The scientific evidence that trees communicate and are sentient beings

Science has proven through new break through research how trees communicate with each other and how they are sentient beings, just like humans and animals are. Knowing more about the research being done on the topic (through an illuminating 18-minute Ted Talk) will change the way you think about how we as human beings relate to the world.

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What is making cities for people? (video)

In this video, I argue why it's important to have a people-centered perspective when thinking about the way cities are designed around the world, and why public spaces are so important for this.

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What the built environment does to people: the lack of public spaces and democracy in the district of Los Olivos

Public spaces are essential to city life. Public spaces are places such as plazas, parks, streets lined with things to do, where people can see other people. “Others” are not just family and neighbors, but moreover people one would not normally see in one’s own area of residence, including people from different socioeconomic backgrounds or from areas of the city different from ours. Public spaces are thus central for people to become accustomed to seeing strangers and developing a sense of diversity and civic congeniality. The district of Los Olivos (Lima, Peru) has developed as an up-and-coming residential neighborhood with lots of parks but with no real public spaces. In this article, I explore how this affects public life and people's high sense of danger and lack of public security.

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Technology, music and how we understand society through popular culture: Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and electronic music in the 1970s

What is the meaning of  music to a society? Everyone has a special relationship with music, but not everyone can very clearly say what makes a song, a style or band special to someone. By looking at the cases of the two grandfathers of electronic music (Kraftwerk in Germany, Yellow Magic Orchestra in Japan), and how electronic music emerged in Germany and Japan in the 1970s, we can explore the relationship between popular music and the social, historical and cultural context in which it appears.

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