I remember reading a headline a short while ago from India, and it read “World’s First Billion Dollar Home”. I must admit my disbelief … how could anyone spend one billion dollars building a house, this seemed unimaginable, until I read the number of floors, the ninety plus staff, the two helipads plus plus plus … the description was endless.
Then I thought, was it a typo, they said the home was in India, a third world country, a country where class distinction and even slavery are still very active, where millions of people are crammed into very poor unhealthy conditions, and where clean water, sanitation and education are in very high need!
But today we are so much more connected than ever before, and, regardless of our background or where we live we are able to reach amazing heights of success if we design it that way.
Did you know that the vast majority of cities around the world were designed before electricity or the automobile, and before thousands of other inventions. These cities and all their buildings, sewers, water mains and streets no longer serve 21st Century man. They are indeed preventing the abundant future from coming into reality.
As an engineer I was taught that it costs pennies to make a change on the drawing board, thousands of dollars to make the same change during construction, and it can cost hundreds of thousands to make the changes later on, once it is built.
A future that is not only possible now, but is highly feasible with major benefits for everyone.
Is the past serving them, or is it draining them of their energy and hopefulness? Is it keeping people in “their place”, busy with inefficient tools for living life fully, feeling exhausted and becoming resigned?
There are many attempts at “Designing A Better Future” as seen in this recent development of 199 * 6 Star Energy Rated apartments in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Built over a contaminated site, with passive solar design and solar hot water the apartments are small, and have many design faults that should have been avoided. The west facing apartments become like a furnace in the hot summer afternoons, while the south facing inner apartments get no sunshine at all. The central courtyard acts like a chimney for inner facing apartments, with many complaints heralding from passive smoking, bar-b-qing, and noise. Hardly an abundant lifestyle, the apartments were built to provide low cost high density living without a lot of social consideration; the lack of any form of community room is testament to that.
Buckminster Fuller had undertaken the solution by artifacts (by design) of the world’s housing crisis as far back as the 1930’s … and one of his designs was called “Old Man River Project”.
Some 2,500 high quality apartments of around 200m2 each, and all facing outwards from a central service / commercial / recreation space. These apartments stood out over 40 stories providing views of the surrounding landscape that only the wealthy in California had previously experienced.
In Buckminster Fuller’s classic book A Critical Path (C 1980) he talks of how we must demolish the old real estate, the streets, water and sewer lines and especially yesterday’s no longer logical overall planning geometries … in other words we need to rebuild from scratch.
In a very similar way Your Healthy Planet.com is a new, planned advertising cooperative designed for the abundant reality that we are now living in. Very few people are aware of the abundance surrounding them and ‘drive right past it’.
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