During the late 20th Century it became evident that human activity has the capacity to alter the natural history of the world, destabilizing the global climate and poisoning the natural environment.
In the late 20th Century control of the distribution of electrical energy shifted from point producer to grid manager, as was made evident by the scandals surrounding it. At the same time, energy production has begun to find new decentralized sources as indicated by the introduction of solar (photovoltaic) and wind power.
Setting these indisputable facts against the complex pattern of political, economic, cultural, intellectual, artistic, religious and physical human activity and the tendency toward inertia throughout human history, vested interest and institutional memory, it is impossible to predict with any certainty the impact of these phenomena on the future. But some new directions have to be tried.
Environmental Age development tends toward social patterns in which communication, transportation and energy are decentralized and can no longer be used to compel centralization. Social, political, economic and cultural power, which resides in communication, is distributed through a universal grid and can can coalesce and disperse out of control of physical coercion . This same dynamism is at the heart of modern democracy enshrined in the vertical and horizontal divisions in both the American and parliamentary systems of government.
Environmental Age development proposes to create a world parallel to the natural environment, not destructive of it. It should be able to collect natural resources in sustainable quantities, replicating and recycling them through applications of science and technology, largely already in place, specifically developed to maintain the process of natural change. In order to assure a stable global environment, it should rely primarily on electromagnetic forms of energy, and molecular and chemical processes collected from the already existing pool in the natural world, transforming and redirecting them to power the industrial enterprise. The architecture should reflect global variations in climate and the opportunities for collecting, transforming and employing energy, and local approaches to exprssing them.
Environmental Age development proposes a different approach to architecture, urban design and land development than the prevailing work of this Industrial Age. It proceeds from different conception of humankind's relationship to the rest of the natural world, and requires a Post Industrial technology, as described above, to build and maintain it.
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