Thursday 24 August 2017

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AS IT SHOULD BE FOR THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

How does the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint and the San Joaquin Valley Partnership write the scripts for the future? Their current agendas and minutes are meticulously written and broadcast. If only there was some refreshing self-depreciation and self-awareness were revealed.

How many of our organizations are willing or able to make public our slightest imperfections on our urban regional planning projects, technologies employed and other decisions that have gone awry?

If one considers a little current City research and design currently moving towards the creation of sustainable communities one would rapidly discover the merging of old and new concepts. On the other side of the status quo coin of government lead normalized with charrettes and public meetings we find solutions in the private sector where Regional and City Designs are being put into place around the world. This is a response to reality.

The people required to get City Design accomplished are drawn from a variety of interdisciplinary experiences. The fields of interest are many. Planning for People (Alternative Population scenario creation); City Urban Design (thirteen urban design integration principles); Sustainable energy management (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydro, Natural Gas, Ocean Wave, Biomass Conversion, Fossil Fuel); Cultural planning (Educational, Business, Technical, Ecumenical); Waste stream management (Solid, Liquid Waste Reduction, Renewable energy production); Economic, Business and Financial planning (Macro and Micro value stability in monetary exchange for labor); Socio/Anthropological development (Community Hierarchy, Social Rights, Beliefs, Customs, Tourism, Annual Events); Architecture (Sustainable building structure design); Infrastructure (Water, Power Distribution, Mobility Provisions, Communication Internet, Manufacturing, Agriculture – soils, Mineral Resources for construction such as pumice, lime, shale, clay, silica); Landscape Design (New Forestation, Wildlife and Species Management); Environmental Scientist (Ecology, Biota Resources).
What is the cross section of people profiles engaged in both the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint and the San Joaquin Valley Partnership? A mix of people is organized in Committee Divisions such as Air Quality, Water, Farming, Health, Transportation, Land Use, Energy, Education and Legislation. What’s missing City and Regional Design that fuses all the relevant thoughts of the participants! That is the appropriate practical application into a physical plan as a model outline.
Instead of accepting the fact that Californians are now flooded with new technologies being applied to “Green Building” we are nervous of quantifying our choices in electricity generation, transportation means and city structure footprints for “City Building”. Every technology deployment renders a transformation. Cities have been slow to accept bold new ideas in the metrics of household factors that will be unleashed in the art of new “City Design”.
If we examine the City from a waste up approach we will realize that households need new performance features in their dwellings and communities. These technology integrations in villages should provide new revenues and efficiencies that subdue old costs of infrastructure and provide useful and necessary open space adjacencies.

There are going to be communication challenges as well as failures and triumphs. Our biggest mistakes are runaway, ill conceived and improperly planned projects. We have to learn the missteps, foibles and blunders in order to make corrections.

After all we are human and somehow we must accept sketched ideas to form a cornerstone for creating better cities for the San Joaquin Valley. Hopefully these efforts will be in harmony with Nature from the ground up.

Graham Kaye-Eddie

M.U.D. 501 words 10/29/08 Revised 10/31/08

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