By Catherine Dominguez, http://www.ecoseed.org
Green urbanism, the idea of creating a community that is beneficial to both its human population and the environment, is a school of thought that’s rising in popularity in tandem with the idea that the future lies in sustainable development.
According to Dr. Timothy Beatley, in his book “Green Urbanism: Learning from the European Cities,” green urbanism is an attempt to shape more sustainable places, communities and lifestyles and consume 75 percent of the world’s resources.
Dr. Beatley, one of the first to espouse the idea of green urbanism, described a city living along the lines of green urbanism as striving to live within its ecological limits, function in ways parallel to nature, striving to achieve a circular rather than a linear metabolism, striving toward self-sufficiency, facilitating more sustainable lifestyles and emphasizing a high quality neighborhood and community life.
In the Philippines, one man envisions green urbanism not just for the country but for the world as well. He is the renowned green architect and urban planner, Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr.