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Spaceship Earth: Envisioning Human Habitats in the Environmental Age, 1960-1990
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0866-0487
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how the figure of Spaceship Earth formatted the global environmental discourse in the late twentieth century. In a time of rising environmental consciousness, the spaceship, like the ark, held out the hope of preserving life and nature in scientifically managed natural-technological environments on earth and beyond. I will discuss how systems ecology, human ecology, and biosphere technology turned the earth into a complex and self-contained circulatory system with limited capacity, and the earthly biosphere into a life-support system.

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History of Science; Environmental History
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History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-111869OAI: diva2:587436
Research Seminar Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, February 21, 2012

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Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved

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