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Asia Points the Way to Sustainability, IoT Use

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/14/2014 6:15:41 PM
User Rank Burgher
Built for the area
Scott, are they incorporating designs to suit the climate and materials naturally used in those areas? For example, do they fortify against typhoon, rain storms, etc..... I know the area is large so each division may have different requirements.

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/14/2014 2:52:07 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: The Human Scale
@Toby, @Kim, @Pablo: So if we wanted to take this conversation to the next level, if you had the information that IoT is able to provide, what you you do to ensure some of the mistakes of the past weren't repeated here? If we have more data than ever, why can't we put it to better use?

Toby
Toby  
7/14/2014 8:09:38 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: The Human Scale
@pablo, good observations. It seems that the world's developing cities are still playing catch up with an already failed model of urban planning and architecture. Isolationism in modern life is the root of so many social issues. How will it play out in Asia?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
7/11/2014 11:20:38 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: The Human Scale
This is a theme we're going to hear again and again, Pablo.  Creating efficiencies at the expense of liveability is repeating the mistakes of the '60s and '70s.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
7/11/2014 11:09:42 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: The Human Scale
Scott, in the documentary they speak about existing cities, new developments and the current plans for cities such as Dhaka, where the Wolrd Bank is financing massive investments in road infrasttructure to have more cars. The residents are opposing it because it will destroy their communities and way of life.

Here is a quote from Jan Gehl:

"In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing. It is more and more important to make the cities inviting, so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and experience directly through our senses. Public life in good quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic life and a full life."

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/11/2014 10:43:26 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: The Human Scale
@kq4ym: Plus, you have a lot of companies from outside the area, especially overseas, that are pouring in money and accelerating this growth. Excellent point.

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/11/2014 10:40:45 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: The Human Scale
@Pablo: In that documentary, are they speaking about established cities in Asia, or are they looking at newly developed areas?

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/11/2014 9:47:11 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: The Human Scale
It only makes sense that the Asia Pacific area is likely going to see big increases in green infrastructure and building design. Population growth in those area cities is expected to be huge compared to growth in U.S. urban areas. With the influx of people looking for jobs and the increasing manufacturing facilities and office needed, the Asia Pacific is the place to look for any trends in sustainable urban design.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
7/10/2014 5:25:01 AM
User Rank Blogger
The Human Scale
Scott,

Last night we went to see a documentary called "The Human Scale", focusing on cities and developments to encourage human interaction, short commutes and neighborhood living.

Asian cities are now the worst offenders. Apartment buildings higher than 6-8 stories are considered a recipe for isolation, and large developments kill community living. People that use to bike to work are now force to drive, or make long commutes on public transport.

The use of technology in Asia is impressive, but the lack of planning for community living and "human scale" is not sustainable.

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/9/2014 1:25:06 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Western Businesses
@Kim: That's an excellent questions and one not specifically raised in the information that I saw in the F&S report. However, reading between the lines, it seems that it's a mix of homegrown businesses, and outside investors from all over who are putting money into these countries. The green building push seems to be coming a little more from the outside, but I really do think it's a 50/50 split.

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