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It’s OK, Germaine has the answer

by mel starrs on August 1, 2007

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Germaine Greer (yes, the feminist) has solved the world’s building problems with just over 1000 words. In the Guardian. Why? I have no idea what purpose this serves. Plus Jane Jacobs said it all a lot better and with significantly greater authority.

Germaine might want to think about physics and math, too:

Following Lloyd Wright’s basic concept of the tree/house, we begin with the tap root that anchors the structure to the earth; this can be used for geothermal heating, hugely reducing the building’s carbon footprint as well as the cost of living in it. The height of the building stands in direct relation to the depth of its tap root, at a ratio of about 10:1. The building could be covered with photovoltaic cells that provide more than sufficient power for all the residents’ needs, the surplus of which, fed back into the grid, would provide income for essential maintenance.

Germaine, have you heard of shadows and orientation?

What is it about the industry that invites opinion from outsiders? What do they think we are all doing here? Staring out the window, waiting for Germaine to uncover FLW’s masterstroke of genius? Hmphhh.

edit: BTW, I’m not disagreeing with the message of building upwards, necessarily. I just object to sloppy journalism touting PV and geothermal as salves without proper quantification.

  • mark brinkley

    You are right, Mel. I saw GG making this pitch on BBC2 last week and I came away with the impression that she is completely dotty. It seems that if you are a celeb, it gives you the right to say whatever you want and to receive a platform, be it TV or the Guardian. She is a very engaging presenter, but that doesn’t mean she is talking sense.

  • mark brinkley

    You are right, Mel. I saw GG making this pitch on BBC2 last week and I came away with the impression that she is completely dotty. It seems that if you are a celeb, it gives you the right to say whatever you want and to receive a platform, be it TV or the Guardian. She is a very engaging presenter, but that doesn’t mean she is talking sense.