Beyond the New Urbanism - City Regeneration
Reviving Meaning & Purpose
Reconceptualize Thinning Space
Gathering & Creating
Technologies, Tools & Expertise
The Meta-Industrial Village
Building the Template for Sustainable Cities of the Future
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• GLOBAL WARMING
• RATES OF CHANGE
• TURNING POINTS
• CHAOS POINTS
• DARK AGES AHEAD
It is not only Korea, accelerating rates of S
change have impacted most of the planet. I
In mathematics, the point where the value of an otherwise ﬁnite
and continuous function becomes inﬁnite is called a quot;singularity,
the point where all mathematical modelling breaks down.
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Psychological Fixation Blocks Creativity & Vision
Making it hard to adapt to such rapid change
Examples of Functional Fixedness:
• Using steam to pump water to water wheels instead
of driving the mill directly
• Including buggy whip holders on the first automobiles
• Constraining computer mediated communications to
function like regular mail.
• Using multi media to produce interactive Books and
Movies or otherwise emulate existing media.
• Comparing Cyberspace to the Interstate Highway System
Familiar Metaphors encourage Functional Fixedness
Some Crocuses in the Snow
Signs of the Coming Spring Season of Sustainability
• Dongtan Worlds ﬁrst Sustainable City
• Cntr Interactive Research on Sustainability
• Holcim Fnd for Sustainable Construction
• World Business Council on Sustainable Dev
• Greenest Skyscraper in the World??
• World Resources Defense Council
• DestiNY Eco Mega-Mall
Dongtan - world’s ﬁrst sustainable city
“Dongtan potentially represents a ‘seismic shift’ in urban development. But, this
isn’t Utopia. It will use existing or near-market technologies.” Peter Head, ARUP
Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is developing what
has been hailed as the most environmentally innovative and high
performance building in North America. The Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability will occupy three ﬂoors, and provide
120,000 square feet of quot;living laboratoryquot; where not only sustainable
research will be conducted, but the building's effectiveness as a
sustainable working environment will be actively analyzed.
Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
Holcim Awards highlight sustainable construction projects and illustrate
innovative solutions and technologies around the world.
It is the mission of the Holcim Foundation to
select and support initiatives that combine
sustainable construction solutions with
architectural quality and enhanced quality of
life beyond technical solutions. The Holcim
Foundation intends to encourage sustainable
responses to the technological, environmental,
socio-economic and cultural issues affecting
building and construction.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for
Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
is forming an alliance of leading global
companies to determine how buildings
can be designed and constructed so
• Use no energy from external power grids,
• Are carbon neutral, and
• Built & operated at fair market values.
Greenest Skyscraper in the World ?
When the new Bank of America building, designed by Cook
+ Fox Architects, is completed at One Bryant place in
midtown New York - it will be the ﬁrst skyscraper ever to
attain a Platinum LEED * accreditation. And since Platinum is
the best you can get out of the four-tiered LEED system, it
means that this will be the greenest skyscraper in the world.
* Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
based Eco-Ofﬁce is
one example of a
help cut energy
consumption by 50
DestiNY Eco-Mega Mall - Syracuse NY
• 44 MW of wind power
“America’s ‘Apollo • 120 MW from biodiesel and biomass
• 32 MW of solar electricity
• 28 MW of electricity from fuel cells
Technology to Power the Future
• Green Roofs, & Living Walls
• Solar Stirling Generators
• Wave Energy Conversion
• Wind Power Turbines
Living Walls and Wetparks for Grey Water Puriﬁcation
The current system of wastewater
management severely restricts the
possibility of nutrient recycling. The bigger
constraint evolves when the wastewater
from toilets that contains a high quantity
of organic material and nutrients (urine
and faeces) is mixed with grey water
(from washing, dish, bath water and the
like), which contains fairly low amounts.
Solar Stirling Gen Sets
3 X more energy Density than Photovoltaics
Wind Power .....................
If 10% of the world’s power
came from wind, it would cut
CO2 emissions by one billion UNDP
tonnes a year
UK Secretary of State Peter Hain has
suggested that starting in 2008, all new
homes built will include solar panels,
wind turbines, or some other form of
• The Hanover Principles
• Focus on Meaning & Purpose
• SOCBED (Self Organizing
• Convolving Space & Cyberspace
• Lessons for U City
The Hannover Principles of Sustainable Development by William McDonough
1. Insist on rights of humanity and nature to co-exist
in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition.
2. Recognize interdependence.
The elements of human design interact with and depend upon the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations to recognizing even distant effects.
3. Respect relationships between spirit and matter.
Consider all aspects of human settlement including community, dwelling, industry and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness.
4. Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions
upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems, and their right to co-exist.
5. Create safe objects of long-term value.
Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance of vigilant administration of potential danger due to the careless creation of products, processes or standards.
6. Eliminate the concept of waste.
Evaluate and optimize the full life-cycle of products and processes, to approach the state of natural systems, in which there is no waste.
7. Rely on natural energy ﬂows.
Human designs should, like the living world, derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. Incorporate the energy efﬁciently and safely for responsible use.
8. Understand the limitations of design.
No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model
and mentor, not and inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.
9. Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge.
Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues, patrons, manufacturers and users to link long term sustainable considerations with ethical
responsibility, and re-establish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity.
Refocus on Human Meaning & Purpose
Broaden the bandwidth of communication technology to
encourage emergent communication & organization styles
Hierachy of Needs Is Not An End Point
But a Self Renewing Drive
A Humanistic Guide
to Homo Digitalis
From Survival to Self Actualization
A Template for specifying design
parameters for new technologies
to ensure the emergence of
Humanism in the Digital World.
Cultivating the Network of Minds
• Learning Community/
• Storytelling - Indigenous
• Transpersonal &
• Multi-Spectral Work Place
• T. Autonomous Zones
Cultivating the Mind of the Network
• Self Org. Community
Based Economic Dev.
• Social Network Agents
• Active Packets -
• Convolving Cyber and
• Serious Games...
Emerging Maps of Ubiquitous Convolved Cyber-Space
A visual taxonomy of different modes of communication and
interaction created by designer Nathan Shedroff
Cultivating Emergent Business Models
• Maruyama’s Morpho-
Genetic Joint Ventures
• Open Source- Cathedral
& the Bazaar, Clue Train
• Temporary Autonomous
Zones as Incubators
• Positive Sum Serious
SOCBED Research Methodology
Self Organizing Community
Based Economic Development
A Participatory Futures
WayFinders Cybercafe &
Community Visioning Center
A learning community
action research experiment
in Maui, Hawaii. Starring the
Ke Ala Hoku children’s Vision
for Hawaii’s Future.
Lessons for U-City & New City
• Provide a real life laboratory for policy experimentation.
• Add synergy and value to existing projects
• Act as an incentive for participation in existing projects
• Serve to focus public dialogue, participation and quot;buy inquot; to resulting
• Be more likely to incubate new social inventions
• Allow for ﬂexible and rapid transitions to national policies
“The way forward is paradoxically to look not ahead but to look around”
- John Seeley Brown
Dawn of a New Era
“We find ourselves at the end of one
era, and not yet at the beginning of a
We are the citizens of closing times,
and this makes us pioneers of opening
time, bridge builders and architects,
the ones who will make it happen. “
- Jean Houston