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FB-10488-70

Robert C. Gay
University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Honolulu, HI 96822-2399)

Eco-community: In Search for a New Lifestyle

Application of ecological and humanistic understanding to the design of a community. Called "eco-community," some of the features would be; 1) physical proximity of the members of a primary group of 20-50 people; 2) much diminished car use; 3) strategies for reducing consumption of energy and resources, such as the informed, highly selective use of household goods, chemicals and services. A community in which the intimate primary group is geneuinely important in people's lives would encourage redefining the "good life" in terms of less consumption, more perception of the individual uniqueness, and more responsible membership in the ecological system. Fellow feels that as a teacher of environmental design he cannot teach merely the maintenance of present environmental patterns. Both urban and suburban practices in the US involve such social and ecological malfunctions as increasing framentation of human relationships and highly irresponsible interference with man's life-supporting ecological system. The root of these problems lie in a value system centered on the exploitation of nature for economic gain. Fellow received Bachelor of Architecture in 1967, does not plan to go on for any further degrees. Fellow plans two books, one for experts in city planning and urban development, the other for laymen.

Project fields:
Architecture; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$7,500 (approved)
$7,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 12/31/1970