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  • Change the World
  • The Science of Living in Harmony with Nature

  • Emerald Eco-City offers solutions to ALL of the following:
  • Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • OBJECTIVE ZERO
  • The Physical Ecocity
  • Sociological and Healthy Ecocity
  • The Environmental Ecocity
  • Emerald Eco-City Energy
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    Description: This project is the optimized integration of the best-and-brightest demonstrated ideas, technologies and community planning of over 2400 years

    We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance , . . . we are carried high and raised up by their giant size ” – John Of Salisbury 1159 – Referring to the ancient scholars of Greece and Rome

    Cedalion Standing on the Shoulders of Orion
    Cedalion Standing on the Shoulders of Orion

    Greek-Letter fraternities and sororities emerged from the common practice that a university education used to be based on a foundation of ancient Greek intellectual leaders (like Socrates, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc.).

    Plato founded his Athens Academy in 387 BCE. The goal of Plato and his contemporary associates was to bring together the best minds of their day (medicine, science, mathematics, logic, politics, etc.), understand how each one acquired, represented, and processed “Forms” (categorical perception “classes” of stereotypical knowledge), and then teach the abstract concepts of “Good” and “Justice”, in order to form a more idealistic society (which we have worked toward since our own university days). See Plato’s The Republic Overview . Paintings made two millennia later do not seem to match the word in The Republic, although some similarities do exist:

    Plato’s The Republic Olive  Grove of Academe

    It is curious to note that Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts describe God placing man in the Garden of Eden to enjoy and care for abundant trees. Plato’s Academy was formed among pleasant fruitful olive groves. An intimate connection with, and appreciation for, the majesty of Creation seems to be linked with happiness and increased problem-solving knowledge of the Universal Laws of Nature.

    Plato was NOT a “ Fountain of Knowledge Flowing From The Front of 1the Forum ” kind of teacher, (like those creators of avoidable brain-dead homogeneous retardation that are now sadly mandated as “teachers” in our public schools today).

    Plato did NOT “teach” students to memorize the obsolete multiple-choice answers to standardized test questions, so the teachers could keep their low-paid jobs. Such stupid teacher behavior would surely create generations of highly-dependent “baby birds” waiting for “dirty worms” to be fed to them – unable to solve inherited problems, or even provide their own food.

    If your paycheck depends on your students staying in school and making good grades, you will reward mediocrity, and pat it on the head. If all that matters are grades, you will get many more “A’s” than are deserved. If test scores reign supreme, you will teach only the answers, NOT how to arrive at them. Even though you teach only how to score high on tests, your nation’s test scores will fall far below other civilized nations, who teach THEIR students how to “think” for themselves.

    Passive “spoon-fed” babies have no clue how to acquire unprecedented knowledge. (I have very-little tolerance for non-reading retards who send me simple questions that I have clearly answered on my free web pages.)

    Like baby birds, they require someone to “tell them what to do.” They often accept by unquestioning faith whatever comes from imperfect pulpit preachers (Rush Limbaugh, et. al.).

    Today’s gross mismanagers of our children’s formal education are totally without a clue about what Platonic young-adult academics SHOULD do.

    Conservative government agencies that under fund declining American education think that dictating yesterday’s answers to failed education-as-usual test questions is exactly what we should continue to do forever. “That’s they way my teachers taught me” say they. The problem is such ineffective brain-dead reasoning is what CREATED our nation’s inability to understand obvious unsustainability, and avoid suicide.

    Plato (the inventor of western academics) would surely think that today’s modern schools are very counterproductive institutions, ESPECIALLY in our chaotic world where business-as-usual is clearly on a self-inflicted path to extinction.

    Paraphrasing Plato’s Paradoxical Path to Productively Solve Perplexing Profound People Problems

    The arrogance of bad dictatorial teachers greatly interferes with student’s desire to learn

    Plato Encouraged and Enabled Creativity by asking profound, deep-thought questions,
    - NOT by arrogantly dictating stale, failed, business-as-usual answers
    - NOT by long hours of negative-conditioning passive, bored-brain, sleepy students
    - NOT by robbing them of the joy and motivation of self discovery of new knowledge
    - NOT by lazy parents who entertain children with push-button instant-response
    “weapons of cognitive intellectual suicide” (Most video games are NOT “Good”)
    - NOT by broadcasting 30-second oversimplified misleading-sound-bite “News”
    - NOT with rapid-response thoughtless Twitter Tweets
    - NOT with iconic Fast Food Cash Registers that assume employee’s can NOT
    read words or do simple math: “Da ya wan fries widat order?

