Dinner for Few / Nassos Vakalis

“During dinner the system works like a well-oiled machine. It solely feeds the select few who eventually, foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. Sadly, the offspring of this profound transition turn out not to be a sign of hope, but the spitting image of the parents. “

Dinner for Few, a ten minute CG-animated film on the cyclical nature of human affairs throughout history, produced and directed by Greek animation artist Nassos Vakalis.

Dinner for Few screened at over 250 international film festivals and won 78 awards.

The original music is by Greek film composer Kostas Christides and performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.

via Animationboss

Don’t Panic / Hans Rosling

Swedish Professor Hans Rosling presents in the form of a lecture some surprising statistics on human overpopulation. From the 2013 documentary Don’t Panic — The Truth about Population.

Everything that fits in a square mile

the jefferson grid - oregon

the jefferson grid - oregon 3

the jefferson grid - oregon 1

the jefferson grid - utah

the jefferson grid - mexico

the jefferson grid - oklahoma

the jefferson grid - california

the jefferson grid - texas

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US satellite photos picturing one square mile of land from the Jefferson Grid Instagram account, via NYTimes.

Taxonomy of a Landscape / Victoria Sambunaris

Victoria Sambunaris. 1Untitled (Dunes); Near El Centro, CA, 2010

Victoria Sambunaris. 2Untitled (Red containers, wet ground); Fort Worth, TX, 2000

Victoria Sambunaris. 4Untitled (talc mine benches); Cameron, MT, 2009

Victoria Sambunaris. 8Untitled (Distant orange trucks docked with cornfield); Janesville, WI, 2001

Victoria Sambunaris. 3Untitled (Uranium tailings); Mexican Hat, UT, 2005

Victoria Sambunaris. 5Untitled (Copper mine); Bingham Canyon, UT, 2002

Victoria Sambunaris. 6Untitled (White trains on salt flats, I-80); Great Salt Lake Desert, UT, 2002

Altered landscapes from human activities and industry, from the series Taxonomy of a Landscape by American photographer Victoria Sambunaris.

via bldgblog + medium

The Divide / Brent Sievers

The Divide, a dark short on humans and nature by American animator Brent Sievers.

via robotmafia

Sunken Villages / Louis Helbig

Louis Helbig CNR-and-Highway-No2

Aerial views of sunken highways and industrial structures, taken along the artificially engineered St. Lawrence Seaway -a borderland hydrological project in the international margin between Canada and the United States- part of the project Sunken Villages by Canadian photographer Louis Helbig.

Louis Helbig Kings-Highway

Louis Helbig Campbell-Property-Detail

Louis Helbig Asphalt-and-Ripples

As Helbig explains on his well organized website:
July 1, 1958, is remembered as Inundation Day in the region near Cornwall, Ontario. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam and four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.
On the Canadian side, twelve communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Following the old King’s Highway No. 2, upstream: Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed; Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name; and, about half of Morrisburg–including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street–were levelled.
(..) On both sides, large rural tracts and property, farms, cottages, and entire islands were flooded. Sacred sites were obliterated and the historic battlefield of Crysler’s farm–where in November 1813 Redcoats, local militia and Mohawk warriors staved off a larger American force intent on sacking Montreal—disappeared.
With the communities went their infrastructure. Some buildings were moved and some graves exhumed. Roads, railways, and bridges were left to be buried along with the previous system of locks and canals. All else was levelled, razed to the foundations, cut to the stumps, burned and bulldozed.

For more context and history, including interviews with local residents pushed out by the rising waters, click through to the Sunken Villages website

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WWT’s previous posts on transformed landscapes by:

David Maisel + Edward Burtynsk + Pétur Thomsen

Greg’s Cable Map

Greg's Cable Map

 

Greg Mahlknecht has created an interesting and cartographically striking map of the global undersea communications infrastructure. The siteshows the location of primarily undersea cables that allow internet and other data to travel from the other side of the world, across the oceans and into your home.

via berkeley/earth

eco toilets

 

An innovative toilet-to-garden process turning waste into resource, in Haiti’s camp for the internally-displaced.

via AlJazeera