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Announcement of some of the new publications (find more publications on the “writings” page in the top menu)

About the availability of our book from 2008

2008-greenbookSome people have been asking me whether the book we published in 2008, Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures, is still available in hard copies, or as ebook, given that it is not (or not often, and not for new copies) available at Amazon anymore. So I inquired with the publisher, and can share the following information:

There are still about 40 hard copies available, that you can directly order from the publisher, at (direct link to the book: here) or by email at “Südost Service”:

Next year (2015) or maybe already at the very end of this year (2014), the book will be made available as eBook, by the publisher VAS in partnership with “LIBREKA”.

Let artists shape a resilient city

I published a short opinion piece in “The Straits Times” (Singapore) last Thursday (April 10th 2014). As Singapore newspapers are hard to find for many of us in the rest of the world, here’s the text of that piece (I had to keep it very short and fulfill the edit requests of the newspaper… I am also doing a longer article in a book to be published soon by the organizers of the i Light symposium).

Last month (March) I was invited to give a keynote address on art and sustainability at the i Light Symposium held at the URA Centre in Maxwell Rd. The aim of the conference was to bring together leading thinkers in the area of Light and Art, interrogating art’s power to improve society. I had diverse conversations with artists, architects, social scientists and others, on unsustainable development. I visited neighbourhoods ranging from Marina Bay to Bukit Brown.

These first impressions raised my awareness of the specific challenges of urban resilience for Singapore. In particular, impending climate change raises the question of Singapore’s “resilience” to serious future crises. Will it survive when the trusted approaches that granted wealth and stability to the island in the past will be severely tested?  Continue reading

“Art and Sustainability” now available as eBook

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UPDATE (May 22nd 2014) – I  just now found on the “transcript Verlag” website that they already started selling the PDF directly on their website, here. That is for most people a better option than the  De Gruyter version (as discussed below)…

[Original post from Feb. 25th:] The 2nd, emended edition (2013) of my book Art and Sustainability: Connecting patterns for a culture of complexity, was just released as eBook a couple of days ago. It is distributed online (as are all the other books published at ‘transcript Verlag’) by De Gruyter. Here is the direct link:

UPDATE (April 15th 2014) – Beware! This ‘eBook’ format as distributed by De Gruyter is targeted at libraries, and is not practical for individual customers. The eBook is only available for download in chapters, not as one big PDF file… Some colleagues complained to me, I then enquired near my publisher “transcript Verlag” and here is what they wrote back to me:

“De Gruyter Online might be accessable for individual customers but the E-Books are mainly directed to libraries who actually prefer not only the PDF format but also to be able to download each chapter individually (that is, among other reasons, because libraries buy access to the plattform rather than to every single book.) As libraries are a very large group within our customers, it is of utmost importance to us, to provide them the content in the exact way as they need them. […] However, we will start selling the ebooks on our website and several other online-shops soon. Here, you can download the whole book in one.
We will – in time – inform our authors about this possibility. “

2 pieces of news

(1) A new review of my book “Art and Sustainability”, in Russian:

I have come across a new review of my book “Art and Sustainability”, in a Russian academic (peer reviewed) journal:

Yatsyk, A. (2013). Sacha Kagan. Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2011. Laboratorium: Russian Review Of Social Research, 5(2), 193-196. Retrieved from

Here is a short quote from the review (I used Google to translate):

“Sacha Kagan’s work is impressive in the breadth of concepts, names and theories, the depth of their study, the saturation of the empirical material. Despite the impressive volume – more than five hundred pages – it is built very logically and systematically […] This work is not run like a hundred meters. Rather, it is like a marathon, you can not get that right the first time. However, it is worth it.”

(2) A video-conferenced plenary presentation at an academic conference in Australia:

I am giving a talk (through ‘Google Hangout’, from Lueneburg, Germany) in a plenary session at an upcoming conference at Curtin University (Perth, Australia). The conference name is “The Aesthetics of Sustainability”, on October 3rd and 4th 2013. The title of my contribution (on October 3rd at 2pm local time in Perth) is: “Complexity as experience: aesthetics towards cultures of sustainability”.

See the conference website here:

2nd edition

art and sustainabilityThe 2nd, emended edition of my book Art and Sustainability: Connecting patterns for a culture of complexity – published at transcript Verlag (click here for the book’s page on the publisher’s website) is now (April 2013) available. (To view the earlier blog post about the reviews of this book in 2012, click here.)