    In stark contrast, “Understanding a question, is half an answer” - Socrates

    Examples:

    What are the common characteristics of everything that is “Good” ?

    What is “Justice” ?

    Is wealth “Good” ?

    Is the wealth of only a few “Just” ?

    If someone is wealthy, should you praise them before you know how they acquired it, or what they will do with it?

    Know This:

    Human Affairs Are Constantly Changing: Do not take excess pride in personal prosperity;
    Neither despair in adversity – Ask only how you can create “Good”

    “There is only one good: KNOWLEDGE, and one evil: IGNORANCE” – Socrates

    If I appear to know many things, it is because I know only one: I AM IGNORANT

    Ask a good question, and you expose your ignorance for an instant -
    Fail to ask many profound questions, and you will remain ignorant forever

    We all learn by asking good questions

    Ironically, the very-best mentors teach by asking profound questions
    (without answering them)

    “The mind is NOT a vessel to be filled, but a FIRE to be ignited.” – Plutarch

    An unquenchable burning desire for new knowledge is the only kind of fire that
    Zero Energy Design / Emerald Eco-City endorses (Zero Emissions – Never Burn Anything)

    Teachers who fail to ignite a lifetime desire for knowledge are NOT GOOD.
    We should pay GOOD teachers three times more than what they receive today,
    AND EXPECT MUCH MORE CREATIVITY FROM THEM AND THEIR STUDENTS.

    “Lifelong learning in an Ever-Expanding Universe of Endless Possibilities”
    - Energy-Research-Scientist Dale Hartweg – Larry Hartweg’s Father

    GOOD teachers learn much more than their students

    It is not good if an expert dies of old age without passing knowledge on to an apprentice

    A good apprentice should ultimately outperform the mentor
    (For example: Socrates -> Plato -> Aristotle – 19-year student of Plato’s Academy)

    "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great
    make you feel that you, too, can become great." -- Mark Twain

    Aristotle further refined Platonic “Forms” into what western cultures now teach as modern biological “Classification Theory” – which is our foundation for ALL human knowledge and education.

    Any effective teacher, mentor, communicator, or innovator must understand these ancient Greek knowledge representation basics. It is the way all humans gather and process new knowledge.

    The more generic Platonic “Forms” (Abstract Classes) that a seeker of scientific TRUTH understands, the more places you will have to mentally store new knowledge discoveries. AND, the more intellectual cognitive connections you’ll have for large-scale system solution integration, and holistic configuration component optimization.

        Please reread the above paragraph three more times.
        It is the ESSENCE of Emerald Eco-City solution creativity.

    Western cognitive thought processes still stand on the shoulders of 2400-year-old Platonic intellectual giants. Today’s modern public education does not in any way enable Plato’s academic critical thinking skills, healthy non-violent skepticism, scientific powers of observation, or how to create innovative problem solutions.

    We are challenged in that writing a one-way monologue (as Plato did in “The Republic”, and we are doing right now), does not effectively convey the Solution Discovery Process that was common for so many year in Plato’s question-asking Academy dialog. We envision that Emerald Eco-City will mature into the world’s largest solution design collaboration effort in human history. The solution optimization process will NEVER BE COMPLETE (as Walt Disney imagined for EPCOT in 1966, but he died of suicidal-smoking lung cancer before EPCOT construction began).

    One who stands on the shoulders of giants develops future intellectual pursuits by understanding the research and works created by notable thinkers of the past

    Those who ignore important lessons of the past, condemn themselves to repeat its worst mistakes. Innovators should not attempt to stand alone for very long – even though all creative thought begins inside only one mind.

    Zero Energy Design did NOT invent the Sun, Wind, Rain, Clean Water, Tides, Currents, Geothermal Energy, or Sustainable Community Planning.

