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John Davis is a practicing architect in Ojai, California. He has taught Environmental Humanities at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at Viridis Graduate Institute. He blogs on history and the environment at urbanwildland.org
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 18, 2022 The Idea of America
This country's attempts to improve conditions for the pursuit of our unalienable rights have fallen into the abyss. We are closing in on fifty years of an ideology that has systematically deprived much of the population of its baseline psychological, physiological, and material needs.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 20, 2022 And So It Is
And so it is that a West that has oppressed and exploited so much of the world will become, in turn, oppressed and the exploited - it's ill-gotten wealth now concentrated in the grasping hands of the so very few will slowly over many generations be traded away to the global south.
SHARE Friday, July 1, 2022 Life and Death
A society's interaction with the flora, fauna and the landforms found in its environment can promote an understanding of the cosmic process.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2022 The War
Russia somehow had to be resuscitated after the collapse of the USSR as a continuing military threat otherwise wither NATO and wither the egregious military spending of the United States?
SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2022 Magic
We can speculate that Upper Ojai was singularly experienced, understood, and revered as a deeply magical place.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2022 Rain
I have seen my first peony flower of the season, an early reminder of the revival of life that occurs in the chaparral with the arrival of winter's rain.
SHARE Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Oak
In their conquest of varied terrain and climate the oak has acquired an adaptability based on small changes in their genetic code.
SHARE Thursday, October 21, 2021 The Ethics of Architecture
Those who practice architecture's arts and sciences are engulfed within the Anthropocene, an epoch characterized by epidemic, species extinction, a human population ballooning towards eight billion, rampant destruction of habitat and most pernicious of all, runaway global warming.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Fading to Sepia
The country's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan is an indicator that this formerly imperious political and military power is now woefully inadequate to the task of combatting the exigencies of terrorism, religious fundamentalism, tribal solidarity, asymmetrical warfare.
SHARE Sunday, July 18, 2021 Bear Canyon
America's Great Basin which occupies most of Nevada, southern eastern Oregon and about half of Utah functions hydrologically like the Tibetan Plateau.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 6, 2021 Sisar
Oak, walnut, bay, and sycamore shade the trail and as you begin to rise out of the canyon, Cottonwoods reach for the sky beyond the riparian canopy.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 17, 2021 In the Weeds of History
After four years or more of bloviation focused on Trump, American democracy and the deep wounds of this country's colonial past it is time to return to the enchantments of the Urban Wildland except that there is no escape even in the hinterlands from the psychic toll of conquest.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 18, 2020 What Shall We Call It?
There was no coup. American democracy worked as designed: it took the progressive energies unleashed in opposition to the Trump administration and entirely neutered them with the orderly election of the avuncular Joseph Biden, protector of the Empire, the military industrial complex, banking and finance..
SHARE Friday, September 18, 2020 "Law and Order" vs. "Empathy and Healing"
All hope of racial justice, income equality, climate action and the elimination of gender bias awaits the next revolution, not the result of this November's federal election.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 28, 2020 No Fire Without Smoke
According to a report issued by Stanford University earlier this year climate change has resulted in the doubling of the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires while average temperatures have risen almost two degrees Fahrenheit and rainfall has dropped by a full 30%.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2020 The COVID-Interregnum
As the statues have tumbled across the land there is an understanding that we will emerge from what might be called the COVID-Interregnum as a much-altered nation - our histories reimagined, and our values reconfigured.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2020 This is No Way to Live
The change I want to see has already begun and is already manifest in a fearless resolve that quite simply - This is No Way to Live!
SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2020 Our History is Our Future
WE citizens are remade as human capital: mini entrepreneurs whose only civic duty is towards pumping up the GDP. This is what our government demands of us and we would be foolish to expect more from it than further destruction of the public realm and further trivialization of the democratic process.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2020 Visions of a Post-Covid-19 World
The extraordinary circumstances of a global stand-down as SARS-CoV-2 careens across the planet has given us, amidst the appalling realities of viral sickness and death, a momentary vision of a saner, healthier, and a cooler world.