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Date Posted:09/28/06 3:09 Author Host/IP: 222-152-194-223.jetstream.xtra.co.nz/184.108.40.206
The patch-work approach to city-planning and the helter-skelter freak-outness after natural disasters.
The Social Invention:
Natural disasters are a part of reality in this world, and it seems that when a populace of and area loses their homes, they are likely to have a difficult time financially and spiritually, as they can no longer fulfill their basic needs enough to concern themselves with the needs of others.
I live in America, and I haven't seen much else of the world, so I don't know how much the following comment applies, but: the housing around here is boring, unoriginal, and alienating. These qualities seem to be difficult to escape, largely because there is a lack of large-scale planning.
Creative plans are out there, plans for entire communities with communal gardens and no need for cars exist, but no one builds them.
I think that one of these experimental communities should be built, knowing that it will go to use when the next natural disaster hits. Habitation will of course be volunatry, so if people are too stubborn to leave their soggy stuff, then they don't have to, but there will be an option to try living in a community which doesn't have much stuff at all, but rather a clever design which encourages self-sustainability and community.
If it works out well, then we can build another one.
I would like to see a community built that would have a sound-proff apartment for every family, and a market spot for every apartment, so that if you live there, you have the right to display whatever you want to the community in your "public" spot near the commons.