Author: Dan Smith

  • Our People, Our Way of Life

    Our People, Our Way of Life

    Defining ‘Western Europe’ is problematic. It has meant different things to different people at different times. Numerous definitions float around; those used by UNESCO, The U.N. and NATO all vary. The UNESCO definition compasses all countries west of Slovenia and the Czech Republic (United Nations). This is the definition that shall be used. The Western European ‘way of […]

  • Fordism and the 20th Century City

    Fordism and the 20th Century City

    Fordism has influenced the design of cities from its conception in the early part of the 20th Century. It has influenced lifestyles and changed the face of industry (Sheldrake, 1996). The impacts of Fordism can be felt throughout the century but to understand its level of influence it must be understood what the city was like […]

  • Systems Theory

    Systems Theory

    Complex system science has arisen through the understanding that components and interactions between them are rarely linear and isolated (Chorley & Kennedy, 1971). Component variations can result in disturbances reverberating across temporal and spatial scales. The outcome of this can be severe system instability or even collapse. Complete knowledge of a system therefore cannot be achieved […]

  • Introduction

    Introduction

    Interaction between humans and their environment is unavoidable. Every decision and action taken has an environmental consequence. Outcomes range in spatial and temporal significance and can be beyond our immediate environment.

  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Let Them Eat Cake

    Food. Humans constantly consume food from the moment of birth until the day they die. What constitutes as food and what is consumed will change constantly over time and space. Why is this? Why have the eating habitats of societies changed throughout the years? Why do different cultures eat different foodstuffs? What makes food, food? […]

  • Time’s Running Out

    Time’s Running Out

    I read somewhere (Tumblr) that the age of the watch is over. done. dead and buried. In 5-10 years the numbers of people that are wearing watches will fall and people wont be buying them any more (I can’t find the link to the article. sorry). The reason? They are single purpose objects. They exist […]