Re: "Universal's 'Urbanopolis,' " I especially appreciate that local residents were invited into the design process, that there will be housing planned specifically for people who will work in the complex (I hope it will be significantly affordable), and that the complex is pedestrian-oriented "with a lively and varied communal environment."
Nonetheless, Whiteson's article leaves many critical issues unaddressed: Where's the green space (beyond the few peek-a-boo palm trees)? Where are the renewable energy systems? Solar or photovoltaic panels? Where are the pools of water in various stages of purification for reuse? Where are the roof gardens and parks on all that flat roof space?
All future development in this city must address how we can build without diminishing the prospects of future generations.
If we're installing so much pavement that the rainwater goes into sewers and into the ocean instead of percolating down to replenish the ground-water table, we're diminishing those prospects! Building in balance with nature is essential for our future as a city and our future as a species on the planet.
Arkin is executive director of the Cooperative Resources & Services Project.