"Nature may be compared to a composer who listens to his own works played on an instrument of his own construction. This results in a strangely reciprocal relationship between nature, which has created man, and man, who not only in his art and science, but also in his experiential universe, has created nature. [...] The formula of the reciprocal relationship between man, who must, in his self-world, create nature, and nature, which has brought forth the human species, requires us to consider the relationship between sign processes in nature and in language."
T. von Uexküll 1992: 281, 282
This quote got me thinking on Architecture and our artificial umwelt. Whenever we start thinking about human's umwelt we want to think of nature, the sky, the green grass and woods that surround us, the seas and every organism that lives in the planet. We have guarded ourselves from this nature though. Since humans began to create a social world for themselves they created and built and artificial world to protect themselves from their own environment (natural "disasters"). Architecture is the simplest and most primitive example of an artificial umwelt. Humans became designers of their own umwelt, we have destroyed it, appreciate it and feel it.
I started growing physarum but it didn't work. They got contaminated, perhaps of the area where they are growing or the food I gave them. I will need to be more careful