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In a beautiful place

A picture essay about the perfection of nature and the beauty of our world - Shown in big and small

»Oh my God! Look at that pic­ture over there! There’s the Earth coming up. Wow, that’s pretty.« »You got a color film, Jim? Hand me that roll of color quick, would you …« »Oh man, that’s great!«

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.

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The design vocab­u­lary of nature is extremely com­plex but not shock­ing.

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Noth­ing in nature is out of place, no stone in the wrong posi­tion. Nature itself, how­ever it appears, is nec­es­sar­ily beau­ti­ful.

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Beauty unfolds in its struc­ture, rhythm and rep­e­ti­tion.

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Any­thing that doesn’t work or is super­flu­ous is devoured by the weather or evo­lu­tion. What remains is clar­ity, endurance and renewal.

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In order to pre­serve it, it is nec­es­sary to think in cycles and not in short-term trends.

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Besides form, mate­r­ial and appear­ance, it needs another qual­ity for us to feel some­thing is beau­ti­ful: time.

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Back to nature does not mean sac­ri­fice but profit because the beauty of nature is pur­pose­ful, sus­tain­able and there­fore eco­nomic.

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Nature and urban­ity are only oppo­sites where we have gen­er­ated and con­ceived them as such with glass, con­crete and asphalt.

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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!

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