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    Jul 7 2012: Rapidly rising pace of change requires a level of self-sustainability not yet included in development. Full disclosure of toxins and long-term consequences of current fossil fuel production could energize R & D for renewables. Each building constructed, if required to be completely self-sustaining for energy, might make cities growth less stressful for the systems required to contain and support them. If the same standard were applied to water, food, waste with each building, then these become like interchangeable LEGOS, basic building blocks with endless possibilities. Currently our building are designed mostly as shells into which energy/waste/food/water flow in and out, but are not produced within. When buildings are designed as structures of living support, rather than inanimate structures for the living, cities will truly come alive.

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