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BOREALIS - THE LIVING UNIVERSITY OF THE NORTH

APPLICATION TO WORLD MILLENNIUM
PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS

STAGE I  :  PROJECT EASEL : THE EXPERIMENTAL URBAN MODULE

 SUMMARY of the BOREALIS PROJECT 

 

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     In this project we face the challenge of planning a new city to meet Alberta's and Canada's urban explosion. Accepting as premises that:     1.) the urbanization process must become more decentralized;      2.) the settlement of sparsely populated regions must take on a more coherent human occupation;      3.) the shortage of decent , unpolluted, living conditions is large;      4.) the rapid and chaotic growth of present cities has resulted in a noisy and confused setting where human enjoyment and fulfillment are being greatly diminished;      5) only through full experimentation in new settings can we draw new lines of action, we are led to the conclusion that new cities - experimental places for a more acceptable urban life - have to be started all over the world and that Canada, with her high rate of urbanization together with large, under-populated regions, is an exceptionally suitable place.

     Such an experimental city, in order not to fall into the same traps of our present cities, would have to take into account the following parameters:

1.) It will always be centered around and for man and be a product of human needs of expression in space;

2.) City growth will follow a certain organizational pattern and eventually reach a limit;

3.) It will be a total unit completing itself, as is a building;

4.) It must lay on the earth in such a way that a harmonious symbiotic relationship is established between the two kinds of environments: urban and natural (human and natural)

5) It must be energy saving rather than waste producing and recycle most of that same energy.

     With these basic considerations, we present here a very general outline of ideas for this city, all of which require further research and study.

This project has been underway for over 28 years and has the following steps:

Preliminary Phase I (completed)

Preliminary Phase II (present stage)

Stage I - Research and Planning

Stage II - Construction of the experimental Urban Module/Community.  

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