Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Bjarke Ingels - Hedonistic Sustainability

This is a great TED talk about how sustainability - through smart design - can improve quality of life, and help more people satisfy their basic needs more effectively, while processing and cycling resources at a sustainable rate.

The concept of the "8 House" was particularly striking to me.  A few years ago, I mocked up this conceptual slide of what a mixed-use development could look like that would have all of the elements of primary production, industry, work, life and play.  The core pattern was a figure 8 with a closed-loop industrial ecology system interacting with a mixed-use residential/commercial system; all walkable with minimal need for imports and excess capacity to export efficiently by rail:

Obviously, this is highly over-simplified and conceptual, but it's exciting to see how design can maximize daylight and solar gain, balance public and private green-space for the community, and easily engage in both urban and rural / natural environments without a vehicle. It's a inspiring to see that something moving in this direction already exists.

Stay going.

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