The Eco Block
UC Berkeley professor presents radical green urban planning idea
on February 5, 2009
Traditional urban development has depended on a centralized infrastructure system - power plants, water treatment plants, sewage, waste removal, and highways. At the
US China Green Energy Forum in Beijing, Prof. Harrison Fraker, Dean of Environmental Design Engineering at UC Berkeley, demonstrates a revolutionary new idea of "EcoBlocks", a circular, micro utility ecosystem that generates energy, processes waste and recycles water onsite. With support from Siemens and Cisco, two EcoBlock prototypes are being initiated for comparative purposes, one in Tianjin, China as part of its Eco-City development, and the other in Mountain View, California.
Tags: EcoBlock, biomimicry, Harrison Fraker, green building, urban planning