SDG2030/QoH – Gaiapolis

Gaiapolis is a hypothetical urban utopia. It is the imaginations of how truly sustainable cities could be formed. Although such dreams cannot be fully realized, - the visions could certainly pinpoint some dos and don’ts, when developing sustainable cities and communities (SDG11). Still, some communities could learn from some cities – and most cities planners could re-learn about sound communities. Hence, this blog is dedicated some reflections on how-to develop more sustainable cities and communities – by using ideal visions of the hypothetical utopian Gaiapolis as a model.

No one can truly grasp any idea, or ideals. Our perception of anything is merely personal sensing and interpretations of matter and energy. Hence no one can even understand the true form of any object. Yet, we humans do certainly define ideals. – regardless how faulty in reality. For example, Plato’s ‘cavemen’ were no different than the caged ‘Matrix’ humans in their delusion of their own reality. Still, Plato is the godfather to the ideal State and institutions.

Gaia, as in the ancient philosophy, is one of the primordial deities and the mother of all lives. The primordial represented the fundamental forces physics of the world. They were not actively worshipped, as they have no human characteristics, but rather are personifications of places or abstract concepts. Therefore, any Gaiapolis is not an issue of psychosocial GoT (Game of Temples), but rather visionary concepts of metropolises with natural properties.

Moreover, the biosphere is the self-sustainable surface zone of life on Earth. Thus, the geochemical model, the Ecosphere, embraces the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. The biosphere is a closed system for matter, - yet an open system for energy, like the photosynthesis harvests solar energy of 130 Terawatt a year. The definition also includes human-centered biospheres, like any closed artificial-, space-, and planetary- biospheres - as well as any ‘Gaiapolis’.

Anyways the philosophy, Humanity has certainly prioritized and stated some qualitative properties of ‘polises’ by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 ‘cities and communities. There are lots of documentaries and statistics that suggests howto improve the cities. In this sense, concepts for city designs should probably be based on living organic systems as well as materialistic lifeless ones. Someone might also find interest in the 3 blogs reflecting about the Humanity as a living being (UU20211204- UU20220205).

Quite alarming though, - the previous blogs about cities and megacities stressed some major crises due to dysfunctionalities like; slums, crime, homelessness, traffic crowding, urban sprawl, redevelopment, distribution, pollution, energy and material resources, - in addition to issues of the fundamental Human Rights related to the SDGs. However, this decade of industrial and social reforms (IR4/SR4) do certainly provide innovating solutions for most of the challenges. (See blogs like UU20220703, UU20220710)

The previous blogs do also present several suggestions for self-sustainable cities, communities and institutions. Here are some elaborations:

Finally, there seems to be a lot to rethink and do when considering cities as living Gaiapolis as well as lifeless Metropolis.

Smart city chart: https://global-uploads.webflow.com/5d84fed445baf42353e81430/5e138b316b2f0387bf12eb35_gabrys_epd_fig3_libellium.png
UN Sustainable Development Goals https://sdgs.un.org/goals
SDG11: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goal_11
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Here are some inspirational videos about sustainable cities – and potential Gaiapolises.

Explore 10 of the world's most SUSTAINABLE cities

7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe
How Arizonas Cities are Becoming a Sustainable Green Oasis in the Desert
Cities of the Future | The World in 2050
Creating Sustainable Cities
Smart Cities - Building for the Cities of Tomorrow (Documentary, 2015)
Energy Efficient Buildings | Clean Power | Changemakers | ENDEVR Documentary https://youtu.be/ys07tEScaSo
'Singapore: biophilic city'
Sustainable City | Fully Charged

Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future (2018)