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Oil Driven Design

Conventional Suburbia is the result of plentiful cheap oil and our dependence on it.

  • What will happen when that cheap oil runs out?
  • Will we be saved by technology?
  • Will we have to fend for ourselves?
  • What will the world our children inherit be like?

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The realities that our generation may face are overwhelming and are being trivialized by greenwashed arguments and products in almost every sector of society.

Suburbia, McMansions, our reliance on cars and trucks, food that travels thousands of miles to reach our supermarket shelves, all of this oil driven design is unsustainable.

It’s not about what light globe you purchase or whether you use plastic shopping bags, the issues are infinitely bigger than these feel good club-like campaigns. These build awareness but may also immunize many consumers from looking further at their lifestyles and changes that need to be made.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.