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reconsider, redesign and reinvent the built
environment and its underlying principles of
economy and anthropology in conjunction with
the rules of ecology.
We should kick-start this ecological future
as soon as possible. Ecolution is healthy and
makes us wealthy. Billions of dollars will be
pumped into the renovation and upgrade of
the existing infrastructure. But we should take
that investment to change into decentralised
infrastructure, which is less expensive and, at the
same time, creates new future technologies. Cities
were always places of innovation.
Could you imagine walking along St Georges
Terrace in a garden landscape, between fish
ponds, sheep grazing under fruit trees, vegetables
growing on building facades and no noisy traffic,
just some electric golf carts? This could be a first
step to showcase ecolution and promote Perth.
AUDRC is working on three different missions,
which are related to ecolution on three different
scales. The smallest scale is the Perth metropolitan
area. How can we handle, in an ecological way,
rapid growth as well as affordable housing?
To deal with the growth scenarios, we are
focusing on intensification strategies. Our
proposition for the latter is a building expo.
This expo will create and exhibit buildings as
case-study projects for affordable housing,
which has to be competitive in the suburban
real estate market.
Our second mission deals with future cities in
the north of Western Australia. Special interest
lies in the mapping of location criteria and in
projections of economic growth. Cities are no
short-term camps. A long-term strategy should
strengthen Australia’s economical independency
and resilience. Therefore, in addition to the
resource-oriented primary industry, the north has
to produce manufactured goods in the secondary
and tertiary industry sectors.
This is challenging for a country with such
a high wage level. Hence the solution is the
promotion of innovations. Innovations are
the base of a healthy and independent industry
landscape and ecological cities as potential
innovation drivers. Wouldn’t that be an elegant
symbiosis – ecological cities creating innovations,
which support the economy of future cities?
Future innovation potential also offers our third
mission, which acts on a global level. The more
people living on the planet, the more food and
energy is needed. But we are already running
out of farmland. The 70 per cent surface of the
ocean is the only loophole. Therefore the task is to
build ecological cycles, or ecolution, which create
a surplus production of food and energy. They
must work in enclosed cycles so as not to pollute
the ocean. These kind of floating oases won’t
have the shape of ships or fixed platforms. The
required dimensions determine innovative shapes,
functions and techniques. Until now we have the
suspicion that food and energy production/storage
on floating objects is feasible, and ecologically
and economically worthwhile. We will continue
to work on these missions – to bridge the present
with the future and to realise our visions.
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