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Fuel by John Knechtel
Book DescriptionHow will the world work in the pos-toil, post-coal future? Our transition could take the form of disastrous collapses in economic, political, and economic systems--or of a radical reinvention of energy. We could relapse into a new Dark Ages, or we could shift to a new economic model and international order that's not based on (the appropriately named) "fossil" fuels but on renewable energy. No matter what, global warming and resource scarcity will force us to do something. To avert environmental and economic disaster, we'll have to think beyond the weekly fluctuations in the price of gasoline and consider larger matters. In Fuel, writers and artists imagine the transition to a carbon-free future: an architect plans "Velo-city," a network of elevated bikeways; a designer models a perfectly internalized, tail-chasing energy system; an urbanist examines the new "Oil Cities" in Dubai and Saudi Arabia; a photographer documents the social and environmental damage done by the oil industry in Nigeria; and an architect proposes that oil rigs be turned into sanctuaries for marine and avian wildlife. Reading Fuel, we read our current energy moment in the broader context of a range of possible futures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262113250
(159mm x 120mm x 25mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Knechtel
Water, Hardback (September 2009)
Writers and artists offer new perspectives on water, with writings and projects that touch on subjects ranging from new water infrastructures to the bliss of bathing.
Food, Hardback (November 2007)
Food is essential to our sense of place and our sense of self, but our food habits are shifting. This book examines and imagines these changes, with projects by writers and artists that explore cultural and emotional resonance of food, from the "everyday Dada" of mashed potatoes and Jell-O to rocket science of food eaten by astronauts in space.
Suspect, Hardback (March 2006)
Essays, graphic novels, films, and commentary examine the figure of the suspect and the politics of suspicion in a post-9/11 world.
Air, Hardback (October 1910)» View all books by John Knechtel
Writers, artists, and scholars consider the fragility of air, the ultimate commons.
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Author Biography - John Knechtel
John Knechtel is Director of Alphabet City Media in Toronto.
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