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Lifestyle and nature, integrating nature technology to sustainable lifestyles, edited by Ryuzo Furukawa

Environmental constraints are becoming increasingly severe, and now more than ever it is time that we confront head-on the change from an "underground resources" type of civilization to one with a new way of life and technology that embraces a sense of nature. To do so, we need to understand the process of the civilization change. We must change our way of thinking to backcasting in order to design future lifestyles and learn from the elderly who lived with nature under severe environmental constraints more than 70 years ago. We must also learn from nature directly, the only sustainable society on earth. This book introduces Bio-TRIZ and ontology engineering to match and find technologies needed for spiritually affluent lifestyles. It provides many examples of Japanese cities that conducted lifestyle design projects based on nature technology. The book is a great reference for graduate-level students of environmental studies and engineering and for researchers in innovation, social science, engineering, and public policy, especially those with an interest in lifestyle change for a sustainable society
Table Of Contents
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1: Environmental Degradation and the Need to Change Our Lifestyles; 1.1 What Are the Current Issues?; 1.2 The Two Limits; 1.3 Environmental Degradation (Expansion of Human Activity); 1.4 Our Decreasing Appetite for Material Consumption; 1.4.1 The Limits of the Consumer Society; 1.4.2 Two Reasons We Feel a Sense of Stagnation; 1.4.3 The Murkiness of the Path Forward; 1.4.4 A Change in How Things Are Valued; 1.4.5 The Concept of Consumption; 1.5 The Lifestyle Changes We Must Make. 1.5.1 Breaking Away, Expanding Unsustainably1.5.2 Thinking about a Sustainable Society; 1.5.3 The Signs Are Already Here; 2: Nature Technology Creation System; 2.1 The Two Doors to Technology; 2.2 Considering Natural Advantage; 2.3 Nature's Unique Closed-Loop Society; 2.4 Nature Achieves a Perfect Cycle with Minimal Energy Input; 2.5 Nature Boasts the Perfect Cycle Yet Is Self-serving; 2.6 Nature Technology: A New System of Manufacturing; 2.7 Can We Learn from Nature?; 2.8 Nature Drives Perfect Cycles with a Minimal Input of Energy. 2.9 The Success of the Industrial Revolution Was Based on the Principle of Humanity's Separation from Nature2.10 A Philosophy of Unity with Nature; 2.11 Iki, the Spirit of Edo; 2.12 The Japanese Industrial Revolution; 2.13 The Four Elements of Technology We Can Learn from Iki; 2.14 A Waterless Bath Learning from Foam; 3: How Japan Found a Way of Life Producing Spiritual Affluence from Limited Resources; 3.1 A Way of Life That Depends on Nature; 3.2 A Way of Life Attuned to Nature; 3.3 Craftsmanship as a Way of Life; 3.4 Togetherness as a Way of Life. 3.5 A Way of Life in Which People Fulfill Responsibilities3.6 Living as Part of a Natural Cycle; 3.7 The Disappearance of Spiritual Affluence; 4: Lifestyle Design by Backcasting; 4.1 The Necessity of Lifestyle Innovation; 4.2 How to Design Lifestyles by Backcasting; 4.3 Lifestyle Design Case Studies; 4.4 Lifestyle Evaluation; 4.5 Lifestyle Factors Desired by Japanese Local Area Under the Environmental Constraints of the Year 2030; 4.6 How to Advance Lifestyle Change; 4.7 What Will Be the Motivation for Changing Lifestyles?; 4.8 Implementing New Lifestyles in Regional Communities. 5: Extracting Technologies from Future Lifestyles5.1 Spiritually Affluent Lifestyles; 5.2 The Concept of the Missing Link; 5.2.1 Research on the Missing Link; 5.3 Studying the Indications; 5.4 Studying Indicators; 5.5 Structure of Indicators; 6: Matching Lifestyle to Technology; 6.1 Use of the Simplest Method; 6.2 Why Expand and Dig into Each Lifestyle?; 6.3 Expanding Lifestyles: Method of Conceptualization; 6.3.1 Finding the Key Concept behind a Whole Lifestyle (Going Back to the Abstract); Conceptualization of the Utility Pole Lifestyle
Literary Form
non fiction
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (442 pages)
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