The Perfect Sustainable City with Eric Corey Freed
We hear a lot about sustainable building products, energy efficiency, sustainable construction and sustainable building architecture. But what about sustainable city and community design? You hear a lot of people complaining about their neighborhoods these days saying "There's nothing to do here at night," "I don't know any of my neighbors," "Everything is so far away from me." Our homes and neighborhoods have become a place where we go to sleep, and the community feeling that once existed in these neighborhoods rarely seems to exist any more. But our city and community planning doesn't seem to be changing.
We are subconsciously crying for a change, but why are we not making that change? One reason may be that sustainable design is very elusive. Many people don't ever use an architect or designer in their construction. They just rely on their contractor who has been building in the same conventional and unsustainable way for the last 10 years. According to Eric Corey Freed, an expert in sustainable design, another issue is that building professionals construct as quickly as possible to maximize profits. Quickly constructed city blocks that are built for profit are poorly constructed and are not filled with life and activity, and the American dream of the suburb with its large house and sprawling lawn has become a place where individuals are secluded and don't communicate.
So what can we do to change our current city and suburban design? What would constitute sustainable design? Eric feels that ideal sustainable design focuses on people and not buildings. In his opinion, an ideal city focuses on parks, cafes and other social gathering places and buildings and homes are designed around that. To find out more, watch our above interview with Eric, and contact Eric Corey Freed at Organic Architect.