Yes, sure, it's all theoretical. I'm under no illusions that governments care what finley thinks. And you're right that Taiwan is on the outer limits of feasibility for what I'm suggesting. However, you'll note that Taiwan is in a demographic contraction phase. I'd say Taiwan could sustainably support 10-15 million. 26m (or whatever it is) would be tough, but not impossible.
Ecological footprints will be there no matter if we live in a high rise or low rise dwelling.
Yes indeed. That's exactly what I'm saying. Your high-rise residence currently represents about 1% of your ecological footprint. We need to reduce our total footprint.
How much extra piping and electrical connections and parking space and broadband and even concrete for walls and floors we would need let alone space? ...
I'm not suggesting that we eliminate high-rises, move to low-rises, and leave all our existing systems and methods exactly the same
. That would obviously be a recipe for disaster. You recognise, for example, that:
The problem with buildings of ALL types in Taiwan is they don't have proper design and materials for the climate.
I'm experimenting (on a small scale) with rammed earth construction. This is a fascinating technique because (if done right) it maintains internal temperature and humidity at comfortable levels. A well-built rammed-earth building can last for a century or more; in dry climates, some have stood for millennia and are still in use
. The material can also be completely recycled. Concrete is neither long-lasting nor recyclable. All
of our other systems would have to change. Water and power would have to use distributed methods instead of being delivered from point sources. Communications would rely more heavily on microwave (line-of-sight radio) links. Transport would have to be an order of magnitude more efficient so that it could be PV-powered, and mostly automated. Workplaces would be integrated with living spaces, rather than separated for no good reason except laws about zoning. The list is endless, but that's what economic development is all about. The opportunities are incredible for a country with the space and the vision to experiment and develop new ways of doing things.
Anybody who lives in Taiwan can see that wherever there is concrete and road wildlife generally retreats and disappears.
Then the answer, surely, is to develop solutions and systems which don't involve concrete and road.