    Plato drew healthy-society knowledge from Hippocrates (460–377 B.C.E.). Hippocrates is the acknowledged intellectual-giant Father of Western Medicine. All modern western medical students are STILL required to take “The Hippocratic Oath.” His ancient wisdom is still VERY relevant today. Hippocrates’ healthy intellectual foundations are quite sound, even though there is now a huge body of new knowledge about disease cause-and-effect, DNA, body scanners, etc.

    Over 2400 years ago, Hippocrates wrote:
     “The effect of any town upon the health of its population varies according as it faces north or south, east or west.”

    Hippocrates’ Air Light Treatise documented the rock-solid foundation for our wise use of sunlight, clean air and water to this very day.

    The ancient Greek philosopher Aeschylus wrote:
    Only primitives and barbarians lack knowledge of houses turned to face the Winter Sun.”

    Take a close look at the community you live in today – Does EVERY building have a good southern exposure (and view)? Where is most of the glass? Do your city buildings have glass on the west side on hot summer afternoons? Do they have solar-furnace skylights in the summer?

    By ancient “state of the art” standards (2400-years-ago),
    were your Community Planner, Architect and Builder PRIMITIVE BARBARIANS? Are you?

    Can YOU read a Seasonal Sundial?
    Are you aware of the timeless eternal Fundamental Laws of Nature?
    Do you live in a Hippocratic Healthy Home?

    OR, is life in our disconnected-from-Nature suicidal society destroying the very things
    (like trees, water, and air) that are essential for our own survival?

    Stonehenge Seasonal Map

    An enormous amount of human energy went into constructing the huge Stonehenge Solar Monument.

    In an agrarian society, almost everyone was directly involved in providing food for the community. Using knowledge gathered from many previous-year growing-season successes (and failures), preserving the precise knowledge of the seasonal path of the Sun across all future generation was a Life-Critical unprecedented project.

    Their massive seasonal sundial was much-more durable than even their own homes.

    There is very-little remaining archeological evidence about their lives 6,000 years ago, BUT, we can feel confident that a society who paid so very much attention to the Sun, was also intelligent enough to build houses oriented to the south, with open access to the low winter Sun, and shading devices to keep the high summer Sun from making their homes too warm on the hottest days.

    It was not until 2400 years ago, that Hippocrates confirmed that same essential knowledge in his Air Light Treatise, which we DO still have copies of today.

    The ancient Greek word “Architect” means (1) builder of structural arches, or (2) the highest-level builder, who teaches others how to build according to Hippocrates rules for healthy air-light-water homes. This is knowledge which very-few modern “Architects” ® now understand, just like modern medical doctors violate their Hippocratic Oath to “ do no harm ” millions of times each year .

    Was YOUR architect aware of the ancient Greek’s knowledge of the seasonal summer/winter path of the Sun? The source of the largest waste of energy in the world today is BUILDINGS. Almost ALL of which are still being designed today by what Aeschylus called “barbarians.”

    Even today’s U.S. Green Building Council Platinum Greenwash Architects do extremely dumb things, when compared to 30-year-old U.S. Department of Energy and Zero Energy Design - Zero Emission demonstrations.

    Does your barbaric Architect still pay monthly utility bills, or emit any CO2? Do today’s Community Planners pay any attention to the seasonal path of the Sun?

    I admit that when Jimmy Carter offered solar-energy tax credits in 1978, I was NOT an expert on passive solar heating AND cooling design. It was not covered in any formal class that I had. I still have never attended one formal class on stupid business-as-usual conventional Architecture. This meant that when I designed my very-first spectacular near-zero-energy indoor-swimming-pool home in 1979, everything I did was invented from scratch – Something that boiled-in-obsolete-tradition Architects haven’t a clue how to do.

    Lack of BAD education is an asset to a seeker of scientific TRUTH. I had no stupid architectural “knowledge” that had to be painstakingly unlearned. (smile)

    As a Boy Scout, I learned that moss grew on the north side of trees, and that the Sun always rises in the east, and sets in the west everywhere on Earth (except the Arctic circles in the winter). But, that is insufficient engineering knowledge to design an off-the-grid self-sufficient never-burn-anything passive-solar building.

