There may be one or two things as important for humanity’s future, but nothing is more important than ecocities.
a great, insight, article by Richard Register on Eco Cities, which here in the UK may give another view on eco towns, from both sides, ie both those planning and those opposing:
But what is most often missed is the design and layout of our built environment of cities, towns and villages. Could we build cities that actually enrich soils, promote biodiversity and stabilize climate while creating a more beautiful human environment than ever seen before and one harmonious with the natural world as well?
I’ve seen people move small steps in the right direction and stop, satisfied that they have arrived. They, for example, might recycle better and buy an energy saving automobile, but they still live a long way from work and their friends and drive anyway.
I’ve seen them freeze up the city, opposing any new “density” in already existing neighborhoods or resist adding diversity of services and jobs to a neighborhood, clinging to the segregating single uses of zoning that helped the car scatter the city of car dependent and cheap energy dependent distances.
and Richards conclusion:
We need to be thorough. We need to see all the parts connected and understand that to have a…
…. read the article at Eco Cities,
Food production and consumption constitutes about 40% of our carbon footprint and yet there is never a discussion about food supply and the flow of this important resource in the context of eco-cities. it’s great that Register draws attention to wider issues. But what about this one too?