“Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth is a short book by R. Buckminster Fuller, first published in 1968, following an address with a similar title given to the 50th annual convention of the American Planners Association in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C., on 16 October 1967. The original edition (ISBN 0-525-47433-1) is now out of print, although partial/complete copies of the text may be found on the internet, both hard-bound and paperback. A new paperback edition, (July 15, 2008) is now available (ISBN 3-037-78126-2), (ISBN 978-3037781265), however.
The book relates Earth to a spaceship flying through space. The spaceship has a finite amount of resources and cannot be resupplied.
Fuller would later partner with the Walt Disney Company to consult on an attraction at EPCOT Center called Spaceship Earth, which opened with the park in 1982.”
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“Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) based upon her research and study of youth on the island of Ta’u in the Samoa Islands which primarily focused on adolescent girls. Mead was 23-years old when she carried out her field work in Samoa. First published in 1928, the book launched Mead as a pioneering researcher and the most famous anthropologist in the world. Since its first publication, Coming of Age in Samoa is still the most widely read book in the field of anthropology. The book has sparked years of ongoing and intense debate and controversy on questions pertaining to society, culture and science. It is a key text in the nature vs nurture debate as well as issues relating to family, adolescence, gender, social norms and attitudes.”
Source: Felder, Deoborah G. (2003). A Century of Women : The Most Influential Events in Twentieth-Century Women’s History. Citadel Press.
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“Douglas Coupland’s career has been, contrary to initial glance, consistent and methodical. His ongoing focus has been on visual culture, writing, typography, popular culture, essay writing and technology.
Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published ten novels and several non-fiction books in 36 languages and most countries on earth. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia.
2006 marked the premiere of the feature film ‘Everything’s Gone Green,’ his first story written specifically for the screen. In 2007 Coupland’s novel, jPod, was adapted into a series of thirteen one-hour episodes with Canada’s CBC.
Coupland’s biography of Marshall McLuhan will publish with Penguin Canada in March of 2010. In October Coupland will be giving the 2010 Massey Lectures across Canada, coinciding with a published version of the lectures.“
Source: Douglas Coupland Website
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“Mcluhan was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.
McLuhan is known for the expressions “the medium is the message” and “global village”. McLuhan was a fixture in media discourse from the late 1960s to his death and he continues to be an influential and controversial figure. More than ten years after his death he was named the “patron saint” of Wired magazine. McLuhan predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented.”
Source: Programming: Getting the Message, Time Magazine Oct. 1967
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“The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature… But I am also a sculptor of the West. I place my mark and do not hide.”
Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor, designer, architect, and craftsman. Throughout his life he struggled to see, alter, and recreate his natural surroundings. His gardens and fountains were transformations meant to bring out the beauty their locations had always possessed. His large abstract stone sculptures were both majestic and personal. He believed that through sculpture and architecture, one could better understand the struggle with nature. It is that search for understanding which brings together his many and varied works.”
Source: American Masters Website
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Charles and Ray Eames
“In the 1950s, the Eames’ continued their work in architecture and modern furniture design. Like in the earlier molded plywood work, the Eames’ pioneered innovative technologies, such as the fiberglass, plastic resin chairs and the wire mesh chairs designed for Herman Miller. Charles and Ray would soon channel Charles’ interest in photography into the production of short films. From their first film, the unfinished Traveling Boy (1950), to the extraordinary Powers of Ten (1977), their cinematic work was an outlet for ideas, a vehicle for experimentation and education.
The Eames’ also conceived and designed a number of landmark exhibitions. The first of these, Mathematica: a world of numbers…and beyond (1961), was sponsored by IBM, and is the only one of their exhibitions still extant. The Mathematica Exhibition is still considered a model for scientific popularization exhibitions. It was followed by “A Computer Perspective: Background to the Computer Age”
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Bjork, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, actress and music producer, whose work includes seven solo albums and two original film soundtracks. Her diverse and eclectic musical style has been influenced by many different pop and avant-garde musicians and genres,[ including alternative rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical, folk, ambient and trip hop. She is known for expressive vocals in a broad range, as well as for her unique costumes and music videos.
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