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Monthly Review #13

— Domesticating Waves in the Netherlands | Stefan Helmreich | BOMB MAGAZINE | March 13, 2019 Stefan Helmreich, Professor of Anthropology at MIT, studies how scientists understand ocean-related research. In this essay, he tells his personal experience of Waterwolf 2016, a flood preparedness exercise in Marken, Netherlands. Waterwolf is the name given by the inhabitants of the city to a folk character, zoomorphic, close to the lion, who represented the threatening and erosive power of the waves. Helmreich reveals the story of a community that connects legends, anthropological approach, architecture, design and geology to create new common rituals in order to face the threat of rising sea levels.

— When Did Nature Become Moral ? | Hilary Angelo | Public Books | July 3, 2019 Through the cross analysis of four books - Dorceta E. Taylor, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement; Justin Farrell, The Battle for Yellowstone; Stefan Bargheer, Moral Entanglements; Michael M. Bell, City of the Good - Hilary Angelo questions the moralization of nature in urban areas. Are the dreams of today's green cities inspired by the same forms of moral nature that emerged in the 19th century industrial metropolis? Are the 19th century public health movements linked to the 21st century's adaptation and mitigation efforts to combat climate change? How could we update the explanations of the causes and consequences of these conceptions of nature in order to better understand today's urban-environmental interventions?

— Smelting and Folklore : Ore to Steel from Ireland to Japan | Disegno Daily | July 18, 2019 “I’m particularly interested in religion, magic and spiritual relief within my own practice.” In the latest The Residency Podcast, produced by Designo in collaboration with the British Council, artist and metal worker Katie Surridge explores traditional smelting techniques in Ireland and Japan, taking listeners on a journey through the processes and folklore associated with metalworking.

— How Language and Climate Connect | Chi Luu | Jstor Daily | July 10, 2019 While we’re losing biological diversity, oour linguistic and cultural diversity impoverish. This is no coincidence: Computational linguist Chi Luu points ou how the damaging of our biodiversity generates the decline of the cultures of the most heavily affected regions. Because "climate change" is no longer enough, this article also discusses the semantic shifts that are currently taking place in order to more effectively characterize the urgency and catastrophe we face through language.

— Tool of the month | Atlas of Natural Regions | Eric Tabuchi Described by its creator Eric Tabuchi as "a work of detour", the Atlas of Natural Regions is a photographic work that explores French landscapes at a time when urban and peri-urban areas are becoming more standardized. It is these "countries", which are not delimited by administrative but geological, historical, linguistic and cultural borders, that Eric Tabuchi intends to deliver through his documentary photographic work accompanied by a typological exploration of the objects captured.