    In 1978, you could not go to the Internet (or my local library) and quickly learn the precise seasonal path of the Sun at various latitudes and longitudes. When Wikipedia became popular, I donated my article on Sun Path to make this easier for those who care (but an amazing number of self-proclaimed new-millennium “ greenwash ” experts, like Ed Begley Jr., still cannot look at the Sun at any time of any day and tell which way is south).

    Zero Energy Community Planning: State Of The Art – 2400 Years Ago

    Ancient Greeks understood the importance of orienting their houses to take advantage of equator-side sunshine in the winter, and then to avoid it in the summer. Hippocrates’ Air Light Treatise documented their essential knowledge, gained by basic powers of observation over time. Entire ancient cities like PRIENE and ZIPPORI were laid out on the southeast side of slopes, so Every Building Faced the Winter Sun. See A Golden Thread : 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology by Ken Butti and John Perlin.

    Ancient Greek City PRIENE

    Greek legislation ensured solar access rights for every building. Do you know of ANY large-scale modern cities that are so very-well laid out? Ancient Greek solar design was 100% NO COMPROMISE essential to healthy living. NO rational ancient Greek would consider doing anything else. They were taught skepticism and critical thinking skills, BUT when the shark evolved long ago, it has not needed to change very much for hundreds of millions of years – It’s a near-perfect predator. Likewise, PRIENE and ZIPPORI were near-perfect solar communities of two millennia ago.

    Every BTU of FREE-FUEL solar energy helps to reduce the need to BURN polluting energy sources. It only makes good economic-and-health sense to use Abundant Energy In Harmony With Nature (unless your government is “owned” by unsustainable greedy fossil-fuel profiteers).

    We have discussed above the rare way that intelligent ancient Greeks brought about rapid successful innovation. No let’s spend a brief time reviewing the stark contrast of how the Myopic Mediocre Majority BLOCK Scientific Advancement for centuries. The following flaws of humanity persist to this very day:

    The Inquisition: Outrageous Rejection and Persecution of Observable Scientific Proof

    The Inquisition

    During medieval times, non-learning, change-resistant, pious, self-righteous imbeciles in leadership positions ACTIVELY BLOCKED scientific progress and societal improvement.

    They set up powerful Boards of Inquisition to search for, and persecute, those who skeptically applied critical thinking skills to the many FALSE teachings of the day. (The total opposite of Plato’s Academy over 1800 years earlier.)

    God-loving people like Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642 – The Father of Modern Physics) who held a different scientific point of view than obsolete, unscientific, church teachings were labeled as “blasphemous heretics.” Some Enlightened Scientists were merely censored or excommunicated, but others were imprisoned, tortured (a cross burned in the flesh of their chest), or even burned alive at the stake – Some of the ghastly tortured were even God-Loving Priests, who knew the Provable Scientific TRUTH, much better than the appointed Inquisitors and Persecutors (who based their false opinions on obsolete dogma that never was true in the first place).

    What an outrageous distortion of the loving teachings of Jesus, and especially the Sixth Commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” …
    “You strain at a gnat, but swallow a camel.”

     

    Most of us think we know what we know, BUT sometimes WE’RE QUITE WRONG. (The Earth is NOT flat – The Sun and Moon do NOT orbit around a fixed Earth.) Some of us know what we do not know – We ask profound questions and learn.
    But sadly, there is much that we don’t know that we don’t know. Clinging to what we think we know, but we do not, is wrong when it is wrong.

    Why did self-proclaimed religious leaders, who FALSELY presented themselves as “representatives of God’s will”, persecute Galileo, torture and kill many other Enlightened Scientists and Priests of the day?

    Why do so very many simple-minded religious folk still believe to this very day that the kind of NASA scientists who sent men safely to the moon should NOT be trusted, when they present scientific proof that were are well-past the Global Warming Tipping Point?

    The 1578 Handbook for Inquisitors explained the pious self-righteous reason for the “heresy” penalty of bloody torture and death:  ... punishment does not take place primarily and per se for the correction and good of the person punished, but for the public good in order that others may become TERRIFIED and weaned away from the evils they would commit (such as scientific study of the provable true nature of God’s Universal Laws of Physics, etc.).

