“… Change in any one part of a system will have an impact on other parts regardless of administrative boundaries. Change needs to be considered in relation to the whole ecology, as a complex matrix of human and environmental factors. There are great challenges in these disjointed environments and how they relate to local and regional culture, and that is what makes them beguiling.
These are places that take time to appreciate. They are not immediately beautiful in a classical sense, although they can certainly be aesthetically appreciated, as unsentimental representations of an era of urban growth and urban agriculture seemingly unrestrained and unconcerned with creating any particular legacy of high quality open space.”
Report: East London Green Grid – Epping Forest and River Roding
“The text stands mute when we inquire of the meaning of the text. That is fundamentally what is wrong with it. Secondarily what is wrong with this process, and the process of writing in general, is that Socrates says writing has caused us to now forget. It is not an aid to memory, it is actually a vehicle for our collective forgetting. So, the texts don’t talk back and we forget. The forgetting is not a kind of passive unknowing due to the fact that the text is mute; the forgetting is a very active assault on the act of remembering.”
Paul Schroeder, Writing Places Out of History, from a draft transcript of a talk given at the American Society for Cybernetics International Workshop: “Design, Planning and Human Understanding,” in Santa Cruz, California, on April 3, 1998
John Cage, Empty Words (1973/1974-excerpt) + Music for piano (1952/1956), John Cage (Voice), Yvar Mikhashoff (Piano)