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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

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.

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