Earthrise is the name of the NASA photo AS8-14-2383HR taken by William Anders from the Apollo 8 space capsule. The image was taken on 24 December 1968 during the fourth of ten planned orbits of the moon: an iconic photographic record that changed our view of the Earth forever. Audio recordings and transcrip-tions of the mission are available online on the NASA website. Above is an extract of the conversation between Apollo 8 crew members Bill Anders and Jim Lovell.
The design vocabulary of nature is extremely complex but not shocking.
Nothing in nature is out of place, no stone in the wrong position. Nature itself, however it appears, is necessarily beautiful.
Beauty unfolds in its structure, rhythm and repetition.
Anything that doesn’t work or is superfluous is devoured by the weather or evolution. What remains is clarity, endurance and renewal.
In order to preserve it, it is necessary to think in cycles and not in short-term trends.
Besides form, material and appearance, it needs another quality for us to feel something is beautiful: time.
Back to nature does not mean sacrifice but profit because the beauty of nature is purposeful, sustainable and therefore economic.
Nature and urbanity are only opposites where we have generated and conceived them as such with glass, concrete and asphalt.
We feel at home where everything has its place: in the park, by the lake, in the open countryside.
What we do, undertake or produce must be permanent and still make sense decades from now. This is how the world will remain a beautiful place for us. We have the technical opportunities, resources and knowledge for this.
Let’s get started, let’s get on with it!