CALIFIA: Bay Area EcoCity
About the Califia Project:
Califia is a proposed 10,000-person ecocity to be built in the San Francisco metropolitan region over the next ten to fifteen years. The Green Century Institute is developing the general proposal for the project and seeking partners for this world class sustainable development.
• Model Ecocity Development: Create a living example of an ecologically and economically sustainable urban development that leverages the evolutionary culture of Northern California in a real estate development integrating advanced green design features, network-facilitated community development, and forward thinking partnerships with private, non-profit, commercial, and civic institutions.
· Green Community Network Hub: Develop Califia in concert with a network of ecological community projects around the world, sharing solutions for proven green development methodologies.
Development Process Goals:
Financing: Develop pioneering community-based financing and development approaches, and strategic public/private partnerships.
Ecology: Focus on sustainable and/or regenerative design solutions wherever possible in answering Califia's fundamental questions regarding energy use, food production, construction techniques/materials, transportation, etc
Values: Propagate the interdependent values of social justice and ecological sustainability.
Social: Use social network enhanced decision-making processes for accelerated project development, including sustainable lifestyle guidelines and systems, and the ongoing function and evolution of the Califia community.
Creativity: Encourage biomimetic design, aesthetics and lifestyles.
The concept of Califia emerged out of the research and development work of the Green Century Institute as a further evolution of various first generation eco-city design implementations across the globe, among them GCI partner projects Arcosanti in central Arizona and Auroville in Southern India. Drawing partially upon these eco-city implementations as well as their theoretical backing, we envision Califia as a leading edge eco-development joining next generation green architectural design principles and information systems into integral human living environments for the 21st century. Key to the design will be the innovative social meshwork underlying it, which will be implemented in a flexible mixed-use project combining traditional and cohousing-style residential development – a full suite of community, commercial, and social spaces to maximize human potential and group interactions.
(from left): Climate Zone 1 (1976), Arcosanti 2000 (1993), Nudging Space Arcology (2000) - Model arcologies designed by Paolo Soleri.
(from left): Canal City, Fukuoka, Japan (1996),
Core Pacific City, Taipai, Taiwan (2001, under construction),
Santa Fe Town Center, Mexico City, Mexico (1993, proposed) -
Urban design projects developed by Jon Jerde's Jerde Partnership
Features and Components of Califia
within 30 minutes of San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan
use: 50% living, 25% commercial/public, 25% public/circulation/services
development from the US Green Building Counsel (www.usgbc.org)
design and technology features
capital" real estate investment programs
horticulture and permaculture - farms, greenhouses, parks,
arts center / Art
and spiritual practice center
tech research laboratories / Museum
of Information Design - sponsored by Bay Area technology
Community Network headquarters and meeting facilities
leaders in urban design, Paolo Soleri's Cosanti Foundation and
Jon Jerde's Jerde Partnership International, are making significant
in-kind contributions to the conception and design of Califia.
Other Active Advisors for the Califia project, such as Liz Burdock
and Martin Samuels, are pioneering sustainable development of
new communities through a variety of significant initiatives.
renowned for his ecological design ideas, built Arcosanti in
central Arizona, a mixed-use model arcology or "urban laboratory"
as he calls it in central Arizona.
Jerde Partnership International in
Los Angeles, founded by Jon Jerde, is currently considered the
leading urban design firm internationally. With over 100 major
projects around the world, including several billion dollar-plus
mixed use developments in major urban centers such as Tokyo,
Taipai, Seoul, Mexico City and Rotterdam. Soleri and Jerde are
both contributing early conceptual designs for Califia. GCI
plans to involve both groups in broader feasibility research
and design development as the project's funding program evolves.
Burdock, VP of Sustainable Development, Dutko Group,
Washington, D.C., former Director of PATH program for sustainable
development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development