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EcoCities - Cities in Balance with Nature
EcoCities are designed to be more in tune with the natural environment. Using less power to run, having less (or no!) roads and cars in the core of the city, building compact, dense, vertical structures that provide all of the benefits of urban living while also shedding many of the problems associated with cities (asphalt, traffic, pollution, parking problems, sprawl, etc.)
There are a variety of books and web resources available that explore this concept, and some cities are reinventing themselves using these techniques. Is your city one of them? What programs are they implementing? Would you like to live in a city like these? Why or why not?
Please add links and discussion to this page.
- "From Eco-Cities to Living Machines: Principles of Ecological Design" by John Jack Todd Nancy J. Todd (ISBN 1556431503 (alternate, search))
- "Ecocity Berkeley : Building Cities for a Healthy Future" by Richard Register (ISBN 1556430094 (alternate, search))
- "Ecocities: Building Cities in Balance with Nature" by Richard Register, Hazel Henderson (ISBN 1893163377 (alternate, search))
- [KQED FM] in San Francisco had an interview with Richard Register about Eco Cities on their "Forum" program. Click on the week for March 11-15, 2002. The Eco Cities program was broadcast at 10am on Thursday, March 14, 2002. [This link] should search for the correct archive.
- "ARCOLOGY - THE CITY IN THE IMAGE OF MAN" by Paolo Soleri (ISBN 0927015153 (alternate, search))
- "The Urban Ideal: Conversations with Paolo Soleri" by Paolo Soleri (ISBN 1893163288 (alternate, search))
- http://www.arcosanti.org - Arcosanti - A prototype arcology being built in Nevada
- Also see the WholeFuture/Arcologies page, which has links to several other books by Paolo Soleri.
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