Tuesday, October 19, 2004

ekistic units

anthropos – 1
room – 2
house – 5
housegroup – 40
small neighborhood - 250
neighborhood – 1,500
small polis – 10,000
polis – 75,000
small metropolis – 500,000
metropolis – 4,000,000
small megalopolis – 25,000,000
megalopolis – 150,000,000
small eperopolis – 1,000 million [1,000,000,000]
eperopolis – 7,500 million [7,500,000,000]
ecumenopolis – 50,000 million [50,000,000,000]

Saturday, October 09, 2004


From The Road to Daybreak by Henri J. M. Nouwen:
[California] is a land to which people go to be free from tradition, constraints, and an oppressive history. But the price for this freedom is high: individualism, competition, rootlessness, and frequently loneliness and a sense of being lost. –Page 198

still-current lists from the past

Here's one I made for some class somewhere (at UMassBoston, probably):

City, cities:

• Cash economy—as opposed to barter economy
• Class, ethnic, economic, linguistic and cultural diversity
• Communications!
• Concentrated housing—esp vertical concentration
• Education on all levels, particularly university and technical
• Home of the middleclass!
• Home of the middleperson—the broker
• Major arts events; major sports events
• Medical centers
• Multiculturalism; transculturalism
• Habitual, deliberate, intentional and purposeful [how many more adjectives would you like to describe this activity?] contact with entities outside of itself

Ghetto of any kind and every type (my apologies for writing this down without a source):
"Nothing much goes in or out of it that wasn't there the day before."

Another list, from the same time, same place:

Body Image, where:
  • body,
  • mind,
  • psyche,
  • spirit and
  • culture
converge. Its impact reverberates in all areas of life:
  • mental,
  • physical,
  • emotional and
  • spiritual.

From AT&T (1970s?) ads

  • At least talk to each other!

  • Divisions evolve from the barriers we construct

  • Evol/Love (in addition to the print ad, I saw this one in a video at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago)

  • Meet somebody halfway

  • Out of a sense of self, a sense of the other

  • Reach out for someone

  • Understanding begins with communication

  • There's something you can do about it...
    ...meet somebody halfway...
    ...to communicate is the beginning of understanding!
...did someone say "speech is the language of covenant?" I read that somewhere and I completely agree! For my theology site I'm working on some ideas about prayer.