What is “embodied carbon” and how does our awareness of this element of society’s composition change our awareness of how we interact with nature?
Are there risks in the creation of “intelligent buildings” which are being ignored in these texts?
Can intelligent buildings be dumb in certain ways?
Is there a risk of abuse of power?
Are intelligent buildings window-dressing to allow capitalist architecture to persist without thorough reformation and shifts in production to reflect ecological balance?
What does it mean for a building to perform? How can multiple registers of usefulness to people and society be incorporated into such a notion?
How does the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of future pandemics affect plans of these kinds either at the more general level or in Prince George?
Are the findings of the West Bowl study generalizable to other places in BC? Or across Canada or globally?
Are these plans ambitious enough to drive down levels of energy consumption? What incentives do they emphasize to compensate people for using less energy when that is their prevailing habituation?
Are there threats to these plans because of NIMBYism? There has been a local revolt against New Westminster’s modest, needs-driven densification recently. Why wouldn’t Prince George be even more vehement?
What is the relationship between Prince George and surrounding Indigenous nations? Are there people other than the master-planners working on the place of these plans in a local-regional context?
What are the racial and class positions of persons living in the densest part of Prince George? How does that neighborhood compare to the less dense areas?
Are there historical factions which have quasi-monopolized local political and economic authority? How will those power relations influence the distribution of risk and costs arising from changes?
How will these changes interact with the local economy? Will prevailing sectors continue their place in the local economy? Or will changes create new economic patterns?
Will those be sustainable and continue to deliver lowered emissions?
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