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5 Jun 2007 @ 20:31, by swanny

June 5, 2007
Tuesday
Canada

Biocities

I was just thinking about the need for diversity in order to foster sustainablility
and it struck me that while there is much talk of cultural diversity in the human
community, cities tend to be very sterile, mechanical and undiverse or unbiodiverse places. Nature is reduced to mere ornament and show and the city itself is a place of most human and automobile narcissim. Right now in Alberta for instance we have a economic boom which is reducing the quality of life but fostering growth based not on anything sustainable but on the panacea of growth itself.

What we need though is a biocity design. A city or village that incorporates the farm garden and nature into the city as economic isolation has necessitated in cuba for instance.

This biocity thus would be more sustainalbe not by virtue of cultural diversity but of biodiversity and harmony with nature and the climate.

Trees and plants are much more than ornament afterall they clean purify and humidfy the air in a way mechanical systems can not do with the same effect and efficiency.

Why throw thus good time energy and money after the ill concieved or underconceived notion of the modern city. It is just a selfglorification of human narcissim and excess and convience.

ed


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16 Dec 2007 @ 21:24 by kiviuq : True
I quite agree. I would love to see a city, or community of any size, that is designed with living things in mind, instead of with cars, buildings and machines in mind. But I think that cities are as they are because of the economic imperative. If you removed cars and roads, for example, the advantages for the environment, for safety, for health, for animals and for people's general livelihood would be huge, but if any of our existing cities adopted this radical scheme, it would be chaos, simply because our society and economic system is not designed for people to live slow, happy lives in biodiverse, ecologically sustainable areas.  


15 Jul 2009 @ 19:35 by Tobias Holbrook.... at the moment. @86.130.141.222 : Biocities?
There doesn't seem to be much on Biocities available, a simple google search shows.Shame. I'd imagine it would have to be built from scratch. The current tree villages could serve as the nuclei perhaps? They'd require a proper balance of trees to provide food, and some kind of staple food; I'd suggest Potatoes. People would live in the trees, and...

Well, it *could* happen...

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