Writings & Publications
There is incredible power in the written word. Words do matter. "Anthropologists tell us that our ability for complex reasoning evolved at the same time as humans developed language. That’s because language provides us with a sort of source code for advanced thought"(Jacobsen, 2013). However, the language of Nature cannot be expressed only in words, as this language is embedded in the law of natural attraction and sensory phenomena, pattern languages encoded in processes of life. Dr Phillip Roös attempts to reveal this language in the combination of sculpture, drawings, paintings, writings and film.
Dr Phillip B. Roös publishes works in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. For access to a range of his academic publications please refer to:
Regenerative-Adaptive Design for Sustainable Development: A Pattern Language Approach
Author: Phillip B Roös
Publisher: Springer International Publishing (2021)
Available at: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030532338
In this book, the author tests a regenerative-adaptive pattern language theory towards investigating the possibilities of a holistic, integrated design and planning method for sustainable development that incorporates the principles of regenerative design, as well as an adaptive pattern language that re-establishes our wholeness with nature, and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape. The book examines an integral approach to contemporary theories of planning and design that explores the human-nature relationship patterns in social and spatial interconnections, between people and their natural environments. The interconnectedness of human and natural systems is used to scaffold possible solutions to address key environmental and sustainability issues that specifically address the need for patterns of behaviour that acknowledge the duality of ‘man and nature’. In 12 chapters, the book presents a holistic, regenerative adaptive pattern language that encapsulates how communities can better appreciate landscape change under future climate effects, and acknowledges the importance to adapt to patterns of change of place and the environment and therefore inform the communities’ responses for sustainable development. The application of the regenerative-adaptive pattern language was tested along the Great Ocean Road region of the Victorian coast in Australia.
Heal the Scar: Regenerative Futures of Damaged Landscapes
Editor & Author: Phillip B Roös
Publisher: Live+Smart Research Laboratory, Deakin University (2020)
Available at: TBA
Heal the Scar offers an insightful investigation and visionary concepts for the re-purposing and regeneration of exhausted quarry and mine sites. Commencing with framing the global problem of a rapidly expanding non-renewable resource extraction industry to supply the cheap resource needs for a rapidly urbanised world, chapters progress to explore alternative solutions towards more sustainable and environmentally focused options that address the negative legacy and impacts upon the lands and waters that these mine sites leave behind. This book seeks to discuss current issues relating to these scars in the landscape, the closed, rehabilitated and/or abandoned mine sites; especially those sites that are next to human settlements. So how can these sites be transformed from highly environmental impacted and damaged landscapes to sustainable and regenerative places that respect and engage with their environments and their surrounding communities. The research team and contributing authors attempt to provide insights to help answer one important question - What can we do to solve this problem?
Geelong's Changing Landscape: Ecology, Development and Conservation
Editors: David S Jones & Phillip B Roös
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing (1 November 2019)
Available at: https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/6771/
Geelong’s Changing Landscape offers an insightful investigation of the ecological history of the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula region. Commencing with the penetrating perspectives of Wadawurrung Elders, chapters explore colonisation and post-World War II industrial development through to the present challenges surrounding the ongoing urbanisation of this region.
Expert contributors provide thoughtful analysis of the ecological and cultural characteristics of the landscape, the impact of past actions, and options for ethical future management of the region. This book will be of value to scientists, engineers, land use planners, environmentalists and historians.