    The Roman Catholic Church Inquisition was (and still is) premeditated, self-acknowledged, Deadly TERRORISM – Undeniable plain and simple TRUTH. Those who disagree only need to read the 1578 Handbook for Inquisitors.

    In 1542, Pope Paul III established the Congregation of the Holy Office of the Inquisitionas a permanent office staffed with cardinals and other religious leaders. They were assigned the “Holy” tasks of maintaining and defending the integrity of the faith and of examining heretics, proscribing errors, and supervising local Inquisitions and waging terrorism among those who disagreed with the false lies being taught by the extremely evil church, in the name of God (whose basic commandments they often disobeyed).

    Beyond violating many of the Ten Commandments, consider this profound issue about prayer.

    The Inquisition tried Galileo Galilei in 1633, and condemned him for suggesting that:
    (1) the Earth is not the Center of the Universe, and
    (2) that the Earth moves around the Sun.

    After the Evil Inquisition and religious wars in England, begriming in 1700 American colonies (like Massachusetts, New York and later Georgia) had state charters that insured religious freedom from fanatical persecution. Roman Catholic priests and the practice of Catholicism were banned. New Americans would not allow murder to be institutionalized due to religious dogma.

    In 1965, the name of the former “Holy Office of the Inquisition” was changed to "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith", and it STILL has the same 1542 Inquisition assignment to the present day.

    Long after NASA scientists sent men to the moon and back in 1969, in a 1990 speech delivered at the Sapienza University of Rome, Inquisitor Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) quoted Paul Feyerabend: The Church at the time of Galileo kept much more closely to reason than did Galileo himself, and she took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo's teaching too (that the Earth is NOT the Ego center of the Universe). Her verdict against Galileo was rational and just.

    Galileo died under church-imposed house arrest because he used his new telescope to prove scientifically that the Earth moves around the Sun.

    Evidently in 1990, Ratzinger and Feyerabend still believed that the Earth does not move, and the Sun orbits the Earth. (Astronomically-unbelievable intransigent STUPIDITY.)

    Christian biblical references Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30 include scriptures stating that: "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved." Psalm 104:5 says, "the LORD set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved." Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that "the sun rises and sets and returns to its place."

    Galileo defended his heliocentrism view (the Earth is NOT fixed – Earth moves around the Sun). God-loving Galileo honestly believed that his scientific proof did NOT contradict Holy Scripture.

    Galileo believed Psalm 19:1 (as we also do): “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” We should scientifically study God’s handiwork, which Galileo’s new telescope allowed him to do much better than ever before.

    woman of song of SolomonGalileo correctly supported Saint Augustine's position that we can NOT take every Holy Scripture passage literally. IF the “Song of Solomon” was literal, that would most certainly be a very-strange looking beautiful woman – chuckle:

    Beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt, some parts of the Bible can NOT be taken literally. The challenge is in knowing which ones.

    Plato created a world of rapid innovation by teaching skepticism and critical thinking skills – especially when status quo was unjust.

    The unjust Inquisition drove humanity backwards thousands of years.

    Emerald Eco-City will encourage Platonic Academy Good-and-Just creative thinking. Our rock-solid enduring foundation
    will be based on the "laws of Nature and of Nature's God", as stated in the first paragraph of the July 4, 1776 Unanimous Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. All non-violent religious points of view will be welcome.

    God-loving Galileo accurately said: “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence”
    – Albert Einstein (Time Magazine’s “Man of the Century”)

    Larry’s Corollary: "Just because you are encountering violent opposition does not ensure that YOU are a Great Spirit –
    You may just be an imbecile."
    (chuckle) – Larry Hartweg

    BOZO the Clown

    “They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Galileo ... But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown”
    - Carl Sagan

     

    From the “Flat Earth” European vantage point of Galileo’s day, the Sun does appear to travel around an egotistical Center-of-the-Universe Earth on a fixed foundation. BUT, NASA scientists know with no shadow of a doubt that this is most certainly FALSE.

    Torturing and killing people who disagree with metaphorical unscientific ancient incorrect speculation scriptures is itself a prima facie mortal sin (despite what the myopic mediocre majority leadership foolishly proclaim in ANY generation).

