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Sustainable Cities: Smart Future, Meet Passive Past

Posted: January 1, 2014

In this article, author Antony Kisilo explains that sustainable cities are “organized so as to enable all its citizens to meet their own needs and to enhance their well-being without damaging the natural world or endangering the living conditions of other people, now or in the future.”

In order to think futuristically, its imperative that we look at the past. Kisilo states, “The reality is that there is nothing new under the sun. For example, our forefathers in my country Kenya utilized rammed earth, sun-dried mud and twigs for construction that had near zero embodied energy, used pit latrines as a waste management technology that recycled nutrients back to the soil, captured water from fresh springs, and swam in warm, clean and unpolluted lakes. People worked and lived with natural materials within their environment and gave back to the environment. Now that’s smart.”

He then posts the question, “Why is it so hard to get back to our roots and redesign around principles that have worked for centuries as opposed to experimenting with the lives of our future generations?” The proposed answer is this: a smarter population empowered by individuals can actually solve local city problems through local interventions.

To read the full article, visit http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/01/sustainable-cities-smart-future-meet-passive-past/

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