My “Go To” Book

Today, I finished reading Natural Capitalism, my “go to” book for when I need to feel good about the world.  It was published in 1997, and already by then, many industries all over the world, including in the US, had been taking responsible steps with respect to the environment and its limited resources.

The concluding chapter describes the redesign of the Brazilian city, Curitiba, according to architectural requirements, that the city serve everyone, rather than by specific engineering departments.  It sounds so exciting, to have transportation which meets the needs of both rich and poor, and a central city area of several blocks open for 24 hours each day, seven days a week, to keep a “lively” atmosphere downtown.  The mayor, an architect himself, was very popular for every term he served.

This chapter shows how all the efforts from the previous chapters can be combined for a thriving modern industrial city with pleasant places to live.



© 2014 Kathryn Hardage


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