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How can we build a sustainable future?

How can we build a sustainable future?
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First Published: Sun, Aug 31 2008. 11 50 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Aug 31 2008. 11 50 PM IST
JAIGOPAL G RAO
Chairman, technical advisory group for urban planning, government of Kerala
I think
The land-use planning in our cities compels us to consume an enormous amount of non-renewable energy. Surely we can do better?
We can
I have proposed the concept of sustainable development zones (SDZs) as a model for decentralized urban planning.
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CHITRA VISHWANATH
Works only with sustainable technologies and has built a couple of hundred mud buildings in and around Bangalore
I think
In a time of environmental crisis, it is criminal to use any material for building other than what is available on your own site. Mud is one such material, especially in Bangalore.
The local mud makes for good stabilized mud blocks for walls and roofs.
We can
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SANJAY PRAKASH
Is an authority on energy-efficient architecture and is based in New Delhi
I think
Yes, buildings can enable an ecological lifestyle. But environmentally conscious living doesn’t come about by first demanding a lot and then “fixing” the source of energy, water and materials. An architecture of the future, sustainable and resource-efficient, affordable and beautiful, comes about when we accept lifestyles that reduce demands, meet them in the most efficient way, using renewable resources. Greenness then becomes integrated with the house as well as one’s lifestyle.
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SANDEEP VIRMANI
Director, Hunnarshala Foundation, and coordinates the work of Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan, a network of development NGOs in Kutch
I think
Community participation in construction is critical for sustainability. Traditional communities have practised sustainable technologies and thought “small is beautiful” before the phrase gained currency. Unfortunately, policymakers do not recognize their value. Centralization of decision-making takes control of natural resources away from communities.
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JEETH IYPE
Director of Good Earth, a development company based in Bangalore that builds sustainable communities using a range of eco-friendly technologies
I think
Individuals or families have to live together as a community; only then will they be ecologically sustainable. A disconnected family is too small to make a difference to the system, and consumes more resources. India can be a leader in this, as we have a tradition of living together, optimizing consumption and cost effectiveness, minimizing waste.
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(Story coordinated and compiled by Himanshu Burte)
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First Published: Sun, Aug 31 2008. 11 50 PM IST