Housing & urban design

Thoughts on the Oil Bubble

Alex Wilson, Environmental Building News

No matter when that peak occurs, though, the indisputable fact is that a few generations of humans—particularly we Americans—will have squandered a geological resource that took several hundred million years to accumulate.

archived September 18, 2004

Peak Oil: Suburbia’s looming fire-sale

Powerless NZ, Press Release

One of the reasons a great many people, policy makers and leaders find it impossible to face the issue of peak oil is because it challenges the very beliefs that we argue are a priori truths about industrialised western societies, without requirement for justification, our fundamental birth-rights.

archived September 13, 2004

New Zealand: Government about to make a monumental mistake

Powerless NZ, Scoop NZ

It is clear that policy makers, Government bigwigs, ostentatious self-promoting Mayors and general associated ignorami are about to make an error of monumental proportions. The mistake involves the gross misappropriation of public funds to build roading systems in Auckland and throughout NZ that in all likelihood will be empty of drivers early next decade.

archived August 12, 2004

California's SUV Ban

Andy Bowers, MSN Slate Magazine

Cities throughout California—the nation's largest car market—prohibit the heaviest SUVs on many of their residential roads. The problem is, they don't seem to know they've done it.

archived August 3, 2004

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Thomas Wheeler, MMN

In a fascinating new documentary, The End of Suburbia – Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, the central question is this: Does the suburban way of life have a future? The answer is a resounding no.

archived July 28, 2004

Five years of drought force Las Vegas to tear up its grass

Charles Laurence, The Telegraph, UK

The bulldozer roars, and bites into a patch of green grass in Las Vegas, the city once hailed for making the desert bloom.

archived May 22, 2004

Getting off the gas: Santa Fe group aims to heat city with wood

Andrew Webb, NMBW

Tesuque engineer Mark Sardella envisions Santa Fe's businesses and homes heated not by gas, not by coal, but by a source that went out of fashion, oh, about one and a half centuries ago -- wood.

archived January 11, 2004

Hydrogen to fuel WA's future

Hayden Lilienthal, Energy Review

WESTERN AUSTRALIA - State Development Minister Clive Brown has a bold new energy vision for Western Australia, yesterday outlining the potential for a green hydrogen economy.

archived January 15, 2004

In the Capital of the Car, Nature Stakes a Claim

KATE STOHR, New York Times via Infoshop

DETROIT- PAUL WEERTZ lives less than 10 minutes from downtown, but the view from his window is anything but urban. On a warm day this fall, the air was ripe with the smell of fresh-cut hay and manure. In the alley behind his house, bales of hay teetered and listed where garbage cans once stood. Chickens scratched in the yard, near a garage that had been turned into a barn. Mr. Weertz drives a Ford — not a sleek sedan but a rebuilt 1960 tractor.

archived December 3, 2003