2193Re: [arcology] Initiative
- Jan 4, 2003Energy and enthusiasm -- which you obviously display -- is not a bad thing,
and I empathize with your impatience. Hang in there, Eric.
Here's how I see it:
The web site will be like our store front. When we open a web site it means
we are open for business and should be able to handle the flow of inquiries
that we want to generate. One of the first things anyone will want to know
is our proposal: what are we doing; why are we doing it; what are we asking
of the visiting public; what does the proposed project look like? Et cetera.
To address this last item, we need pictures, plans, graphics and models.
But before we can generate form, we need to know certain basic things, like
how big is the structure, meaning, how much space (square/cubic footage) is
necessary to accommodate all the facilities required of a town to grow
(presumably) from roughly 20,000 to roughly 100,000 population.
My degree is not in architecture so I don't know if there is a ready
reference for how much space is required for the supporting functions for
towns of growing size. If there is, it will save us some time -- can anyone
supply such a reference? If not, then I suggest the following next step
that will yield that information:
I propose we generate a questionaire(s) and format for field research that
will allow us (those who may be interested) to gather the required data
from people and agencies within our own towns, as appropriate. I live in a
town of between ten and twenty thousand. I will want to make appointments
to interview various people in my community: the Mayor; the Dean of the
university; the Police Chief; the Fire Chief; the Manager of the waste
treatement plant; the head(s) of water and power; the person in charge of
public works; the Postmaster; the President of my local Chamber of
Commerce; numerous business owners; and so on.
I will want to ask them how much square footage they currently require, is
it enough, what do they project, etc. I would like to know what their
energy demands are (except that I may be able to get that information in
gross numbers from the power company). I want to hear what they all have to
say about providing for growth. What are our space requirements at the
start and how much facility will we ultimately need to provide?
I want to hear from those on this list who are interested in helping with
this survey in their own locales. Let's formulate a comprehensive
questionaire that will get us the data we need to proceed to the next step,
that is, to a rough overall size for the structure. It's important to know
what the program is in order to design the thing.
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