1. Compact and self contained: The City is established with vision and in response to the physiology, hydrology and ecology of its context. Logical boundaries are formed and a whole vision worked toward without wanton, haphazard growth beyond the carry-capacity of the city-locale.
2. Self-Reliant: The City is a site of production and consumption with all waste, effluents and emissions are resources recovered and cycled to replenish and feed the closed-loop system.
3. From Core to Spine: The City’s dated notion of the ‘core’ is replaced by a looping spine that centralizes service and offers high order transport. In place of the voided core is ecologically-based waste reclamation areas and production sites that supplement neighborhood and home scaled agriculture.
4. Low Tech Meets High Tech Sustainability: passive and active systems work holistically on a joint landscape, city and building scale. These environments rely on orientation, self-shading, passive heating and cooling and courtyards of the mat-building fabric for great performance. The porosity enables lush garden courts of native planting where rainwater is reclaimed for use. This is enhanced by leading edge green technologies with the whole city powered by solar fields extending beyond the city.
The digital illustration series entitled Cities IV / Deconstructed was created in 2011 by the Austrian design and photography team Atelier Olschinsky. These seven works are complex and heavily detailed hybrid depictions of cityscapes. Atelier Olschinsky was founded in 2002 by Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss. They specialize in all types of detail rich media and their extensive portfolio includes typography, graphic design, product design, web sites, 3d, illustration, animation, photo manipulation and photography. (by Jane Kenoyer)