All living creatures play a strategic role in the biodiversity that sustains the planet as a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The richer the diversity, the greater the strength and resilience. When changes are slow there is opportunity for compensating balances to take place. But with the vast amount of development taking place around the world, rapidly, in different topographies and climates, no one really knows the full extent of the damage. As Jaan Suurküla reported in 2004 to Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology: “The world’s ecosystem has been kept in balance through a very complex and multifaceted interaction between a huge number of species. The rapid extinction rate is therefore likely to precipitate collapse of ecosystems at a global scale.”
Existing within the ecosystem, human operate with their cumulative effects. Our immeasurable production of waste and pollution on soil, air and water has extended to a point that threatened back to our life and living. Those waste and pollution has been absorbed and swallowed by plants and animals, which then serving as food on the tables and eventually end up in human’s bodies and damaging human’s health. Climate change is also the irreversible result of such human effects.
As decades of attempts at local remedies have made clear, a more holistic approach is required. Cities still suffer the same problems, only bigger, more serious and increasingly debilitating. We offer in this Vertical City book and website an alternative urban form that incorporates the basic principles of sustainability as its starting point.
By perfecting the key ideas behind our prototype through trial-and-error testing and analysis, and by applying the lessons learned, we believe that this could well be the beginning of a new era of truly sustainable development.
人类在生态系统中起着重要作用。我们对土壤、空气及水资源造成的不可估量的废物与污染，已经达到了危险我们自己生存的地步。各种废物及污染被植物和动物所吸收及吞食 -- 这些动植物终将成为我们自己的食物 -- 对人类健康产生危害。再加上气候改变所造成的各种不可逆转后果，最后遭殃的必将是人类自己。