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Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja

Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja

Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja

$49.95

Sorkin, Michael, et al

eds. Pap. Barcelona, 2010

Book ID: 87198

Each year, the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the CCNY travels to a city that is experiencing a revelatory form of stress. In January of 2006 the destination was Nueva Loja in the Amazon basin of Ecuador. At the time, a population of around 100,000 was expanding exponentially. Nueva Loja was the fastest growing municipality in the country due to the oil boom. The city's projected rate of growth would pass 150,000 at just the moment the oil ran out. And so, they decided to investigate how Nueva Loja might move beyond oil to an economy and urban pattern embracing renewed harmony with the natural environment and dedicated to creating an intensely humane and supportive place for its inhabitants.

368 pp., illus