This post could be titled: “The End of the Middle East Conflict, Clean Air and Making Streets Livable for People”.
When cars in Europe and North America convert to electric motors the consumption of fossil fuels will plummet; dependence on foreign oil will be over; and many many unintended consequences will follow including clean air. The change will be of a scale as great as the French Revolution, the First World War, the Depression, the Second World War, etc. However, there is a hitch: as the award-winning documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” testifies, GM pulled its production model battery car from the market back in 2005. The giant opted for self preservation over innovation. The only conclusion to draw from this documentary is that our democracy will be stronger when cars run on fuel obtained from a thin solar panel stuck on the roof of the garage. [Links to the documentary are provided below].
The ‘Cheesegrater’ London (Google Images).
The truth about developers: they are exploiting planning authority and ruining our cities.
The Guardian, September 2014
David Harvey HARDtalk at the BBC (2012)
A collection of 20 minute chats or Ted Talks by a wide cross-section of prominent contemporary figures.
photo: google image commons
Time magazine called it “Hong-couver” in the 1990s. Between Expo 1986 and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics planning in Vancouver took a turn for the worse building a tower-and-podium typology many hoped would make the city ‘world class’. However, as tower developers drive into the neighborhoods in search of cheap land a different Vancouver is being loudly proclaimed. Continue reading
What if the cars are not the problem? What if vehicular congestion, pollution, and environmental degradation are symptoms of bad urbanism, but not the cause? What if the greatest challenge facing urban sustainability are the towers and the freeways—the permanent structures and public investments—rather than the cars? Consider that the fleet changes over every 4 to 10 years making it possible to retrofit new technologies at a fast rate. Leading indicators like the taxi fleets have gone electric signalling a truly revolutionary change ahead. Towers and highways, on the other hand, will be with us for centuries to come inscribing patterns on the landscape—and in our social circles—that are much more difficult to break Continue reading
Aerial View: Florence, Italy