Sydney, Australia is one of many cities that are having to consider their future sustainability with water shortage measures in effect and the prospect of building a desalination plant in order to keep enough water to continue the continuing city habitability.
Now the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has appealed to city stakeholders to come together and discuss the sustainability issues facing the city over the next 20 years. At the same time an ambitious proposal to build an eco sustainable city in Sydney’s White Bay area has been unveiled by Rafael Pizarro. a senior lecturer at the faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney.
The project, White Bay Eco-City, features mid to high-density solar districts, food and energy production areas, storm water run-off systems and a water recycling plant.
Residents in this new eco city would get around an internal public transport system consisting of a light tram grid and special roads for public GPS-guided ‘stackable’ mini-cars.
Food production not only happens in the designated spatial areas but on the roof-tops of buildings too.
Mr Pizarro says:
“Food production not only happens in a spatial district in most of the eco-city, but also on most of the rooftops of the buildings,” he said.
“We have created rooftop gardens where you can plant your veggies and in this way increasing the food supply for the eco-city while knocking out the cost and environmental impact of transporting food in and out.”
“The other major feature is public transportation.”
“We know that if we want to create sustainable cities, public transport is a must. So within this eco-city we have minimised, not eliminated completely, but have minimised the use of private vehicles.”
“We created an internal system of public transport with a small tram that goes around the city.”
“And the other system we have created, borrowed from an MIT professor who created these stackable mini cars that occupy literally very little space. They are guided by a GPS system, so you don’t need to drive them. You just punch in on the screen where you want to go.”