"But the reality is that the world’s megacities are becoming sprawling megaslums, with city authorities unable to keep up with their growth and increasing inequality."

“But the reality is that the world’s megacities are becoming sprawling megaslums, with city authorities unable to keep up with their growth and increasing inequality.”

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“Urban living depends on enormous resource consumption. Urban citizens use four times the energy that rural dwellers consume. The characteristic of a truly sustainable city is, first and foremost, that it powers itself entirely by means of renewable energy systems. In nature, waste materials are absorbed beneficially back into the local environment as nutrients. Cities don’t do that. They work by way of taking resources from one place and dumping them somewhere else causing damage to nature. We need to turn this linear process into a circular process instead.”

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“…But life in the endless city would be psychologically intolerable without contact with nature, he says. The vast city disconnected from the natural world and impossible to leave becomes a vast prison with potentially terrible consequences for both human society and the planet itself.

“The key is the degree to which the cities of the future allow people to live high quality lives. Without access to green space sustainability is impossible. Life must include a connection to the natural environment,” he says.  

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The Endless City  by John Vidal is the Guardian’s environment editor.  

How do you see the ‘reality’ of the endless city? of our resource consumption? the future of cities? how to attain sustainability?


Manuel Castells reading:

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OWS and websites such as adbusters or communal social networking websites achieve the goal of collective discourse by the community. The reading did not list demands perhaps because it hopes to influence our everyday consciousness, heighten our sense of awareness.

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About Hannah Webster

Hello, my name is Hannah Webster. Brand Strategy, Design & Marketing Consulting | Public Relations in Los Angeles | Research: “VR Digital Storytelling Tech Elicits Empathy in its Viewers”

3 responses »

  1. agent provocateur says:

    Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch.

  2. haircomestrouble says:

    Oklahoma city is an excellent example of a city that went from one of America’s fattest to one of its healthiest in 5 years due to changing the city from a car friendly city that had great freeways and city streets but no place for people to just the opposite. It can be done. It’s just a matter of leadership and commitment. http://www.ted.com/talks/mick_cornett_how_an_obese_town_lost_a_million_pounds?language=en

  3. hannahmwebster says:

    @haircomestrouble Taking initiative to implement changes in ones town, city, community, is the first step to change. This is why I think making accessible websites for people to make their own petitions, or youtube for people to voice their thoughts, or platforms for campaigns and manifestos to draw attention to issues of importance are all so important –bc “it can be done;” change is entirely possible in any circumstance. I completely agree that leadership and commitment are motivators and activating agents for change of any degree. When I’m out of the library, I look forward to watching the TED talk!!!

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