Housing & urban design

Rethinking the Rust Belt

John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report

The fantasy that historical change can only continue in its most recent direction underlies many of the difficulties we face in making sense of the deindustrial are. Unthinkable as it may seem, the economic map of North America in 2050 might well resemble nothing so much as the equivalent map in 1880 -- a possibility that requires reframing many common assumptions about the shape of the future.

archived May 6, 2009

Solutions & sustainability - Apr 27

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Energy descent pathways - Post Carbon cities, Transition Towns and eco villages
New book: The Pocket Guide to Surviving the Next Great Depression
Beyond peak oil and climate change - a breakthrough (CO2 to methanol)

archived April 27, 2009

Housing & urban design - Apr 22

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Greening of the American Hard Hat
Why I retired to 'green' my detached 1970s house
Lessons Learned from the Development Boom

archived April 22, 2009

The end is near! (Yay!)

Jon Mooallem, New York Times (Magazine)

For a wide range of not-always-consistent reasons, people in Sandpoint decided that Transition could help them build the world they wanted. And now, only because enough people stepped forward and made that decision, Transition actually looked like a good tool for the job. They were picking it up by whatever handle they grasped. They were swinging it as earnestly as they could. (excerpts from an excellent article on the Transition Movement)

archived April 20, 2009

Transport - April 19

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Efficient drivers cut emissions, but stir up hot air
Status symbol of The Great Downtown: Dutch bikes
Couple making downtown freight deliveries by bike
$1.7 billion Brisbane airport expansion deferred as tourist numbers fall

archived April 19, 2009

The "peak oil disruptor" - 4 rules to address the "global energy transition"

Cam Burns, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

1) Don't invest in something that could become a stranded asset 2) Focus on strategies that reduce emissions and oil constraints 3) Have the highest energy productivity 4) Keep radical options open

archived April 19, 2009

Housing & urban design - April 19

Staff, Energy Bulletin

A shopping mall becomes a city
Australia: Urban sprawl is killing us, but there's another way
20-minute neighborhoods
Ecocities Emerging newsletter
Future proofing our homes and buildings

archived April 19, 2009

Food & agriculture - April 19

Staff, Energy Bulletin

TOD: Energy-conscious cuisine
Toronto exhibit highlights city dwellers growing own food
Beauty and the vegetable (insane EU regulations)
Organic White House garden puts some conventional panties in a twist

archived April 19, 2009

Peak oil - April 18

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Charles Hall in American Scientist: Revisiting the Limits to Growth after peak oil
Matt Simmons video
The "peak oil disruptor" - 4 rules to address the "global energy transition"
North Sea protection: U.K. oil industry seeks aid

archived April 18, 2009

The peak oil crisis: sustainability

Tom Whipple, Falls Church News-Press

There is more to the sustainability problem than just renewable energy, transportation and food - and that is our infrastructure. Large agglomerations of people living under reasonable conditions in the 21st simply cannot continue in a healthy, sustainable state without clean water, sewage, electricity, communications, a source of warmth and a transportation network to move life-sustaining supplies about.

archived April 16, 2009