This is the third installment in a series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”.
Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City
by Tomiaki Tamura,
The relatively low-cost and highly efficient (in dollar value per energy output) form of non-renewable energy, namely fossil fuels, has certainly brought our western world unprecedented progress in the last century. We are also aware of the environmental and human costs that have resulted from progress’ ever-increasing carbon emission in our atmosphere, as the rest of the world began sharing a piece of our prosperity.
Depending on regional climatic and topographical conditions, SOLARE introduces alternative energy production options: continuous arrays of photovoltaic modules harvesting solar energy and a series of windmills capturing wind energy.
Both systems are located at the top of the structures to take advantage of non-polluting renewable energies.
Passive solar features such as glazed atrium spaces and attached greenhouses (Energy Apron) add to the energy efficiency of the building.
If all the combinations of the suggested energy production systems are employed for the urban modules, they would support 80-100% of their energy needs.
Efficient organization of water supply and wastewater reclamation systems requires substantial capital investment even in a highly dense lean linear urban environment.
However, SOLARE tries to focus especially on the reduction of water usage by introducing a climate-controlled atrium for urban activity spaces and greenhouses for agricultural production.
Additionally alternative energy production systems certainly reduce the dependence on the more conventional energy production facilities such as power plants and/or oil refineries that consume substantial amounts of water for their industrial needs.
The residents also enjoy immediate access to recreational areas that feature bodies of water such as rivers and lakes within pedestrian reach or via other means of transportation.
The open agricultural fields are in close proximity to reusable treated water augmenting their irrigation needs. Water storages are located in the upper part of the SOLARE structure to give plenty of gravitational pressure for reliable water distribution system.
Depending on geographical location, desalination technology can be employed to optimize available water resources.
This report continues on 8/12/2009.