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Gaviotas – Colombian Sustainable Village

The Gaviotas Project in Columbia was started by Paolo Lugari because he knew that one day the population would rise so high that People would have live in the eastern wet desert region. He found was to sustain this community. He went to the University in Bogota to ask the students there to help him with his research. He found a tree which would grow there and has since planted 6 Million of these pine trees. The trees have brought birds which in turn have brought the rest of the forest within the seeds in their feces. Lugari and the people of Gaviotas have found that tapping the trees also bring resource to the community, something to sell in the marketplace. “Tapped like maple syrup, the natural resin is used in paints, cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines in lieu of petroleum-based substances. When distilled in Gaviotas’ pollution-free factory, its byproduct is marketable turpentine.” from Mother Jones

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Dockside Green

Model Community?
This one is pushing the envelope. This ‘Green Building’ uses biomass for fuel, and reclaims wasterwater on site. The website offers a lot: about the design. This is an Arcology, folks, in Victoria. Arcology, a termed coined by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, fuses the words Architecture and Ecology. The concepts of Arcolgy are: simplification, complexification, duration, miniturization, high-density, and multi-use buildings. Basically, everything you need in a walkable distance, within a closed system (or as closed as you can get these days). What helps to close this system, is the use of what is often called Permaculture: permanent agriculture, being used here in the form of biomass, wastewater reclaimation, wind and solar. Permaculture takes as much of the energy offered by the environment (sun, wind, water, methane), and seeks to keep that energy on site, creating a richer, and richer environment.
In Dockside Green, there is residential and office space, shops, a fitness center, artist live-work space, and a (kayak) dock. This is high end, as it is conveniently placed in an urban center, where land is expensive. For a much more affordable option, consider Arcosanti, Paolo’s Urban Laboratory, a city of 6,000 in the making.
One question remains: does Dockside offer rooftop access as Arcosanti does? There, every rooftop is accessible as a garden, a unique place above the city, or a way to get from one part of the city to another. If every rooftop were green. . . imagine the world.

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