Archive | November 2014

Human Adaptation

So, good news, imaginary readers, the Working Class Hippie is now officially part of the work-force: an Architect/Urban Designer. Na’ ain’ ‘at somefin’! That’s all for the update, here’s something I wrote while reading urban articles at work until I got a task. Might seem a bit redundant, I’m pretty sure I mentioned the idea of humans being just as evolutionary as other species, but with more complexity, so this piece takes on that idea from another perspective.

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“The goal should be to use social/ecological dynamics that are flexible for futures we can’t imagine”
– Chris Reed

The past two decades consisted of Urbanism merely trying to integrate new technologies into its “normal/common” form. With these attempts, and the awareness of needing to be more “green” and environmentally friendly, our “growth” has been hindered due to having more to incorporate. We now know that the future of Urbanism is as complex as any living organism, and not as simple as we once believed as we threw concepts from the sky and forced people to follow them; therefore we need a lot of time until all the forces (of the many schools of thought – each with its own set of pros and cons) balance out, to evolve the city into an organism with its own logic and balanced existence within the ecosystem. This will have to be localized for every region in order to be truly balanced in its existence within nature, rather than a set mold of materials and borrowed standards; it would have to start as an adaptation, and must continue to adapt with the rising technologies to perfect itself. The rush to catch up with the other powers is forcing us into pushing through time while leaving many behind who do, in time, pull us back, as they are left in the dark, not knowing where nor why we are going in a certain direction (I would say the increasing cost of gasoline is a good example, despite the lack of follow-up on the public transportation side).

Colonization has failed to understand locality and mutated the existing architecture and urban habits into imported and misunderstood logic; however, with new technological advances, the adaptation is able to continue, since they can be utilized to more intricately adapt, and the technologies to survive with less environmental impact is available for almost every location on earth.

So based on that quote, I would say that nothing is more flexible than evolution/adaptation.

This adaptation would not only be based on natural forces, but ecological forces, including the forces of society and humanity. The organisms (people) that use the space are just as important as the organism (plants,nature, urban fabric) being affected by it. Natural selection would even be the elimination of that which does not allow our survival, such as bad architecture, poor planning, and technologies that hurt the environment; this already happens naturally within society, with those who threaten the well-being of mankind being shunned away in prisons to preserve the survivability of the species. In a way, all of mankind’s history has been a natural adaptation (leading to an evolution), as every change in the past was in one way or another brought forth via new technologies and discoveries about ourselves and our relationship with the world around us. In other words, adapting to new-found technologies and discoveries are a natural step forward.

Arguments about what is good/bad for our world; what looks nice and what does not; people’s obsession with Kim Kardashian’s bum and those calling bum-groupies silly; are all part of the natural evolution of mankind and our growth in tiny proportions, forming a larger image. While many believe a larger image removes our individuality, truth is, change begins with single units and changes slowly, cascading along the facade of humanity, shifting, breaking, changing color, and the waves created by all the changes are what propel us forward, all due to the tiny inner-workings that make it all happen.

When people discovered that they can cultivate land, they did, and it changed the way we think of shelters. It led to many of the early settlements being near a body of water in order to better sustain themselves. Now that we see green technologies that would help us better sustain ourselves, we should logically adapt and “go green”, since it allows our use of resources to be more efficient, thus allowing us to “last longer” [no innuendo here, move along…]. Greed, I guess, would play a part in preventing this adaptation, in order to maintain income for those with the most capital and benefits from the current systems that should naturally be left out, since they do not help the betterment of mankind anymore. There are discoveries being made about the surroundings we live in (cities, natural resources) that were cut off from Nature in order to maintain the “balanced” system that we are all living in, but these systems (physical and political) are slowly becoming more obsolete and are in desperate need of change, especially since they are proving to be hurtful to nature.

I believe that is how we should be viewing Urbanism right now, and probably for a long time: without the constraints of groups, schools of thought, and conceptual prose, but with logic, and a mind open to understanding the many hands that shape our world. It is an ecosystem and should be treated as one, from the smallest detail to the entire surface of the Earth.

