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Christie Walk: A Piece Of Ecocity (2011)

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A Piece of Ecocity is an inspiring 2-part film about one of the only inner-city eco-housing projects in the world. It is a great example of what could be possible everywhere. 

Part 1 is an introductory 10 minute overview which outlines the multiple community and environmental benefits of eco-cities.

Part 2 is a 35-minute movie that is a virtual tour of Christie Walk, integrating the environmental themes of: energy, water, recycling, biodiversity, food, transport, (energy-efficient) building design and materials and the role of community.

Ecological cities enable their residents to live a good quality of life while using minimal natural resources. They do so by:

-using local materials, and local energy, air and water flows (sunlight, wind and rain) to best advantage.

-incorporating natural ecosystems into urban areas, to host local wildlife, and to enhance the experience of urban public spaces.

-using vegetation to control urban microclimates – to stabilise temperature and humidity.

-enhancing the life of the community and relationships between people, by creating convivial social environments.

-supporting an innovative culture which enables people to flourish and develop their creative potential, and use new technologies to improve liveability

More info: 
What is an Ecocity? - Christie Walk - Other eco-developments  
Roof gardens - How to build an Ecocity - Topics - Articles - PDF Study

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