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The negative side effects of fossil fuel use are becoming increasingly apparent and costly. Erratic weather events, growing risks for low-lying coastal areas, and unexpected feed-back loops have raised questions about the sustainability of our oil dependence and the size of our carbon footprint especially in densely populated urban areas. At the same time, urban populations continue to grow rapidly. City life, especially over the past 50 years, has been very oil dependent. From buildings, to mobility, to heating and cooling systems, to meeting the water and food demand of high density urban populations, cities run on oil.
How then can we envision the post oil city of the future? What does such a city look like? Can cities really function without oil? How would they solve their mobility needs? How will buildings be heated and air-conditioned? If not oil, then through what means can cities function efficiently and effectively to meet the needs of their residents?
Presented by CAUSES and the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Post Oil City Workshops will be embedded in the Post Oil Exhibition, a large exhibit that presents solutions for the Post Oil City as envisioned by architects, planners, designers and engineers from 10different countries. Three key topics will shape the Post Oil City workshops: mobility, energy and water, and food security. Each of the topics will be discussed by panelists representing federal government agencies, district agencies, the private and non-profit sector, and individual residents.
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