Currently our urban design and development practices work within the framing of modernism, which positions humans at the centre of existence that prioritises the status of objects and operates through the technology of machines. The processes engaged by modernism involve the simplification of systems to command their obedience, without any ideological commitment to return something in exchange for their servitude.
Agreed. We are in an ecological crisis now. With cities now housing the majority of humanity and with global population still climbing towards 9m within decades - we are facing the further, imminent, perhaps terminal degradation of Gaia, the Earth’s biosphere.
There is however, a way to rapidly inculcate “deep ecology” into the DNA, the collective consciousness, the dynamical information, energy/matter flows of society.
City ecologies and forms (as “condensates” of those flows) will inevitably follow.
Our new classical-scale Theory of Everything, the Asynsis principle-Constructal law must be urgently assimilated into the legal checks and balances of our civilisation - this law of feedback and self-regulation must lead here, not follow.
Judicial compulsion is the only answer now as the voluntary, CSR approaches, after the failures of Rio+20, are simply not going to work quickly enough.
Law of Nature 2B Law of Man solution 4 Rio+20 SustDev goals. We, in short - need to take out our collective, democratic big stick to add legal force to the incentivising carrots we currently, largely rely on. Here’s how: we make the right to sustainable development a fundamental human right and enforce it with a Carbon-Tobin tax led by direct polling electorate/consumer feedback. http://www.facebook.com/AsynsisSustopiaInitiative