05 Oct '11, 2pm

Forget About a Dream House. Think About a Dream Neighborhood: (via @nickaster)

Alex Steffen gave a smashing opening keynote to the inaugural SXSWeco conference in Austin today, sharing a host of predictions on how sustainability might best be incorporated into a future society. Clean energy ? Nice, but it doesn’t stand a chance at meeting current, much less future, demand. What really matters? Redesigning, and in some cases re-building the built environment in which we live. Essentially this is about density. But lest folks fear they’ll be co-opted into some god-awful Hong Kong high-rise, what matters more is increasing the *average* density in which we live, not suggesting that everyone lives the same way. In other words, Steffen advocates building a few high rises here and there, acting like tent poles, that raise the general average among more or less traditional suburban and urban areas – all connected by walking, bicycling, and sensible transit....

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