Tuesday 20 February 2018


There is no regional plan so we must improvise with what we have, to make one. There are many high technological tools with which to act but no cohesive imagination to apply them toward truly interdisciplinary cooperation for such plan achievement. There are the people with specialized knowledge but they are truly separated into each of their personal patterns toward making a living.


Looking at a future Greater Bakersfield General Plan’s version is simply just as bad for not including ideas for Baker field’s citizens. The plan is like viewing a Castle and Cook TV commercial – glossy promises but no real changes. Imagine this evolving into a regional plan transformation that changes our current way of life from prosperity and individuality to living in a “green” balanced and calculated modeled future with objective numbers of “energy in versus gases out”. And fitted well into geographical place in our natural indigenous desert environment. Almost impossible!


The gist of the opposition to such a plan is that we have no idea of future city design visions. We are still limited to status quo land planning and transportation trends. Even a mere peek at viable and creative alternative plans does not seem to be available. Most facts and figures are in dispute. We are not telling each other the entire truth of how to move forward into designs for future settlements. So we must find the truth and fabricate a way to set some criteria to enable this to happen by offering the private and public sectors and citizens a tangible solution.


Opponents of urban design are not asked to display their visions. Nor for that matter are urban designers. We can’t suddenly say, “never mind” and pretend that we never have or never will be engaged for designing such new town and community edge places with a long-term view in mind. (20-25 years)


Urban designers therefore have no choice but to turn themselves into artists. This to offer future plans. Somehow we have to create a marketplace and build an educational and almost religious context for this to be accomplished amongst those with urban design visions. This we have not done as yet, even although cartoonists, comic book, science fiction and computer game illustrators have become a source of alternative futures. Working with dreams is far away from conversion to reality for habitats.


Infrastructure for example needs to have a complete makeover. How should we build in the future over and under the earth? While our past blunders have been costly, it would be a colossal burden to bear the consequences given an earthquake or any other catastrophic event. We cannot abandon at least the progress we have made in our realm of city building and not incrementally improve these situations into designing infrastructure for better service to mankind.


How to improve regional settlement design and be prepared with our individual professional expertise to complement integration with other disciplines is important. In order to help developers and government reduce these visual barriers by means sharing of social, cultural and economic information factors will become the challenge of this age.


The convergence of thoughts and actions together between all humans who are all involved with the complicated process of a new design for living together, must take place. Now this is a complicated task! However it is urban design first and that’s what we have forgotten and are missing in our culture of urban planning.


Graham Kaye-Eddie


Master Urban Designer             572 words                     9/11/07

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