A Diagrammatic Self-sufficient Urban Structure

Balancing life at Taraldrud-Kolbotn

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

The Earth is a spaceship – a closed system with finite resources. We are currently 7 billion people consuming 1,5 earths, with 3,5 billion of them living in cities. In 2050 there will be 6,3 billion city dwellers. How we choose to organize our lives in these vast new urban areas is vital to limiting the impossible growth in resource consumption.

Producing basic resources such as food and energy locally provides resilience in an ever-changing world. The project presents a tool, method and structure – a framework for life in cities – reconnecting the people with their life-supporting functions.

This framework was tested by designing a new city for 155k people at Taraldrud-Kolbotn with trains, trams and bicycles as the main mobility solutions.


Isaak Elias Skjeseth Bashevkin  |  isaak.elias@gmail.com | Isaak.no | +47 97 67 95 15