The subway platform doors open and spew them out at two minute intervals, like they are a virus multiplying more quickly than the trains can purge them from the system.
I am one of those people.
I am a virus.
I feel like I'm in the Matrix when I say that.
It's been a while since I had one of my pensive moods and channeled it into my blog. If you haven't been reading long, be prepared not to understand much of what I write. I am, after all, clinically moody. Ha.
I worked at Samsung C&T in the Engineering & Construction half for 14 months as a global consultant, which is euphemistic for English teacher. During that time, I learned a lot about architectural engineering and the construction field that I would otherwise not have known. I also met my current boyfriend, who is an architectural engineering major. Thus, I am more knowledgeable on the subject than I was two years ago, when I knew nothing except that I liked modern architecture and hated crown moldings and other symbols of faux opulence. One thing I've learned a lot about is green architecture and how important it is.
The bad guy in The Matrix was right: humans are a virus.
We devour resources and land without realizing we are dooming ourselves to eventual extinction. We are a boom and bust growth population, as I learned in high school and university biology. Basically, we overpopulate like bunnies and then realize that we used up all our food and we quickly die off of starvation, leaving a tiny population that moves or grows with the natural replenishment of food. But we can't replenish the food if we've screwed up the planet. Thus the future has only a few choices for us: die off, emigrate to another planet, or find a way around the problem.
The thing that makes humans unique is our ability to problem solve. And what looks like the best solution is green cities. These cities would be like man-made mountains, run by renewable energy and looking on the inside somewhat like Zion would look like if it were above ground and pretty. Yes, I'm still referencing The Matrix. It's not that I'm a huge nerd- I'm just a medium sci-fi nerd- but The Matrix does posit a conceivable future to a certain extent. Fortunately, the trend in concept cities is green, not underground, as you can see here. Here are a few of my favorites. The first in Seoul, and the second just a concept as far as I know.
|Gwanggyo Power Center, Seoul (planning)|
|Lilypad Floating City|