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Healing the City

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HEALING THE CITY 2020 – 2050
In search of an Ecological Utopia

Master dissertation studio, academic year 2020-21, Ghent
Tutor: Luc Eeckhout (Climate Design https://www.facebook.com/Climate.Design.Kul.Gent.Brussel/)

  1. SUMMARY:

We urgently need new future prospects.
A collective ecological utopia that we can believe in together.

A view of a better, healthier and safer environment for all of us.

Do you dare to search for this ecological utopia?

Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it’s natural to dream of a utopian world in which these problems are no more – in fact, people have been doing it for centuries.

The Conversation – utopia isn’t just idealistic fantasy

https://theconversation.com/utopia-isnt-just-idealistic-fantasy-it-inspires-people-to-change-the-world-11896

HOW DO WE WANT TO LIVE
in respect with our planet?
this simple question remains unanswered

HOW DO WE WANT TO LIVE
in respect with our planet?
we look for possible answers and design our own livable future

  1. Research and Design

A vision for the future arises from specific research. Research points to today’s urgent questions. The solutions show us the path to tomorrow.

Do you dare to research for a better future?

THE ABSENCE OF MAN
man seems to have left nature
he fails to live with nature

THE ABSENCE OF NATURE
man seems to have left nature
he lives in a petrified world, separate from nature

WE NEED NATURE
nature is part of the solution
the absence of nature
in the way we work is the problem

THIS PLANET GIVES US EVERYTHING
we never give back
we need a regenerative culture

THE CLIMATE CITY
less city, more nature,
the city becomes nature

  1. The Ghent Principles

In this studio, we work within a clear framework, by applying the Ghent Principles, we change possible solutions.

The Ghent principles will make your ecological utopia future proof.

Start by studying the 10 principles.

#1  Start the future now: learn, innovate, experiment

#2  Create the new healthy default for 2040

#3  Strengthen the commons, move from me to we

#4  Put nature first – nature becomes the key player

#5  Interconnect your project with the urban fabric

#6  Create proximity and design super locality

#7  Plan change, design for the future

#8  Encourage function mix and mixed use

#9  Close cycles and avoid waste

#10 Create a cascade of positive impact

  1. Examples of an Ecological Utopia

Existing utopian examples show us the way.

They tell us that we must dare to think radically and innovate.

We are looking for ways to do things differently, especially

for daily needs such as energy, water, food, mobility.

  1. Links, Books, Articles

It is not possible to succeed without your personal research and without building your personal vision. So, start your research today. It will change your life and your vision of life forever.

For all links + books read the pdf

Wikipedia Utopia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia

Thomas More – Utopia / free download
https://manybooks.net/titles/morethometext00utopi10.html#

Utopia as a driver of social change and as a source of inspiration for innovation in science and technology. https://www.utopia500.net

BBC Culture – How Utopia shaped the world:
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20160920-how-utopia-shaped-the-world

The Good Place? Tracing utopia and dystopia through literature
https://blog.europeana.eu/2020/06/the-good-place-tracing-utopia-and-dystopia-through-literature/

The Conversation – Imagining both utopian and dystopian climate futures is crucial – which is why cli-fiis so important: https://theconversation.com/imagining-both-utopian-and-dystopian-climate-futures-is-crucial-which-is-why-cli-fi-is-so-important-123029

The Conversation – Utopia isn’t just idealistic fantasy – it inspires people to change the world
https://theconversation.com/utopia-isnt-just-idealistic-fantasy-it-inspires-people-to-change-the-world-118962

Curbed – What I learned from a year in utopias – 2019 saw a flood of interest in idealized ways to live. But to what end? https://www.curbed.com/2019/12/23/21032132/failed-utopias-2019-nice-try

Future scenarios for an (un-)built environnement.
https://www.desiredspaces.be

Singapore 2219 Superflux https://www.fastcompany.com/90454568/step-inside-an-apartment-from-the-climate-change-ravaged-future

Luc Eeckhout – Climate Design
luc.eeckhout@kuleuven.be
architect – urban planner, guest lecturer KU Leuven
Climate Design https://www.facebook.com/Climate.Design.Kul.Gent.Brussel/

 

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On the studio 2019-20

HEALING THE CITY Master dissertation studio, academic year 2019-20,Ghent Tutor: Luc Eeckhout Healing buildings for a resilient city A local answer for a global world. Regenerative design for a resilient city CLIMATE DESIGN Adaptive design and planning for the era of climate change. Image: Arrhov Frick Stockholm – Multifunctional project View the complete presentation here.

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