Fourth Nature: Regenerating Cosmicity

Back Prochnow, Simone (2024) Fourth Nature: Regenerating Cosmicity. KEEP ON PLANNING FOR THE REAL WORLD. Climate Change calls for Nature-based Solutions and Smart Technologies. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2024, 29th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 727-732. ISSN 2521-3938

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What characterizes the New Era? The New Era signifies a shift towards a heightened consciousness of interconnectedness and responsibilities, both within ourselves and with the external world. Our homes and cities are built in a way that discourages meaningful connections and lacks a sense of cosmic integration - they exist in isolation from the natural order. As humans, endowed with unique capabilities, we play a role in co-creating our reality. This underscores the importance of urban regeneration, which must occur in tandem with human evolution. Nature is ready to initiate the necessary regeneration urgently required. "Because we, as proud children of science and reason, have made ourselves orphans of ancestral knowledge and Nature wisdom" - as says Chopra. This is where the Fourth Nature concept emerges, offering a path forward: it ignites a new consciousness within us and becomes manifest in our living spaces The failures observed in current models stem from our failure to acknowledge ourselves and our creations as integral parts of Nature. While this separation may exist primarily in our minds, its effects are profound. To harness the full potential of our technological advancements, we must cultivate greater sensitivity, for the betterment of our own well-being and that of all humanity. It signifies a new paradigm. Our evolutionary journey depends on a significant leap in consciousness - embracing cosmicity, the state of being cosmic, integrated, and interconnected. The absence of Nature in our cities and lives is no longer tenable. The repercussions of this disconnect are palpable: natural calamities, widespread hunger, and pervasive poverty, despite the Earth's inherent abundance. Regeneration extends beyond brownfields; it is imperative across all urbanized areas where Nature has been neglected, disregarded, or excluded. The city of Porto Alegre, for example, has a former industrial area called Fourth District - a zone where Nature shows its power and presence amidst neglect. Towering trees calmly observe humanity's struggles under its shadow. Wild fruits and flowers thrive along walkways, while old buildings offer shelter to residents on cozy balconies and benches, in an interesting scale. Revitalizing this area may not be as daunting as it might seem. It involves more than mere preservation or devastation; it entails understanding the quality of the pre-existence as well as restoring the connection to local food production, implementing sustainable waste and rainwater management strategies, and employing intelligent, cost-effective building practices. This paper explores the idea that the success of the New Era hinges on such actions - where healthy living is not merely an option but the most accessible choice for all.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comsmicity, new era, fourth nature, human evolution, urban regeneration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2024 09:22
Last Modified: 10 May 2024 08:55

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