- Hi Bradford, Elaine,
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- There are many things I admire about the bioneers, but in my own field they
touch on one of my pet peeves. The architects involved in the bioneers tend
to fall back on the Modernist cliches about the Zeitgeist and the Heroic
Genius architect. In other words, reinvent the wheel, and fix it even if it
More importantly, many bioneers are what might be called Unsustainable
Greens. This also relates to my field of town planning.
The conflict can be summarized by looking at the town where Ken Ausubel
lives, Santa Fe, New Mexico, where many people think being spiritual means
living on your own ranchito. Thus sprawl has come to the New Mexican desert,
which is bad enough in itself, particularly in the amount of water it wastes
in a desert climate. But even worse is that Santa Feans drive everywhere for
everything, and usually a long way in their gas-guzzling pickup or SUV. It
is because of behavior like this that we in the US use 1/3 of the world's
energy. Gas consumption is by far the largest item of consumption, and the
factor that distinguishes us from all other countries.
Some bioneers are Perma Culturalists, which is fine, except when your "Perma
Culture" is only supported by driving 1,000 miles a week in a vehicle
getting 10 MPG.