In the next series of blogs I’d like to point to core principles that could inform a Planet of Integral Cities.

Planet of Cities

The first place I start is with Planet. Bucky Fuller called our Planet, Spaceship Earth. This draws my attention to the family of planets we belong to orbiting in our Solar System, within our Milky Way Galaxy and speeding through the Cosmos of (apparently expanding) Space/Time.

The second view I take, comes from James Lovelock who calls our Planet, Gaia. He reminds us that Earth is a Living System; that through her evolution, she has emerged expressions and patterns of Cosmological and Biological information, energy and matter. Furthermore he acknowledges that humans have a special evolutionary contribution to make to Gaia, as her “reflective organ”.

Thirdly I think about the City as the collective habitat of the human species. It is an Anthropocentric creation. I think about the city as the most complex system that humans have yet created.

I appreciate these three spheres as the basic A-B-C realities (as formulated by Integral Geographer, Dr. Brian Eddy) for framing a set of Principles for a Planet of Cities :

  • Cosmosphere
  • Biosphere
  • Anthroposphere

Let’s see where this starting point leads us in discovering the Core Principles for a Planet of Integral Cities.