The City as Ecosystem

The question from the Masdar Sustainable Cities contest:

How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?”

Sustainable Cities of the Future
To borrow a phrase from the author William Gibson, linear society is dead – the news of its passing is just not widely distributed. That may sound hyperbolic, but it’s plain truth that always was and always will be. Cities can either drive the bus to the sustainable future, or they can take us off the cliff. There is no middle ground. There is no alternative.The “take, make, waste” model which my generation grew up with is woefully unsustainable. We’re running out of holes in the ground to store our waste in. We’re using up the earth’s bounty faster than it gets generated. Additionally,many still view the spewing of externalities into the wind as good business, but it’s time for a fresh perspective. (more…)