Our Plan of Action
We’re hoping to be able to fund the construction of several test houses and buildings in controlled land that we will have access to in order to test our ideas. These houses will serve as labs and platforms to test out all kinds of new materials, energy systems, assembly techniques, and vegetation to determine which configuration and building model best suits the local conditions in the least harmful way. But first, we are bringing renowned sustainability experts Jan Wampler and Bernard Amadei to Cyprus to help lead design and engineering studios. These studios will help inform the design of any test structures that we do.
We are then lobbying the European Union’s governments and corporations for funding, products and materials to subsidize these technologies and building models to returning citizens of the ghost city. Finally, we’re documenting these core environmental principles and initiatives in video and print form to inform the people of the island as well as people globally that the options and opportunities exist.
How You Can Help
Outside of funding, we could use a lot of volunteers in the U.S., in Cyprus, and elsewhere. We are a small team and we need people with expertise in a wide range of areas: gardeners, website developers, engineers, architects, masons, carpenters, database administrators, mechanics, economists, botanists, urban planners, psychologists, waste management and recycling specialists, child development specialists, farmers, bee keepers, the list goes on and on.
You can weigh in on: Research and testing; education and advocacy; media and outreach.
Despite the economic hardships that are being endured on the island on both sides of the divide, this is a very exciting time for Cyprus. This project, and the grassroots movement that is swelling up because of it, represents a shift in Cypriot consciousness. Cypriots are no longer waiting for outsiders to come in and fix things. They are waking up and taking charge of their own future and destiny. We want to empower them with the right information.
However, despite the excitement, there is anxiety and nervousness about the timing of negotiations between Cyprus and Turkey, which are currently underway. If we are not successful in forming an unstoppable movement, if we cannot rally enough support for an environmentally responsible solution towards development that will benefit all communities, then we fear that the island will be stuck in the same pattern of conflict and mistrust that has plagued it for generations.
There are not many places in the world that get a second chance at a fresh start. We want to save what makes Cyprus such a beautiful place. The planning of this eco-city seems to be more epic and urgent than the actual act of rebuilding it, but it’s key to setting the right path towards progress. If you’d like to join us, check out the Eco City Project and learn more about us on the BBC.
This project is part of GOOD's series Push for Good—our guide to crowdsourcing creative progress.