhaps, with an increased emphasis on ‘the others’, a spreading of urban vitality over a more diverse, range of spaces. Our challenge is how we achieve that spreading of energy without the 20th century idea of destructive mobility and consumption, and individualistic, isolated community.
Ed. Memmott’s brilliant Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley was one of the first books on Australian architecture I picked up upon moving there; as transformational in its own way as Rudofsky's 'Architecture without Architects'. 
Spreads from Julia Watson’s book ‘Lo-TEK’, described here

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Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

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