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URBAN SCALE AS HUMAN SCALE
Human Scale Development reappropriates our built environments for the proportions of man. As it stands, our environments are tailored for the automobile – a technology that is proving to be dangerous for the environment, and the populace. 50% of the modern American city is devoted to the car, while automobile usage amounts to 5-10% of the citizens day. Human scale requires a densely organized urban environment where the primary means of transportation is the human herself, aided with public mobility/transportation.
Urban growth boundaries are a common element of modern American city-planning, though they are often the result of efforts to protect remaining farmland and other rural or open spaces, rather than efforts to enhance the cities themselves. In Arcology, bounded density is understood as a means of protecting the environment, of course, but it is alsoso understood as a cornerstone of true urban design and living. Rather than sprawling outward toward a prescribed limit (which may still exceed the resource capacity of the actual environment), Arcology seeks to grow upward and inward.
By utilizing available technologies, such as passive climate controlling architecture; innovative water & sewage treatment systems; and sustainably sourced, green building materials; we manifest a lean alternative. Our design supports and propagates the reduction of material and energy consumption and an increased quality of life within an Arcology.
“Do more with less” is a fundamental Solerian axiom. The French might call it “briccolage” — something constructed from a diverse range of available resources. In an age of excess, our design seeks to craft space where the frugal utilization of material necessities cultivates beauty. An aesthetic in juxtaposition to rudimentary material affluence.
FOOD & ENERGY NEXUS
As property values warrant residential/commercial development in growing cities, farmland is pushed far away from the urban center. As a result, citizens are increasingly detached from where and how their meals are sourced. In the urban form of Arcology, the citizens are connected with the production of food in a way that confirms the necessity of robust agriculture systems.
(Proximity & Vibrancy)
In cities around the world, we empirically observe the benefits of combining functions and activities within urban space. Properties such as enhanced city safety, a vibrant sense of community, and utility efficiency all add up to a truly beneficial urban form. The crucial spaces within the city become shared, public spaces – accessible by all, respected in common, and vibrant with socialization, confrontation and growth. With mixed-use space, we acknowledge that the city can become much more than the sum of its parts.