The importance of integrated and surrounding agriculture
- Because of peak oil, localization of agriculture is a foregone
conclusion. One superb benefit of carfree cities is the amount of
open space around and between each of the districts. Indeed, even
within districts, courtyards could have urban gardens and shade
providing fruit and nut trees. One book that examines the
relationship of agriculture and sustainable cities is "CPULs -
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes" - Andre Viljoen (2006).
One could envision each district have a farmer's market day in a
central square, with easy access to/from surrounding fields. Perhaps
there might even be planting and harvest times where adolescents pause
their schooling to help in the fields. While not in the immediate
future, a return to animal traction (i.e., draft horses) is not
unthinkable. Collection of human wastes could be converted into rich
fertilizer, reducing even further the reliance on petro-chemicals.
Even people with balconies could have small, multi-layered "lasagna"
It's good to be back...
- Will wrote:
... While not in the immediate
> future, a return to animal traction (i.e., draft horses) is notPRODUCING biogas methane from animal (and possibly human) waste,
> unthinkable. Collection of human wastes could be converted into rich
> fertilizer, reducing even further the reliance on petro-chemicals.
agricultural waste etc is somewhat well-known, but what is less-known is
that the OTHER product of the process is solid matter, which is rich
It seems to be on the decline, but animal traction will increase in the EU
when Bulgaria and Romania join. Vegans/animal rights folks might object,
but I have heard great things about the efficiency of draft horses etc if
their wastes are also utilised. As far as "taxis" go, the clop-clop,
clop-clop of horses on cobblestones is a nice thing, but I am not sure
about the smell, and if it can be contained...
p.s. Finally Will, the carfree cities in "Carfree Cities" are just one
type (or series) of design, but I imagine all new ones will have lots of
green areas very nearby...
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