Patrick Condon’s Rule 7 for sustainable communities: Invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.
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“Road and stormwater infrastructure often destroys the ecological function of the land that supports it and burdens home buyers and taxpayers through its cost to install, maintain and replace,” writes Patrick Condon in his latest book, Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.
“An alternative to this grey, expensive and heavy infrastructure is ‘green infrastructure’ for roads and drainage. Green infrastructure is defined herein as roads and drainage systems that work with, and not against, natural systems. It manifests itself in a set of engineering and construction standards that make road and drainage infrastructure lighter, greener, cheaper and smarter.”
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Posted October 2010