Straw goes Urban: join the discussion

straw-goes-urban-franceWe`d like to start a discussion, what is necessary, to build urban projects in a sustainable way, not just reducing energy-consumption or CO2, lets also think about social-, material-, agricultural-, renewable-, prefab-, community-matters. What are your ideas for a liveable city? Is sustainable urbanism more than building comunicative/participative places and passive-houses in a city? Is bringing the nature back in towns the big solution (urban gardening, vertical gardens, greening public spaces)?
It´s a big theme, we know, it includes the future of democracy, the way we want to live together in a healthy surrounding, the problem of feeding the people in the growing cities, the energy and infrastructure and lot more.

Have a look at our inspirational urban strawbale-examples or the movies on our site.

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Image (by Herbert Gruber): Musée du quai Branly in Paris by Jean Nouvel, vertical garden by Patrick Blanc

Written by Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh" (New Building with Straw), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "Strawbale Training for European Professionals (STEP). As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.