It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

"Growth Could Happen in a Different Way"

Wired reports: China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis.

3 comments:

inel said...

"… free from legacy designs and technologies tailored to the world of the 19th and 20th centuries. That is a huge advantage."

Too true.

Also, the fact that we need to be "addressing the central problem of this age — resource efficiency — and how it relates to cultural, social, and economic development."

There are parallels between this story and the Google networking video referenced in your previous post; I expect you noticed. The change of aspect from which to view the problem, the "… radical new approach to (fill in as appropriate) design…" and the dramatic scope with special detailed concerns—bird conservation, in this case; the eagerness to ask new questions and solve a unique, complex problem, instead of relying on old questions and solving them the traditional way.


Good example of what can be done, with the will to take on a challenge.

Fergus said...

Wow!

What impresses is the will of the state to think big and back up its intentions. If only we could see more of that in the developed world.

Other than that, I'd say that the RMI should be very pleased with themselves: it looks like the Lovins' message is coming across big time.

Interesting to compare this project with the mind-bendingly narrow-minded thinking going on behind the plans in the UK to build tens of thousands of new homes in one of the most vulnerable (to sea inundation) areas in the whole country.

Heiko said...

I am conflicted about it, on the one hand, it looks like an exciting project in many respects, eg the biomass CHP side, where it is even possible I may have some involvement at some stage,

on the other hand, there's the British experience with densification:

http://heikoheiko.blogspot.com/2006/10/sprawl-and-uk-housing-shortage.html

And, I'd say the land in question is also "in one of the most vulnerable (to sea inundation) areas in the whole country."