Last week we were at the Ecocity World Summit in San Francisco. We heard speakers from all over the world give their ideas and updates on reforming our cities. Jaime Lerner from Curitiba, Brazil as well as speakers from the US, Australia, India, Senegal, China, Egypt, France, Iran, Turkey, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Korea, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nepal, Belgium, Denmark and more.
Two main ideas from the conference were:
Traffic acts like a Gas, not a Liquid: Winning independence from automobiles is not only possible but necessary. While planners are taught to think of traffic as a liquid that will overflow its boundaries if enough room isn’t provided for it, in fact people are discovering it acts more like a gas. Expand the space by building more roads and freeways, and traffic simply expands to fill it. Restrict the space, by making car-free areas downtown, replacing auto lanes with bus lanes, bike-paths and greenways, and traffic is reduced.
Making Cities Permeable to Nature has many Benefits: Eco-grids, green facades, wildlife corridors, integrated agriculture, natural water treatment systems, and increased park space are all proving to be cost effective ways to improve health, reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, control stormwater run-off, foster community, reduce sprawl, decrease energy needs, and improve the quality of life in our cities.
You can start by getting your FREE TREE in NYC this Saturday, May 10. Go to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket at the Brooklyn Prospect Park NW Entrance. First come, first served!
Green Drinks at Varnish Wednesday, May 7th for Happy Hour.
University of California Berkeley and Stanford University Present a Conference on Clean Solar Energy. Wednesday, May 7th from noon to 7pm.
Stopwaste.org is having an event on Friday, May 9 in conjunction with Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). For more info: contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Partnership@StopWaste.Org.
Pangea Day: See the World Through Other’s Eyes
Saturday, May 10. Champagne Brunch at 10:00 a.m. Film at 11:00 a.m. Celebration at 3:00 p.m.
Architecture for Humanity. 848 Folsom Street, Second Floor
24 short films, inspiring speakers and musicians. Join us for this worldwide simulcast event and see the world through other’s eyes. Notes: The setting is open and casual, so you are free to come and go as you please. Floor seating, so please bring pillows!!!
Here’s a Cool Project: San Jose 100 Year Climate Clock
The Climate Clock Global Initiative is seeking ideas from artist-led teams to create a major artwork entitled Climate Clock, which will measure changes in greenhouse gas levels, and be the first in a series of global projects calling attention to climate change. Climate Clock will be an instrument of long-term measurement and will collect data for 100 years. The artwork will be located in downtown San Jose, California, Silicon Valley’s city center, and will be a collaboration between an artist-led team composed of artists, international and Silicon Valley engineers and other creative professionals who are working with climate measurement and data visualization. It is anticipated that the budget for the construction of Climate Clock will be between $5 and $15 million, depending upon the scope of the final proposal.
The Deadline is this Friday, May 9, 2008.
Have a great week!