C-Realm Special: Regenerating Urban Centers

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A lecture by permaculture instructor, Andrew Faust, on using permacultural design principles to make incremental upgrades to the urban landscape to help move the city in the direction of self-sufficiency and create an environment in which people can live and thrive.  He suggests that broad, abstruse issues like global weirding and peak oil distract us from the very real, immediate, and achievable actions we can take to improve our situation. This lecture was presented on Friday, 29 September 2012 at The Commons Brooklyn in NYC.

 

KMO used Audacity’s Noise Removal and Dynamic Ranger Compression functions on this recording. An unmodified version of the recording will be available on the Internet Archive in the fullness of time.

  • Blow_In

    I totally agree with everything Andrew Faust said.

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  • Robert Fairchild

    Great presentation!
    Lots of truth but some imperfect facts. Unfortunately some of his numbers were way off.
    We consume 20 times our body weight in sugar per year?? I weigh 180 lbs and I’m sure I don’t eat 10 lbs of sugar per day.
    10 gallons of oil per lb of food produced?? At 2.5 lbs/person/day and 7 billion people, that exceeds world oil production of 92 million bbls/day by over 45 times. I think it’s 10 calories of energy go in for every food calorie that comes out.
    And an imperfect understanding of thermodynamics. The “waste heat” from power plants cannot be used to make electricity, it’s temperature is too low. (It could be used to heat buildings, but power plants in the US are generally not in cities, for lots of reasons. Where it is done it is called “district heating”.) The efficiency of power plants is a function of how hot the turbines can take (a materials constraint) and real life things like friction. Modern thermal power plants are reasonably close to the theoretical maximum imposed by the Laws of Thermodynamics.

  • Robert Fairchild

    New York City once had a large composting operation:
    How Much Horse Manure Was Deposited on the Streets of New York City Before the Advent of the Automobile, and What Happened to It?
    http://www.nyhistory.org/community/horse-manure