ECO cities studio: In spite of the constraints that reduced resources exert on cities, a careful reflection on a post-carbon landscape is a very real opportunity to reexamine the city as a site of invention. If methods for reduced energy consumption as outlined in the Kyoto Protocol are adhered to, visible changes in infrastructure and mobility strategies will likely result. Many independent start-ups and university research departments are developing clean energy strategies, such as solar-, wind- and hydrogen-powered cars and zero emission power stations. In Urbana Champaign, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Cambridge, as well as many other lesser-known areas, new models of public/private partnerships and community engagement are already taking shape.
This is where EcoCities Studio 2.0 [ECD 2.0] stands to make a significant contribution. As a detailed consideration of alternative urban models, ECD 2.0 explores innovative design research by adapting essential components of next-generation infrastructure. Through small-scale implementation, EcoDistricts can reduce environmental impacts while creating a stronger sense of place and community.