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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/analysis/2594123.stm

My first article is very general, BBC is very good to explain this word “Utopia”. They explain how past utopia’s have come to a being a big failure. A lot of films show the future as a fake utopia (Divergent, Hunger Games, The Giver). Characters with good ideas but don’t make it work. Filmmakers show how hard it is to create a perfect world without putting people in categories, boxes.

 

One of my biggest worries is exactly that, trying too hard. My fear is that I won’t be able to make everything work and at the same time please the people there. Humans are very complicated. If I was the creator of an actual city, I would avoid at all cost being seen as the evil character of a dystopia.

 

http://earthship.com/Systems/water

 

This article talks about a solution for one of the most important problems in creating a ecotopia. For them, the best solution would be to contain the rainwater in tanks and then filter it. The first use is used in a conventional way (bathing,washing dishes…). The water is used and cleaned for the second time in interior botanical cells. The toilet flush is the third use of the water. After the toilet, the water is contained and treated, and used a fourth time in exterior botanical cells.

 

To make sustainable hot water, the water is heated with the sun and natural gas. The sun heats the water and the natural gas water-heater only turns on if the water is not hot enough. This is called “gas-on-demand” water heating. These are the easiest solutions known in our generation. I am sure that in a couple of decades better and stronger answers for these complicated questions.

 

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160321-seven-ways-the-driverless-car-will-change-your-life

 

One of the biggest question everybody asks me is about transport. It seems easy but infact it is not that simple because it needs to suit everybody (children, moms, seniors). My first thought was that bicycles would be the best idea, it is sustainable, easy to ride and cheap. But then, somebody made me realise that you can’t carry anything bigger that a handbag and also that it is not very good for old people. I did some research and found this article.

 

This article talks about how driverless cars will change our lives. An idea popped in my mind. What about these cars? Would this work? It would suit everybody and it is sustainable. The problem is the price. These cars are the a new expensive thing, so how could the city pay for all of these? Should these be more buses than cars? All of these are questions I need to figure out but I think this is the transport that will be in my “ecotopia”.

 

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160311-how-many-people-can-our-planet-really-support

 

Now this article is more complicated. It is less involved in my topic but I thought it was a good article and I can make it relate to my project. Overpopulation, is a big problem and is one of causes of global warming and climate change. The politicians ignore it and don’t pay attention. It is not the number of people on the planet that is the issue but the number of consumers and the scale and nature of their consumption.

 

My city is an “Ecotopia”, how many people should consist it? Nobody knows the answer. I would have to do experiments during the years but I don’t have the years to do these experiments so this would have to be a question with a question mark as an answer for now.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/politics_show/7449006.stm

 

My final article is about a existing utopia in one of the suburb of the city Freiburg in Germany. Energy is generated by solar panels and wood chip burners and people live in low energy “passive” houses.

Car ownership is a disgrace to the point of being actively discouraged and recycling is practically a religion. It is currently home to around 5,000 people and 600 jobs.

 

“Anybody who has followed the eco-town debate in the West Midlands will be struck by the similarities between the Vauban project and what’s being proposed at Long Marston in Warwickshire and Curborough in Staffordshire – and 13 other sites across England.”

This means that there’s a lot of these “green utopia” are going to be built within the next years. The Vauban project is one of my few models for my own project. It is one of the only areas where it is not too expensive to live there. That is also one my problems, having to find a good cost.  

1 Comment

  1. Thank you, Emma. I enjoyed reading your description of these articles, and also how you related them to your own project. You found some interesting pieces, and what was also interesting was how you discovered the obstacles to creating a utopia. It is not an easy feat!

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