A fossil-fuelled urban revolution is sweeping the planet. Villages are becoming towns, cities and megacities. Compact traditional brick-built towns are growing into vast sprawling cities made of tarmac, concrete, steel and glass. But as humanity is becoming urban, we need to face up to a central contradiction: cities are becoming our primary habitat, but urbanisation in its present form is endangering the very future of humanity and life on Earth.

In the first issue of Resurgence edited by Satish Kumar, in 1973, I wrote an article on ecological building design and new communities. Some 43 ...


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