Kim Gyr Mr.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Michigan & 6 years on the faculty at the Swiss campus of Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.
My heart stopped for 10 minutes as my forehead was being sutured under a general anesthetic following a car accident in Kenya, Africa, the effect of which was a "restart" to my brain that required me to reassemble and rebuild ALL of the knowledge and skills that I had acquired previously! This was just prior to my immigration to Britain on the day of my 28th birthday, just as it was sinking into the 1981/82 recession with its loss of over 3 million jobs in the UK.
The 6.6 miles that I then staggered, walked and jogged 92 times in the next 15 months for a total of over 600 miles to regain the abilities to walk, speak and remember, also gave me important insights into what we must do to make the world 100% sustainable, in 1981-2! Since I had also to improve my memory at that time, I simply noted the designs for a sustainable future that I imagined as I jogged every evening, in the journal that I kept to improve my short-term memory, and to note that I had staggered/jogged home that day.
Those images are available with explanatory text by email at email@example.com, having come with me as I ran my own design company in England within 6 ½ years of the accident, and as a professor at one of the world’s best regarded university-level design schools, 2½ years after that. At that time, I could win games of Trivial Pursuits (= long-term memory) and not remember the names of those that I was playing with (= short-term memory), while using my child-like mind to imagine the 100% sustainable future that still seems even more obligatory for us all!
I have continued both the thoughts and the research to investigate how we might enable a world of 7.9 billion people, now under COVID-19, to live on the resources that only supported 1.6 billion in 1900, before we began to use petroleum as we do today. Designing and building “Linear Cities” that run north to south, at right angles to the prevailing westerly winds in the Northern Hemisphere, with wind turbines along their rooflines to capture the cheapest and most abundant form of solar energy very close to where it is used, and in proximity to open farmland so that everyone can walk 10 minutes into fields to raise their own food as they like without using a drop of oil, may give our children the same promise that our parents gave us!
We all know that our children are the future, in fact they are the “genetic reincarnations” of both their parents, carrying half of the DNA of each, but too many of us still abuse them, and abuse the women who give them to us, especially in these difficult economic times! A dose of the same realities that I faced may help us all to give our children the best of the future, AND to use the world’s remaining petroleum as wisely as possible, to build an infrastructure that will support the world’s future populations 100% sustainably, for eternity!
We are the drivers of that possibility, and the sooner more of us wake up to the creation of such a zero petroleum, 100% sustainable existence, the more of us there will be alive 1000, 10,000, and 100,000 years from now to enjoy it!