Tyler Caine, a LEED-accredited architect practicing in New York City with COOKFOX Architects, won a blogging competition hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company. The point of the competition is to drive international discussion about the role cities can have on sustainable development, according to a report on The Gulf Today. As the winner, Caine has an opportunity to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week later this month. An excerpt from his blog post, written as a futurist newswire report, appears below.
Urbanity 2050 by Tyler Caine
Associated Press – October 17th, 2050 – New York, NY
Yesterday afternoon, New York City’s administrators reported that the city has reached its goal of resource neutrality. This is a culmination of a multi-decade effort marred by numerous setbacks, including the Hurricane Katie in 2017 and Superstorm Heather in 2032. With less than two months before the end of the year deadline New York joins several international urban centers in completing the challenge set forth during the 2016 Sochi Accord. The Accord countered the once widely accepted practice of structuring cities as dense sinks of resources, requiring outlying rural and suburban land to survive.
The Big Apple was not the first city to achieve its dynamic equilibrium with the biosphere, but it is the largest in the United States. Contrary to early 21st century beliefs, post-industrial cities provided the flexibility necessary to become resource neutral. Several cities have already surpassed the goals of the Sochi Accord and achieved the coveted “Net Positive” rating from the USGBC’s LEED “Mid-Millennium” rating system.
New York’s Mayor, Sasha Rodriguez, commented on the city’s long road. “The beginnings of success came from acknowledging the city as a system of systems. There was no silver bullet, but the exponential leaps in efficiency came from helping multiple systems evolve together and letting them benefit from each other’s progress.”