From OIL AGE financial crisis, to sustainable communities + COP 15

October 30, 2008

Now that the flawed financial system has taken its first fall due to absurd reliance on endless cheap energy, and the financial crisis has hit and is hitting further, now that the climate camp movement is growing, now that we are preparing for COP 15 in Denmark (cop15 call out + The Other call on COP – Nov 30 ’09 global day of action: 10 year aniversary from N30 @ Seattle), …

Id like to pass on healthy ideas that are moving about: that now is the time to build truly sustainable communities and cities.

As eco city guru Richard Register recently said: Build out, don’t Bail out. Ecologically tuned cities are the answer.

Problem: Our recent oil dependance has got us into a lot of trouble!

Hubberts secret: We are running out of oil!

Watch M King Hubbert explain the importance of this graph on this video from 1976

Oil age in terms of Irish Stout. 1900, 2000, 2100 – Colin Cambell

Watch Colin Cambell explain it on The Oil Age – A Turning Point for Mankind

view a powerpoint presentation of his here

We`re consuming 5 times more oil than we`re discovering

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The Botanic Spine : A Greenway and CPUL for Dublin (eco)city

November 15, 2005

THE BOTANIC SPINE: an 18 km long orbital linear park that threads through the city of Dublin, a series of pocket parks,  some existing, some proposed.

Vision: To create the botanic spine, an 18km orbital eco corridor/ greenway for dublin city. A green thread that connects up a series of pocket parks, organic food gardens, local amenities, cities waterways and a new city metro underground.

View A3 PDF of concept here.

View full architectural Thesis “Catalyst @ Botanic Spine“, in 2 parts here 1 | 2

Dublin inner city has historically been defined as that land which lies inside the two city canals. Recently that sense of city has been lost, this project aims to remind the city of its lost identity.

The Spine acts as an eco corridor and greenway that threads together the 6 existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park (Europe’s largest city park) and the Botanic Gardens, which serves as the brain of the network that uses the spine as a constant feedback loop to output ecological projects and thinking into the wider city. The Botanic Gardens become the Dublin node in a global ecological system, greening the city, improving plant and animal life along green corridors, raising awareness and getting citizens involved with exciting eco initiatives.

The Spine is also a CPUL (continuous productive urban landscape) with a series of organic food gardens along it. The Spine mimics somewhat the structure and function of the human spine: a network of different systems flowing through the spine; plant and animal life, people, water, cycle route, metro line, digital info, hurling fans heading up to Croker for the big game?


View Botanic Spine detailed plan PDF here

The Architecture, Urbanism and Art of Duncan Crowley

Read that eco city idea is starting to take off in china

Have your say in the botanic spine communication space


Heres what the land around Drumcondra could look like:

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