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See detailAnother end of the world is possible : Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, from bioeconomy to architecture
Reyes Nájera, César UL; Popova, Simona Bozhidarova UL

in ARQ (2022), (111), 52-59

Can technology ignore the physical limits of growth, or can it only provide us with more and better products, but also with more and better waste? This is a text that reflects on the entropic nature of ... [more ▼]

Can technology ignore the physical limits of growth, or can it only provide us with more and better products, but also with more and better waste? This is a text that reflects on the entropic nature of construction materials and their economic process, based on the work of the Romanian economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. The discussion helps us to critically reflect if architecture can, given its material quality, extend the life or death of the world, or whether it is simply an activity that contributes for us to having "a short but extravagant existence". [less ▲]

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See detailThe Weight of Bitcoin
Reyes Nájera, César UL; Baraona Pohl, Ethel

in ARQ (2018), (98), 32-43

Money must be one of the most successful human creations in terms of its extension and massiveness. Its forms, however, are multiple. For instance, we are witnessing today a cryptocurrency boom that ... [more ▼]

Money must be one of the most successful human creations in terms of its extension and massiveness. Its forms, however, are multiple. For instance, we are witnessing today a cryptocurrency boom that threatens to render physical money obsolete. But, as this article sharply shows, no matter how digital a cryptocurrency is, its creation has physical effects on a massive scale, especially in terms of energy consumption and carbon footprint. [less ▲]

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