One tale of two Cities:

It is worth remembering that urban environmental pollution was serious concern for citizens since the Industrial Revolution of the mid-18th and 19th Centuries.

Since the mid-20th century concerns have shifted away from the visible pollution of smoke towers and processing stations to invisible pollutants (Carbon Dioxide burden and Global Warming) that we only see the end visible results of rising sea levels, North and South Poles shrinking, rainforest decimation, and species of the animal kingdom becoming extinct.

We are still on the verge of mass environmental catastrophes, with a marked increase of flooding, tsunamis, hurricanes, fires and other ecological damage.

A fundamental shift in the mind set has already been achieved with successive generations taking up more responsible practices of using public transport, eating healthily, recycling, raising and sharing awareness of the multitude of plights that we all face and for others that we must take responsibility for.

Please click upon the adjacent diagram to enlarge that was produced in the 1970’s ‘Usborne’s Book of the Future’: what it defines as two possible futures (where we are in the present now) is of interest. For the utopia version cited back in the 1970’s sustainable technological requirements were in their infancy to produce viable solar cities and electric or hydrogen vehicles. In the present we have the innovations and practices to adhere to more sustainable methodologies – now it is just a question of common sense and stronger wills in manifesting greater sustainable practices!

50 House Project:

A fifteen year association with several professional landlords; totalling ownership in excess of fifty century old large houses for professional tenants. Long term work dealt with space constraints, water efficiency, water collection, localised flooding, breathability, greener living space,  energy sourcing, building constraints, domestic waste managements including drive to compost, C&D Waste reduction, social inclusion, building performance and improving old turn of the 19th century 1890’s housing stock and turning them in 21st century models of enhanced building standards.

Housing should not be seen as parasitic to the environment – yet contributory. Houses can help reduce flooding, sustain green spaces during droughts, become ‘soil invigorating centres’ and becoming ‘power houses’ (for electricity and heat) and establish symbiosis energy associations with the national grid for water and electricity. It should be stressed that many activities and process were undertaken with incredibly frugal budgets having to go out and collect hardware/resources and build from scratch at very low costs. This is a critical factor which is important now more than ever in a recession. A Davius report will be published shortly.

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