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Brasil, o desafio da diversidade. Experiências de desenvolvimento regional,M1

Creative conflict in Interdisciplinary Collaboration: interpretation, scale and emergence. PDF paper
Mark dInverno and Jane Prophet. In Ernest Edmonds and Ross Gibson, editors, Interaction: Systems, Theory and Practice, pages 251–270. ACM, 2004.

In this paper we report the experience of working on an interdisciplinary project (CELL) looking into innovative theories of stem cell behaviour.

Ecological Aesthetics: Art in Environmental Design: Theory and Practice (Hardcover)
Ecological and artistic approaches to designing our environment raise important questions which have to be faced by all designers of urban spaces, gardens or landscape: whether to conserve or to intervene, to rely on natural order or apply man-made means and whether to lend nature a romantic or a technocratic appearance. Which approaches to design and artistic concepts are able to unite these seemingly contradictory poles to create sophisticated projects in harmony with nature? In this publication landscape architects, artists, philosophers, social scientists and natural scientists provide answers to these central questions in landscape design and environmental art. Amongst the 17 authors are Jacques Leenhardt (F), Massimo Venturi Ferriolo (I), Udo Weilacher (D), Malcom Miles (GB), Tim Collins (USA) and Jochen Boberg from the MD Berlin with whom this book is co-produced. This volume contains works by more than 50 international artists and landscape architects, among them the internationally renowned Herman Prigann, one of the most active landscape artists. His work is extensively presented here for the first time, and represents four decades of continuing commitment to artistic and ecologically oriented landscape design.

Experimental Geography
Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism

Nato Thompson and Independent Curators International
A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking collection of visual research and mapmaking from the past ten years. Experimental Geography explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether). This lavishly illustrated book features more than a dozen maps; artwork by Francis Alÿs, Alex Villar, and Yin Xiuzhen; and recent projects by The Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Raqs Media Collective, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Land & Environmental Art (Themes & Movements)
This book fully documents the 1960s Land Art movement as well as surveying later examples of environmental art to the present day. Earthworks, environments, performances and actions by artists ranging from Ana Mendieta, Robert Smithson or Walter de Maria in the 1970s-80s to Peter Fend and Mierle Laderman Ukeles in the 1990s are all illustrated with breathtaking photographs, sketches and project notes. They are accompanied by documents which chart the ideas, their critical reception and the broader philosophical and cultural context which framed them.

Information Arts, por Stephen Wilson
A new breed of contemporary artist engages science and technology—not just to adopt the vocabulary and gizmos, but to explore and comment on the content, agendas, and possibilities. Indeed, proposes Stephen Wilson, the role of the artist is not only to interpret and to spread scientific knowledge, but to be an active partner in determining the direction of research. Years ago, C. P. Snow wrote about the "two cultures" of science and the humanities; these developments may finally help to change the outlook of those who view science and technology as separate from the general culture. In this rich compendium, Wilson offers the first comprehensive survey of international artists who incorporate concepts and research from mathematics, the physical sciences, biology, kinetics, telecommunications, and experimental digital systems such as artificial intelligence and ubiquitous computing. In addition to visual documentation and statements by the artists, Wilson examines relevant art-theoretical writings and explores emerging scientific and technological research likely to be culturally significant in the future. He also provides lists of resources including organizations, publications, conferences, museums, research centers, and Web sites.

Silent Springs, by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson's book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. (from the review),M1

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Vincent + Feria
Zones de recherche. Perspective Antarctique. 2003-2041

This is an interesting book on the work by the Venezuelan artists, Vincent and Feria, who went on a trip to Antarctica to raise questions about the environment, climate change and ecology.

"Début 2004, nous embarquons à bord du brise-glace argentin Almirante Irizar qui nous conduira en Antarctique jusqu'à la base Belgrano II. De cette expérience transdiciplinaire surgiront questions, réflexions, lectures, engagements qui prendront forme à travers performances, actions et situations. Le Manifeste de la mer de Weddell donne le ton. Le rapport à l'autre, à l'espace et au temps publics, nous fera privilégier les "audiences créatives" et produira une réflexion sur les formes économiques, la production de bien-être, les conditions de vie ou même de survie sur la planète terre.

Zones de recherche ouvre la réflexion sur la question environnementale, l'être ensemble, la mise en communication des savoirs et interroge la forme et la place des arts aujourd'hui dans nos sociétés contemporaines à l'ère de la mondialisation. Perspective Antarctique déclare un vaste chantier humain qui concrétisera des réponses en 2041, date butoir du Traité sur l'Antarctique."

Human Futures
Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty, edited by Andy Miah
Liverpool University Press & FACT / University of Chicago Press
(Available from 11 December 2008 UK / 28 February 2009 USA).
ISBN: 978-1-84631-181-9 (HB), 350pp, 200+ images, 25 Chapters,

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
"Into this seemingly lighthearted 7" 10" look into people's love affairs with maps and mapmaking, Harmon packs some serious intellectual concepts about the human impulse to locate itself in the cosmos. Under the loose and expandable categories of "Personal Geography," "At Home in the World" and "Realms of Fantasy," Harmon presents 50 four-color and 50 b&w cartographical illustrations, including Professor Eugene Turner's smily and frowny faces placed on a map of Los Angeles convey data on the unemployment rates, urban stress and racial composition of individual neighborhoods, putting substantive research in a down-to-earth guise. Ellsworth Kelly's "Fields on a Map (Meschers, Gironde)" pulls an abstract pastoral out of a real place, while Kisaburo Ohara makes an octopus-like Russia seem vividly frightening in "A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia." Kim Dingle's collection of variously erroneous maps of the United States drawn by American students are equally thought provoking. Harmon has cannily selected a variety of essays, humorous, personal, analytical: e.g., Bridget Booher's chronological "map" of every injustice done to her body, Roger Sheffer's absorbing analysis of the little maps drawn in the registers of shelters along the Appalachian Trail, and Hugh Brogan's professorial elegy for the fantastical maps that used to be printed in Arthur Ransome's children's books. Purists may dislike the way that illustrations of various maps are not linked directly to the texts; others may find it refreshing, much like the kind of map that makes you expect a new and alluring surprise around every corner. Harmon's intricate and thoughtful selections do indeed prove her point that mapmaking is as diverse and extraordinary a human act as any other."

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