Friday 22 September 2017


Mobility for the common good of humanity has been the access corridor that allow pathways for pedestrian, horse, streetcar or automobile, as well as, ships on the ocean and aircrafts in the air. This is planned for and placed in our natural spatial environment to accommodate public movement, more so than anything else.

The mobility machines that we have created and moved onto the pavements to support these activities, have not addressed the life cycle of these mobility objects and support infrastructure in terms of an energy sources used and the resultant violent impact on our environment – other than from oil. Civilization now gathered predominantly in cities face oil scarcity and price inaccessibility.

The architecture of our living environments has to change radically so as to create a better living ecology of balance with Nature. The absolute fallacy of beginning with the idea that “green buildings” that can be placed “anywhere” is a beginning but in and of itself does not solve the assumption that transport will overcome distances as does our present status quo system consuming vast amounts of fossil fuels.

It is amazing that we still think of transportation in our service as only achieved by denuding fossil energy supplies that somehow will always be there for our use. Given the ridiculous attitude that we will just hybridize our vehicles to “plug in” to electricity without thinking of where and how that electricity is being produced is stunning. Why should we only power our mobility the old way to reach our scattered structures and the newer self conscious “Green Buildings”?

Let’s start with the architecture of balance between the rooting of “green buildings” in a specific range of structured density and clustered groupings to be supported by “green mobility” services that derives it’s energy from renewable energy sources, as much as do the “green buildings” we now attempt to construct.

This is an acknowledgement of Nature’s mystic ability to do so. Observe the amazing balance between the rootedness of plants and the mobility of animals. All parts compliment one another and are arranged in patterns determined by internal functions and in reciprocal relationships to both between living and inert things in their environment and reach.

Architects and urban planners should observe Nature’s completeness and respect the facts that there is a distinct relationship of “part for the whole and whole for the part”. The whole ecological system of Nature’s balance then with human intelligence is demanding that we not place such a heavy footprint on earth for drawing material resources to use in shelters and for mobility. Both distance and proximity is therefore far more important for reducing consumption of energy in getting from place to place.

A connection between both high and low speed movement therefore becomes critical for both people and goods. Nature does this beautifully and most effectively in terms of energy efficiencies. Building things close together where one can walk and ride on alternative means of transportation to access all the things we humans need inside well designed community settlements should be “just around the corner”.

Settlement urban design depends somewhat on the determinants of climate, topography, sunny and rainy days, solar orientation and useful earthly resources close at hand. Interwoven in the “sustainable urban design” is the balance of “green” spaces and connections that interlace open space seamlessly from recreational parks, creeks, streams, rivers, pastures, agricultural lands, plantations to forests and thence into the natural environment surrounding the chosen land for the city.

The flows and capacities measures of understanding the “inputs” of air, water, food/fiber, communication and energy for basic individual human needs under shelters thus collected into settlements have been miscalculated for energy efficiencies. Similarly the “outputs” from each individual in terms of solid, liquid and biomass waste has been miscalculated from which many recycled elements can be re-cycled, re-formed, as well as, used to create alternative energy from the “waste-up.”

Transporting people and goods horizontally and vertically takes energy calculations for our escalating electricity needs. This knowledge has been written about and calculated for our astronauts missions into Space, but has not been seriously investigated here on Earth.

The sustainability city is an organic 3-D living complex occupied by a population that is continually in flux. The mobility requirements for moving a cubic foot of mass against air and gravity using the least amount of energy input will be the most important challenge of our time.

Graham Kaye-Eddie
M.U.D. 8/31/09 693 WORDS

A regional, general or specific urban design for good habitation must
balance with NATURE for more than just freezing action or detaching the plan
from context and sequence.

Graham Kaye-Eddie M.U.D.

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