current massive rate of worldwide urban development offers an
opportunity to intrinsically adapt the urban form to meet the
challenges we are all now facing. It therefore becomes a matter of
determining the truly appropriate sustainable urban forms and offering
to the world another model than the 20th century
urban sprawl and functionally segregated zoning, which
countries like China or India seem at present too eagerly willing to
duplicate, as an avenue to misconceived "modernity" that is a dead end.
China goes as far as prohibiting the use of bicycles, in certain areas,
as too "old fashioned"!!!
is the time to experiment in the United States with new paradigms of
forms where pedestrian scaled mixed-use neighborhoods will make
use of clean and renewable solar energy.
design in a dense mixed-use neighborhood (sketch by JL Msika)
an effort to address the unsustainable nature of typical development,
the Sustainable City Project provides alternatives that demonstrate
fundamental improvements to existing proposals in working towards a
more sustainable New York.
We are setting up a multi disciplinary Sustainable
City Task Force open to motivated experts, citizens, stakeholders,
students, etc., to be equipped with the necessary resources to
establish detailed, sustainable urban form alternatives for some of the
major urban developed projects in the New York area. A community-based
process will be utilized.