«a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/economic/social complexity, over a considerable area, for an extended time»
Diamond, Jared (2006) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. London: Penguin, p.13
The term is used to describe a new relationship with the environment now that the language of the sublime no longer seems appropriate with the end of the idea of human mastery over the Earth (Ghosn 2020, p.62). The environmental uncanny «pertains to nonhuman beings» and has «no human referents at all» (Ghosh 2016, p.32), it is connected to but somehow different from the «sublime».
Ghosn, Rania (2020) A Flooded Thirsty World, Journal of Architectural Education, 74:1, 60-69, DOI: 10.1080/10464883.2020.1693828
Ghosh, Amitav (2016) The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press
«Now let’s not get caught up in all this truth now. Remember that fiction is our passion.» (Sorrentino 2015)
Fiction is a narrative form, a type of book or a story created in any medium, about imaginary characters, events and places and not based on history or fact.
«Soft spaces are the fluid areas between such formal processes where implementation through bargaining, flexibility, discretion and
interpretation dominate. […] The concept of soft spaces, in particular, signals an attempt to understand the implications of relational and non-state-centric geographies for spatial planning and governance.»
Haughton, Graham & Allmendinger, Phil (2007). ‘Soft spaces’ in planning. in Town and country planning: the quarterly review of the Town and Country Planning Association. 76. pp. 306-308.
Donna Haraway, with reference to Joshua LaBare defines Speculative Fabulation as a «mode of attention, a theory of history, and a practice of worlding» that considers the «conceivable, possible, inexorable, and logical»
Haraway, Donna Jean (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press. p.213.