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I guess,

Saed

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November 9th, 2005

Nine years ago, on the 9th of November, Amman was bombed at (as I recall) 2 hotels. Back then, everyone called anyone they know to make sure they were okay. Classmates, family members. I do not remember why it happened nor who was behind it, nor whether anyone knew anything about it afterwards for that matter, but Amman was shook that day.

Yet somehow, after 9 years, even a year later, people remember this incident less and less. Maybe it is all just a testament to how strong we are, or how strongly we believe in our security. I had a few people on my Facebook feed condoling American victims of September 11, forgetting about how we, too, were threatened and probably even more so now than ever before.

Do not misunderstand me, the apology is a nice, meaningful gesture I think; since suffering was caused by the hands of people who were in a way or another related to us as a culture (since Islam now has a horrible image attached to it), the apology as a plead for the world away from the Middle East to see that there is also good in the people in the region is a nice thing. The apology celebrates the good and hangs on to it, hoping that the world does not forget the image of us once being pioneers of science, not just religion.

Anyway, that being said, why is it that nobody even mentions the bombings that happened in Amman? Have we grown to hate our own country to that extent, or are we merely just calling everything a conspiracy theory like we do about everything else? Are we just detached from any sense of belonging due to having to scrape by to survive? Are we too attached to other things and forgetting to empathize with our fellow countrymen? Must we be impacted by something directly to remember it? Are we just taking our security for granted?

Maybe I’m just over-thinking and we, as a people, just tend to not express much.

It could be a lot of things really, to each their own, and this is mine.

As a child who grew up in this country and tumbled down its hills’ stairs, skinned his knees on its pavement playing football, celebrated snow by taking days off, and watched its plastic bags fly above her/his head and gave it a name: This post is to pay my respect to all those who suffered due to the horrible incidents in Amman 9 years ago and to everyone who helped keep the country secure afterwards. Here’s to your survival as a peaceful haven among chaos, Jordan, and here’s to your charm and the negatives in you that we all love to criticize.

… And may our sewage be fixed this winter (I had to).

 

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Cheers

 

WCH

I don’t feel like images

Well I didn’t get the motivation to write much in the past few weeks. I have no idea what it was really, I guess it was more of a thought collection time, planning myself and building a little (not literally, though).

I finally felt like it today, though.

Probably because after saying that I need a good idea to rant about for so long, all the ideas ended up as drafts on my phone’s notes. Nah, today I grabbed my laptop by the buttons and said to myself “I’m gonna write about why I didn’t feel like it!”. Yeah and there you go! Look at me I’m writing a post! Ground-breaking ideas! Sarcasm! Cynicism! Correct irreflective grammar! Words based on logic rather than common words! Understanding by sense of the word rather than its true meaning!

Bah anyway, I really let myself go after that Vivi painting, eh? Oh well… again all ideas an no motivation to do it, but man I have a bunch of images in my head but I just don’t feel like them, I just feel like doing whatever I feel like. Sadly this makes the blog dead as a demon’s Sunday (+1 for the failed/try-hard simile).

Anyway, I think I’ll try doing something soon, I should, just something for the traditional art, other than sketches. I’m really hoping for a FFXII style thing, the colors in that game are saturated to the perfect extent and everything just looks so beautiful. I love that sort of color scheme, I’m a sucker for slight desaturation in color schemes, heck even in people; it’s just so nice and serene somehow, and as soon as a vibrant thing comes along as one of the many faces of people and images, it just pops out and really livens you up.

Oh, art talk… I have missed you so…

And bam the idea is out, my ideas are as short-lived as emotions, but never as lifeless as a buzzfeed post. So that being said, I have many ideas that I wanna expand on and umm… paint, with words or colors. I’ll try my best, since I haven’t delivered anything in a while neither for my ego nor for anyone who gives a flying pup about my work. Anyway! I will try ^ ^

If only the internet would stop pestering me all the time… STOP INTERNET NO I DON’T WANNA- Ooh culture-driving jokes, oh internet… :3

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Cheers,

WCH