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Experiencing Mu: urban agriculture for the peaceful dissolution of the city in Japan

Experiencing Mu: urban agriculture for the peaceful dissolution of the city in Japan

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 Experiencing Mu
: urban agriculture for the peaceful dissolution of the city in Japan 
 
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 Aboutthetitle
MuisaJapanesetermthattranslatesto“no”or“nothing.”Itisusedtoexpressastateofmindthatisachievedwhennodecisionsaremadeandtheselfgiveswaytoasortofemptiness.“Dissolutionofthecity,”shouldnotbetakeninthe physicalsensebutinthedissolutionofthecontemporarytemporaltechnocraticconstructofthecity.
CoverimagebyShodoHarada.
 Mike Cutno(Mikal Abdullah)Spring 2011Perry Yang, Advisor
 
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Overview
Tospeakofthecityapartfromagricultureistodenyaveryrealpartofhumanwellbeinginaplethoraofways.Weabsolutelyneedbothfoodandaconnectiontonaturefornourishmentandhappiness.Theproblemsofthecity,agriculture,natureandapotentialecologicalcrisisaredynamicallyinterconnected.Anthropogenicclimatechange,ortouseamoreaccurateterm–climatechaos,istheresultofadualisticworldviewthatdetachesmanfromnature.Thereisnonameforthedominantworldviewthatwearecurrentlyexperiencing,perhapsbecausewearestuckinit.However,wecannameithereastheMaterialistparadigm(ormaterialism).TheMaterialistparadigmisagrosssocietalassumptionthatthephysicalworldistheextantofrealityandallmentalandspiritualphenomenaarearesultofinteractionsofmatterwithinthebody.Ofcourse,notallpeopleonearthholdthisworldviewasthetotalityofallreality,evenscientists.Itis,however,thedefaultauthorityingovernment,finance,business,internationalrelations,andsocialrelations.Itistheauthoritythatsaysthattheremustbesufficientdatatobackupclaims.ItistheauthoritythatsaysourDNAdeterminesmostofourfate.Anditalsosaysthatthescientificmethodisfavoredoverhumanemotions.Theproblemofmaterialismisnotsomuchscienceitself,butitiswiththesimpleactoflookingtowardstheoutsideworldforallmeaningandsolutionstoproblems.Theresultistolookfurtherandfurtherintothereachesoftheuniverseortolookdeeperanddeeperintothetiniestofsubatomicparticlesfortruth.Scientistsarecurrentlylookingfortheultimaterealitybysmashingsubatomicparticlestogetheratextremelyhighspeedsinwhatisknownasaparticleaccelerator.ThemostadvancedofthesedevicesiscalledtheLargeHadronColliderontheborderofFranceandSwitzerland.ThecolliderisinsearchofevidencethatcanproveagrandunifyingtheoryofphysicsthatwillexplainthenatureoftheuniversebyfindingtheHiggsparticlethatgivesmasstoeverything(Gleiser,2011).Thisreductionistprocesshasbeenextendedtoallthingsphysicalandsocial.Forcities,theresulthasbeentoseparateusesinaverysimplemannerusingEuclideanZoning.Ithasalsoresultedinafragmentedurbanstructurethatreliesontechnologyandmassiveamountsofenergytoholdthingstogether.Foragriculture,theresulthasbeentodeterminetheminimumchemicalcompoundsthatplantsneedtogrowandusingtechnologicalmeansforproduction.Thematerialistparadigmhasverywidereachingsocio-economicimplicationsincludingtheatomizationofsociety,thecompulsiontoconsumeinafutileattempttofulfillneedsandglobalizedeconomiesfoundedonconsumptionanddebt.Theverydistinctionofcityfromnatureisaresultofthedualisticworldviewthatdominatesourtime.
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