This talk addresses much more than looking at historical trends in architecture or even the apparent needs of society at this point in history. Dealing with the vertical city that unites with the horizontal dimension and that thus leads to cities like complex living organisms – like our ever so human bodies – is as important as anything gets in either the history of our species or the evolution of all species.
I will present two scales of time, one reality in which we notice ecology and evolution are the same thing seen in two vastly different time scales but working as one set of principles in the flow of time toward great and healthy cities and an ever greater condition of vitality life on Earth if we learn and build fast enough.
What happened with sprawl, the automobile and how that can be corrected
Things went excessively “off track” when people inherited the fire not of Icarus’ sun, but of stored solar energy underground in fossil fuels and with that excessive intense energy flow humanity hadn’t yet had the wisdom to handle well, led to fast machines with cheap fuel and the radical distortion of cities, towns and even villages. The oil and coal even enflamed human wars like no other force on the planet before.
The basics of ecocity history and where vertical city fits in THE drama
Here I will look at the wonderful and the disastrous both in the American story and the Chinese as it is developing – and how a new synthesis might heal the world. I will also suggest that the project for building ecological cities, in which the insights of vertical city are crucial at this point in history, constitutes another whole field of cooperation and toning down conflict in a world distorted by violence and over exploitation by creating an enterprise we can all share in and benefit from, including the plants and animal – all of us if people do it right.
Peace on Earth, peace WITH Earth.