Monday 22 January 2018


The purpose of urban design is to believe in every individual’s everyday contribution for centuries of influence for city development of Earth.

The village, town, and city although in perpetual motion freeze urban footprints for hundreds of years with service networks of mobility and green corridor spaces. For thousands of years, humanity has inscribed and passed on oral traditions of the history of the world.

“From a Babylonian priestess named Ennigaldi-Nanna organized, translated, cataloged and categorized hundreds of artifacts from excavations across Mesopotamia. Priests from Ur visited Sumerian sites such as Eridu – whose earliest temple ruins date back at least to the 5300s BCE, lending Eridu its reputation as the first planned city ever created.” (The Strange Continent by Ben Thomas)

It is an explicit acknowledgment that these texts would be curiosities for other civilizations, hundreds or even thousands of years in the future. Future citizen-leadership has a responsibility to achieve such recordings with “Geoscopes.”

The USA is a youthful republic built on a continent that many of its people do not fully grasp the concept of a distant past or future. Our socio/cultural aspects are infantile and mixed with temporal inconsistencies. Only when one discovers some reality of the past can one fully recognize the fragility of the present – and plan in earnest for the sake of far-distant days yet to come.

Yet, for every significant “industrial” enterprise in human history, the individual vision comes first. It is the launching pad. The energy and inspiration of one person are the things without which nothing happens. For past generations, abandoning qualified visions and work has been all but synonymous with quitting urban life.

An urban design project doesn’t shy away from the cruel truth that old age entails a shrinking of one’s world but it seeks to ameliorate the worst indignities of that city building process. Inventing concepts, inserting ideas requires providing powerful tools to lift new insights for city implementation.

The design of today’s transportation systems, buildings, and other infrastructure will largely determine tomorrow’s CO2 emissions. “But by building (CITY-SMART RATHER THAN) climate-smart urban infrastructure and buildings, we could cut future emissions in half from 2040 onwards. We could reduce future emissions by ten gigatonnes per year: almost the same quantity currently being emitted by the United States, Europe and India put together (11 gigatonnes).” (Shobhahar Dhakal Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Technology Disclosure statement)

Two assessed criteria; – “1.0 the emissions savings following upgrades to existing infrastructure; 2.0 emissions savings from using new, energy-efficient infrastructure were used in the study.” The findings discovered that the highest potential is offered by the construction of new, energy-efficient projects from the beginning. The annual reductions that could be achieved by 2040 by using new infrastructure are three to four times higher than that of upgrading existing roads (rails, airports, seaports) or buildings. Zero-emissions transport will be essential to achieve our climate goals. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

The study recommends, “We must give up on our obsession with megacities. Without building proper capacity in mid- and small-sized cities to address climate solutions, we cannot meet our climate goals.” The conclusion is “Only if we start with cities, big and small, will we manage to limit warming to 1.5°C.” Starkore City answers this with a practical solution.

So, therefore, this acknowledgment above about an urban design plan for an earnest future must go one step further into citizen-leadership decision-making for any kind of success. Why is it that the present form of top-down government still exists when it is not working to save humanities self-destruction causes and results on Earth?

The greatest challenge and the heart of the matter is a new Eco-City-State for urban design. One must openly reorganize democracy into a form that has the capability of a citizen-government partnership.

The capability evaluating internal assessments and external consequences with measured grades for city growth and change will determine ecological habitat harmony. What is more than this democratic shift as a prime purpose for humanities survival on Earth?

Graham Kaye-Eddie
m.u.d. 8/8/17 662 words

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