Vandana Shiva, an internationally recognized Indian activist and philosopher, explains that planning for the human being rather than the automobile can liberate space and create community within a city. In her opinion, a sustainable city should operate as a self-reliant and self-sufficient cluster of villages.
Yes, I see Vandana Shiva speaks about a Village City, but I’m sure what she really means is a city of VillageTowns. This is like a kinder egg [a chocolate egg containing a small toy]; you get the best of three kinds of life in one. You have the intimacy of a village, the magic of the city, and a real influence like in a small town. A Village Town can of course also be a single, self sustained country town.
See the following five-minute talk where Claude Lewenz covers the core elements of a Village Town:
- Twelve Lectures On Architecture, by Nikos A. Salingaros. Online her
- The Tragedy of Suburbia
- Life and the Geometry of the Environment
- The Ancient Taberna in a Future World
- Integrated Design
- Let’s Make Our World Whole!
- Ignorance was bliss: How my urban learnin’ almost ruined everyday places
- Tenk om alle bodde i Oslo?
- Mest nøgd i små kommunar
[An earlier version of this article was] published at The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia on January 21, 2011
Author Øyvind Holmstad (Gjøvik, Oppland, Norway) writes:
“My life’s project is to help the best I can to spread the new architectural theories developed by Christopher Alexander and his companions. Further I want to implement the principles of the German term “Baubiologie,” and material ecology is one of my great interests. Third I want to make permaculture and permanent agriculture a natural part of all built environments.”