Walking the Walk

Urban design from the front lines

Kevin Klinkenberg

Using urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth

This site is for all those interested in the making of cities and towns, and especially the lives of the humans that inhabit them. Kevin Klinkenberg is an architect and urban designer who's practiced from coast-to-coast. 

Bad idea of the week

OK, it's not really new. But - Earthships

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world.

Honestly, if you want one of these to live in like a hobbit out in the country, that's your prerogative. But this kind of fantasy-house of green design (some of which is not really useful) has no place in cities. It perfectly illustrates the "gizmo green" mentality that dominates too much of the effort in the world of sustainable design. It's been said many times before, but the single best thing anyone can do to be more "green" is live somewhere that you don't need a car. Walkable communities are far greener than any Xanadu-inspired green home.

Have a  look, and especially read the comments if you think I'm overly negative.