Ideas For More Sustainable Cities

Ideas For More Sustainable Cities Part 1

Ideas For More Sustainable Cities

Part 1:

Ideas for more sustainable cities was inspired by some interesting initiatives happening around the world. There are many factors to consider when talking about sustainable cities. Things like resilient local food and housing systems, renewable energy and water conservation, smart infrastructure designed to complement nature, are just some of the topics.

Around the world, there are some cool initiatives and solutions in the works.  Singapore for example, is Asia’s greenest city. As a small, dense, and resourceless island, it has very little farmable land to grow food.  So for locals, rooftop gardens are a way of life. The 340-meter-long SkyPark on top of the Marina Bay Sands complex, with its dramatic infinity pool, is the most famous.  The awe-inspiring Supertree structures (up to 50m tall) in the Gardens by the Bay, have come to symbolize Singapore’s eco-commitment. The city also created its own equivalent of New York’s High Line – a 24-kilometer stretch of parkland along old railway tracks.

Another success in Singapore is an urban agriculture company called Sky Greens. Their urban farm system has won several awards for it’s sustainable food practices.

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Over in Seoul, South Korea they took a large overpass that was crumbling and instead of the tearing it down, transformed it into a green walkable oasis!

The ‘Hanging Garden’ of Seoul, Seoullo 7017 opens

South Korea’s busy capital has a brand new tourist attraction. In some sense it’s more like a successful transformation. Instead being discarded, a disused overpass, has been given a new lease in life. Our Hwang Hojun introduces to us the garden that’s hanging in the sky.

In Europe, James Ehrlich is developing Regen Villages, “a new visionary model for the development of off-grid, integrated and resilient eco-villages that can power and feed self-reliant families around the world.

ReGen stands for regenerative, where the outputs of one system are the inputs of another. The concept has a holistic approach and combines a variety of innovative technologies, such as energy positive homes, renewable energy, energy storage, door-step high-yield organic food production, vertical farming aquaponics/aeroponics, water management and waste-to-resource systems.”

The Future of Living: Self-Sustaining Villages | James Ehrlich | TEDxKlagenfurt

Smart house inside of the dumb neighborhood does not make sense! James explains in his talk how to build regenerative communities that produce more organic food, clean water, renewable energy and mitigate waste. James Ehrlich is the Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company, which aims to develop the “Tesla of Ecovillages” with an infrastructure that creates a surplus energy, water, and organic food.

Looking For a New Way to Live

infrastructure visionary James Ehrlich, the founder of ReGen Villages, wants to create neighborhoods that will generate their own power and grow their own food. James Ehrlich is the founder and president of ReGen Villages, which seeks to create self-reliant ecosystems globally. Credit…

In Dubai where temperatures can reach 41 Celcius degrees in summer months, they’ve built this fully sustainable eco village with 35000 residents and counting. It is a truly remarkable achievement, a stark lesson to building contractors the world over. It’s not more expensive to build but hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in. They seemed to have thought of everything here!

Sustainable City | Fully Charged

We spent an amazing day at the Sustainable City, a housing development in Dubai with 3,500 people already living there and it’s still not quite finished. This truly is a remarkable achievement, a stark lesson to building contractors the world over. It’s not more expensive to build and it’s hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in.

Stay tuned for Part 2

Bonnie Meisels
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