You will notice that each of these planned Eco cities is beginning to realize that they already have a series of problems that are much more difficult to solve than initially expected. The excitement to promote their specific project has blinded many groups to the harsh reality of creating these beautiful ‘intentional communities.'
What has also become increasingly clear is that the first Eco-cities are inhabited by higher middle-class people who can afford to live anywhere they want and who want to (insist) on the amenities of modern life in the upper-middle class. They can claim that they are green, but they want to ensure that their green choice also offers comfort, safety, beauty, and status.
Important issues for every Eco-City to tackle:
1. Providing locally grown food for the residents using aquaponics greenhouse design.
2. A safe place for people to live and work in the city or nearby in urban centers
3. Resilient and beautiful – beautiful and long-lasting with an emphasis on biodiversity
4. Jobs on the spot or very close so that residents can provide their families with bread
5. Eco-friendly transport within the community with cycling and walking paths and a low emphasis on cars and motorcycles. Possible use of trolley or rail.
6. Good water, energy, and waste management
7. Minimum management
Eco-Cities can be built, extended, and fed by addressing all these issues and making each of them a separate focus related to the overall installation.
The problems are discussed below in order of their impact on the overall plan.
Food: Here is the only area where most projects have a hard time with reality because most sponsor groups have no idea of the enormous efforts required to grow and create a constant food supply for a community of all sizes. There is a lot of talk about community gardens in every Eco-City group, and what most people do not understand is even in a communal garden; individual plots are the only way they will work.
Very often, when the idea of a ‘community garden’ or project is brought forward, the vision of hippie communes from the 60s and 70s arises and sets people off. Some people are willing to live and work in a community but do not ask them to donate their time or sweat to maintain it for others in the group.
Investigate the expression “tragedy of the commons” to see how well people in a community provide common property. (If you’ve ever lived in a private environment with a homeowners’ association, you’ll see the problems that occur when people have not lived up to their expectations, such as lawsuits, neighbors fighting, and vitriolic meetings to solve issues that need to be resolved are being treated.
Now for the real answers to this serious dilemma: Installing Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems (PFAS) using aquaponics greenhouse design to increase the number of green vegetables consumed on the spot, plus the tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and sweet peppers that everyone loves. The PFAS installations have a significant impact on providing an infinite food supply for the village. The PFAS is so effective in growing vegetables that there are only 30 square meters of space in the Grow Tray, enough to carry around every adult year and give them two fish fillets of 4 ounces each week for each protein.
Subsequently, each Eco-City can add a number of orchards, a piece of land for growing starchy food, and a component for the breeding of chickens, goats and whatever the residents want to consume – all within walking distance of the houses. Maybe even vineyards and berry spots are sought by people who want to take care of them.
Oh, wait, this means that these ‘cities’ must be quite small, like satellite cities or ecoburbs. Yes. Small is beautiful and feasible.
Sustainability: Today, the energy needed for an ecoburb can come from solar energy or other forms of energy production on location. The careful construction of the existing structures and facilities can reduce the total energy requirement of the project. Locating an eco boost in a warmer climate also helps. There must be a reliable, infinite water source on-site and all the water that has been recycled to the last drop. With today’s technology, this is very easy to achieve. By using building materials that have a very long life or are made from renewable sources everywhere, it means not using non-renewable sources or importing them.
Creating sufficient jobs for the residents in the ‘outside world,' or as teleworkers or constituents of components or meetings to have a fixed income, is just as important as having a constant food supply. All these items can be delivered today, and there must be easy access to markets and entertainment for the residents. Nobody wants to stay away from the country, away from ‘real’ shops, restaurants, doctors, dentists and all the other modern conveniences necessary for a good life.
Safe and resilient: safety can be designed because the Eco Burb is out of town (usually near large urban centers and cities), and there is no overt accumulation of wealth to attract looters, plus there are no roads to transport loot discourages them. The Eco Burbs are small enough so that people are always aware of their neighbors and the flow of pedestrians. All buildings have been built to withstand the worst weather and natural disasters in the area.
A ‘legal’ system that is guided by the idea: ‘If it is not strictly forbidden, it is allowed.’ There must be very little government or the government of any kind, in addition to security and building code requirements for safety. This unique aspect of people’s need for safety usually kills group efforts with the best idea, because if you’ve ever approached a homeowners’ association, you know what a group can do if you even give a touch of strength. Remember that it is safe to be safe from the belief and prejudices of the other occupant.
Beautiful and walking-friendly: The easiest to reach and this aspect of an Eco Burb is already being done all over the world. Fun and easy and affordable are easy to build in an Eco Burb. Portable Farms is a nutrient solution for Eco-Cities to produce their food.
There you have it.
The formula for a viable Eco Burb, where you can live, work, start a family, retire, buy properties, sell your property, join a community or become a hermit, and enjoy best that a small independent community has to offer.