    “A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - It is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.” … “I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists” ... “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” - Albert Einstein

    “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, more doubtful of success, or more dangerous to manage, than to initiate a new system. For the innovator has enemies in all those who profit from the old system, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who will profit from the new.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

    “TWO THINGS ARE INFINITE: (1) The Universe, and (2) Human Stupidity;
    and I'm not sure about the Universe.”
    – Albert Einstein

    The CRITICAL LESSON to be learned from Inquisition Infinite Human Stupidity and to build our progressive future on is: The myopic mediocre-minded majority of people are often wrong, AND they will normally reject and persecute the innovators that suggest long-overdue changes that are essential to their own survival.

    If your paycheck depends on you NOT knowing the TRUTH:
    (1) You will always reject and cover up the TRUTH, and
    (2) Oppose Enlightened Scientists who speak the TRUTH

    If mama says: “If you don’t believe in Santa, he won’t bring you presents”,
    then you will argue with other children who claim that Santa does not exist.

    If someone else’s paycheck depends on you not knowing the TRUTH:
    (1) They will run for Congress (snicker), or
    (2) Hire Madison Avenue GREENWASHERS to feloniously mislead you.

    Nowhere is this truer than when the status quo is found to be a SUICIDAL downhill path toward extinction. Smokers, drug addicts, and abusers of fossil fuels refuse to accept the TRUTH about their self-inflicted addiction to “suicide on the installment plan.”

    How long will idiots continue to ignore the lower-cost, higher-value of the Sun (in favor of “Fossil-Fuel Inferno – Burn Baby Burn” self-annihilation)?

    Scientific Fact: There have been at least 48 American dam failures that have killed at least 10 people each. Engineers DO make mistakes. The New Orleans levies were a terrible (but predictable) example. Many more dams and essential infrastructures are currently “Structurally Insufficient” to withstand predictable geologic and global-warming weather events.

    A survey was done of people living below at-risk dams:

    (1) Those who were farthest away, whose feet would get wet and their basements flooded, were the most concerned.

    (2) People who might lose their house seemed to be less concerned. BUT,

    (3) People in direct line of a dam failure instant-death flood scenario reported that they were essentially not concerned very much at all.

    Lesson Learned: Some potentially-catastrophic things (that are too disturbing to even think about) are intentionally put out of at-risk people’s minds. And so, they do nothing at all (like moving) to prevent possible extermination.

    The many disturbing man-made suicidal problems of today seem to fit that category, and so, idiots accelerate their SUV as they approach a well-marked extermination cliff.

    Now let’s talk about some basic Emerald Eco-City Architecture alternatives:

    Human History of the Arch - Several million years before modern (Homo Sapiens) man appears in the fossil record, our ape-man cave-dwelling ancestors lived under naturally-occurring stone-arch cave entrances. They did not invent arches, or build them, but as human intelligence improved, our predecessors did observe how they were living under arches, in harmony with Nature.

    If the cave opening accidentally faced the Equator, they were more comfortable in the Summer and Winter. The ancient Greeks abstracted this knowledge, and built their homes around it.

    Arched Cave Entrance The First Arches

    Heliocaminus – Ancient Greek / Roman Arched Sunrooms

    The history of window glass suggests that the method of making glass was discovered over two millennia ago (Job 37:18, I Corinthians 13:12, etc.). Earlier, ancient Greeks understood the importance of orienting their buildings to take advantage of equator-side sunshine, as documented in Hippocrates’ Air Light Treatise.

    A thriving transparent-window industry developed in Rome, which also included windows made of translucent natural stone (such as mica or selenite).

    A room that incorporated a large area of equator-facing clear windows was called a "heliocaminus", which literally means "solar furnace" in the ancient Greek language. Glass-enclosed sunrooms were designed to become hotter than the outside air temperature. Movable shade can block solar gain on warm days.

    The high-value of passive-solar-energy design is only recently being rediscovered.

    heliocaminus-solar furnaceheliocaminus-solar furnace2

    Standing on the shoulders of Greek Architecture giants, we will use Hippocrates healthy solar city with clean air and water. And we will use the powerful span of large-scale arches as important Emerald Eco-City design elements.

