The Makerspace at Pachamama House hosts a monthly open day, where the crew bring along ideas, works in progress and completed projects. To date, we’ve seen robots, 3d printers, drones, and the collaborative project of building a new security system for Pachamama House itself. The Newcastle Makerspace is open for making on the first Sunday of the month at 10AM and the third Monday of the month at 6PM. Organisational meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 6PM.
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Celebrate World Environment Day 2014
The Wilderness Society Newcastle and Hunter Community Environment Centre (HCEC) thought it would be nice idea to host a lunch at Pachamama House this Thursday to mark ‘World Environment Day 2014′!
World Environment Day Lunch!
Where: Pachamama Common Room (upstairs 21 Gordon Avenue, Hamilton)
Details: Bring a plate, eat, chat, then join the Bonus Greenhouse Tour!
So please bring a plate and…
Culture Hunter Refresh
Produced by Pachamama residents Octapod since 2006, Culture Hunter is a comprehensive online guide to the Hunter’s arts and culture. It is currently being revamped – and Octapod need your input!
Let them know what you thinkabout how to best capture all the arts and cultural events,…
"The closest existing model for sustainable manufacturing is Emilia-Romagna. In that region of 4.2 million people, the most prosperous in Italy, manufacturing centers on “flexible manufacturing networks” of small-scale firms, rather than enormous factories or vertically integrated corporations. Small-scale, general-purpose machinery is integrated into craft production, and frequently switches between different product lines. It follows a lean production model geared to demand, with production taking place only to fill orders, so there’s no significant inventory cost. Supply chains are mostly local, as is the market. The local economy is not prone to the same boom-bust cycle which results from overproduction to keep unit costs down, without regard to demand. Although a significant share of Emilia-Romagna’s output goes to the export market, its industry would suffer far less dislocation from a collapse of the global economy than its counterparts in the United States; given the small scale of production and the short local supply chains, a shift to production primarily for local needs would be relatively uncomplicated. The region’s average wage is about double that of Italy for a whole, and some 45% of its GDP comes from cooperatively owned enterprises."
— Kevin Carson (via fluidstaccato)
Reblogged from stay fluid even in staccato.
Post-Carbon Transition Papers
Promoting the use of solar energy in urban environments requires knowing the geographical distribution and characteristics of the best places to implement solar systems. In this context, buildings can be used to locally generate electricity. Based on remote sensing data, the city’s surface can be modeled and the solar income at each location can be estimated. The results constitute an initial assessment of the city’s solar potential that can be used to support management decisions regarding investments in solar systems.
While Product Service Systems (PSS) are not inherently sustainable, they may form part of the mix of innovations that contribute to the development of more sustainable futures. However, whether the current trajectory of PSS research, with its emphasis on universal frameworks and standardisation adequately reflects and builds upon PSS diversity revealed by case study research may be questioned. Opportunities for transition to more sustainable PSS may be lost. In response, this paper draws on sustainable architecture to propose fluid transitions to more sustainable PSS: to PSS design practices that embrace diversity and enable specific PSS to be developed which address contextual interpretations of sustainability challenges.
A change to a zero emission housing future requires significant innovation in both policy and practice, as described by socio-technical transitions theory. This paper examines emerging policies towards zero emission housing standards from the EU, UK, USA, California and Australia to determine alignment with socio-technical transitions criteria. This analysis is then positioned within the Australian context, which is characterised by a lack of policy innovation.
How should sustainability transitions deal with the fact that ‘transition’ has become a buzzword in political discourse and a label for social ecology movements? Building on Giddens’ conception of a double hermeneutic, the paper explores the current appropriations and interpretations of the transition category by political and social actors, and outlines the challenges and opportunities of this double hermenetic in terms of symbolic politics and transformative research.