Built environment

The built environment is a field where some of the most drastic changes will be needed. Currently, building materials leave a large environmental footprint, and cement and tar-dominated infrastructure puts a severe limitation on the opportunities for plant and animal life to exist within cities. This infrastructure furthermore disrupts natural cycles, like the water cycle, and is a key contributor to the urban heat island effect.

In a compostable and ecologically restorative city, building materials need to change. The good news is that there are various technologies - ancient and modern - that provide promising alternatives to explore. Wooden skycrapers or buildings made from mud come to mind. Some key questions to think about include the following:

The built environment is directly linked with the transport and energy sector. To discuss and suggest ideas around infrastructure for these other sectors, please use the corresponding pages.

Ideas and resources

We are looking for ideas and resources in the field of Built environment that may enable a city to adhere to the Triple 95 rule. Please help out!

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The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings
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Anna Heringer Strong arguments for using mud as a building material.
Emergency shelters made from paper
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Shigeru Ban Great example of cardboard/paper being used as a building material!
Why we should build wooden skyscrapers
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Michael Green Encouraging talk that explains that building large buildings from wood may be quite feasible.


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