    Conventional Community Planning

    Flat-Earth-Society Community Planners often begin by gathering traditional (obsolete thinking) business-as-usual requirements, which often dictate a solution that is similar to the many mistakes make by previous community planners (or random hodge-podge community chaos that emerged over more-than-a-century).

    When given the rare opportunity to design a community from a blank slate, they usually begin with overly-simplistic 2D thinking about streets, roads, and highways. They assume that independent, unoptimized use of the petroleum-powered vehicle is the highest-priority on anyone’s list.

    The needs of human beings are only considered AFTER the needs of stupid SUV’s.

    Housing addition designers do not like boring straight petroleum-vehicle streets, so most modern housing additions have curved roads with cul-de-sacs, which GUARANTEES that most of the building lots will NOT be oriented for optimal use of sunshine.

    Inept planners fail to even consider solar access covenants for the few lots that are accidentally oriented to take advantage of clean, green, FREE-FUEL sunlight. From this basically-flawed street foundation, they layer on inept design for the layout of isolated, non-integrated, un-optimized commercial-and-residential, inefficient traditional buildings (“like a foolish man who builds his house on sand”).

    Most any bookstore, library, or building supply center has many “Stock House Plan” books. Indiscriminate developers destroy the natural character of land by removing most trees and flattening their building lots, so poorly-designed inefficient stock house plan tract houses can be built on them, with no concern for the north, south, east, or west orientation, which results in conventional high utility bills (and high-pollution emissions). THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE ANTITHESIS OF OUR ZERO ENERGY DESIGN ®. Anyone who offers to sell universal “energy-efficient stock house plans” is a clueless profiteer. Zero Energy Buildings must be designed to be specific to the location, climate, and character of the lot.

    Sometimes Community Planners follow many of the counterproductive Johnny-Come-Lately, U.S. “Green” Building Council recommendations. They then sell their BAD highly-compromised, basically-traditional, incompetent advice to naïve financiers as “green”, when it is mostly pure USGBC Greenwash ”.

    When the pump price of petroleum rises above $4 per gallon in the near future, and continues to rise even higher than ever before with no hope of it ever coming back down, THEN all cities that have oil addiction as their foundation assumption, will be shown to be based on predictable catastrophic community planning foolishness.

    Emerald Eco-City will NEVER waste any time or money accommodating anything that burns anything, INCLUDING PETROLEUM – No expensive roads, gas stations, unsustainable waste of finite past-peak resources, or environmental fossil-fuel damage.

    Electric rail, and internal 3D transit pods COST FAR LESS, consume much-less energy, are faster, have no traffic jams, no expensive space-consuming roads-or-parking-lots inside Eco-City. Our all-electric transit system will be Zero Emissions, with no resident capital investment, no car loans, private car insurance or private cars to maintain - no get-away-cars for criminals. AND, we will send NO money to OPEC or mid-east terrorists, ever again No future Oil Wars required.

    Emerald Eco-City rapid transit will be far-more convenient and take one fiftieth (1 / 50TH) of today’s megacity transportation system space. There will be no taxi drivers to pay or tip – push button elevator-like optimized operation, with NO incremental usage charge.  We will have robot messengers that can move things throughout our city of one million prosperous, productive people in only a matter of minutes.

    How is that for Community Rapid-Transit Planning? It is ALL off-the-shelf proven technology – Some of it many decades old - No new-technology miracles required, just Community Planners with open minds, and a function brain for innovation integration and radical reinvention optimization.

    Our Emerald Eco-City rapid transit system thinking has been significantly influenced by the huge
    Tokyo Shimizu Megacity Proposal:

    Tokyo Shimizu Megacity Proposal Diagrid Construction

    3D Transit Tube Transfer Nodes Geodesic Dome

    Work In Progress – More To Be Added Soon

     

     

    Is the powerful motivation behind Emerald Eco-City becoming obvious yet?

    We sincerely wish all of our readers an Abundant New Life In Harmony With Nature

    Lifelong Learning In An Ever-Expanding Universe Of Endless Possibilities.

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