Good morning from Barcelona (Spain)
Her letters came fast and furious and then stopped, with no explanation or goodbye.
My name is Emma Pujaedes and I’m contacting you because I was inspired by James Lovelock in the same way you were. I was doing some research on the internet to contact an architect with experience in the Arctic and sustaianble architecture and I found your blog. My plan was just like yours! To create a model of Arctic Sustainable Retreat in collaboration with scientists. Just the other day I send a letter to prof. James Lovelock in his Coombe Mill Experimental Station. In one interview to the Washington he said:
“People say, ‘Well, you’re 87, you won’t live to see this,’ ” he says. “I havey children, I have grandchildren, I wish none of this. But it’s our fate; we need to recognize it’s another wartime. We desperately need a Moses to take us to the Arctic and preserve civilization.”
In my letter to him, I mentioned that this Moses of the 21st century could take the form of Sir Richard Branson’s flair for entrepreneurship and his wisdom. I said that because I thought they’d make a good team, and because Sir Richard is his “fan”.
This morning, while I was looking for an architect I found the web: http://popsci.typepad.com/popsci/2007/08/luxury-in-space.htmlwhere it says that a model of polar city is due for 2012! Vow! is it really so? I strongly believe in the project of Arctic Sustainable Retreats, that is why I was planning just like you, to develop a model and try to show it to Sir Branson, to other investors or governments.
But I see that you’ve already done that!!! Is there a way I can join in this exciting adventure? I live in Spain now, but was planning to move. I’m really looking forward to hearing from you!
Hi again! I’ve been reading your blog and I thought that maybe you find it difficult to find investors because you mention that you think that they won’t be needed until 500 years. James Lovelock and more so there are a lot of scientists who say climate change is happening much more quickly. Actually prof. Lovelock said in 2008 “we have maximum 20 years before it hits the fan. So it’s not even next generation, it’s our generation who will see it happening. And Arctic retreats should be build now before shortages of water, energy, food etc happen Also, the IPCC did not take into account in his report the melting of permafrost. It’s now melting and releasing basts amounts of methane gas which is 25 more powerful then co2. It’s a bit unsettling.
How exciting!! I was not expecting such a quick reply! I didn’t mention earlier that I’m not a scientist, I’m a twenty eight year old lecture organizer. You mentioned that it’s been three years since the project stopped. Is that right? But I think that a lot of things have changed in this time, and at the moment there’s more awareness about climate change as It’s happening much more faster than expected.
A you know, Prof. Lovelock published another book since then, The vanishing face of Gaia. He says that nothing can be done to stop the consequences of climate change. If you type in www.youtube.com “corporate knights the vanishing face of gaia part three” it’ll appear a lecture prof. lovelock gave in Canada in 2009. I recommend watching part three and part five. I really believe that now is the time to try your project again. On the internet, which is where I found all the information, there’re more and more people who comment on the future development of the Arctic. I think it’s a question of time before it happens and it will probably be sooner than later. I think you opened the way, and in some web pages I read, they call you visionary! I have a few questions relataed to your project:
Is all this true?
The founders of the Polar Cities Research
Institute, led by a visionary futurist, have announced
that they will build a model polar city in Longyearbyen, Norway, with
construction set to begin in 2012 and “volunteer testing occupancy” in
The Model Polar City Project was set up in January 2008 by various
architects, civil engineers, industrial engineers, urban planners and
scientists from around the world. The founders have already made
initial contact with British, American, Japanese and UAE private
investors interested in investing in the project.
The first model Polar City will be built in Longyearbyen, Norway and
will be ready for its first volunteer residents in 2015. Construction
is scheduled to begin in 2012, according to project engineers.
-So, have you already got a plan of the city developed by professionals?
-Did the government of Norway give permission for building in Longyearbyen?
-British, American, Japanese and UAE private
investors were interested in investing in the project?
-Did you contact Sir Richard Branson?
Before I heard from you, my initial plan was to develop a business plan of Arctic Sustainable Retreats and present it to Sir Richard. I have faith that prof. Lovelock will pass his email. I just thought that maybe you could ask prof. Lovelock for Sir Richard’s email! After all they’re friends! Did you know that Sir. Richard invited him to a trip into space with Virgin Galactic when it operates? But before contacting Sir Richard we’d have to have a well defined project.
I was planing to find a professional architect with experience in Sustainable architecture and preferably with experience in northern latitudes to develop a plan for ASR with the collaboration of scientists. I would explain to them that it would all be part of a business plan to present it to Sir Richard, so we would not be working for money. If afterwards this turns into our job, then great. But all this changes if you say you already have an AST plan elaborated by professionals.
-What you mentioned about the media not wanting to publish. I think that the most important thing is to have a well defined project and I’m sure that we’ll find investors, as nowadays there’s more awareness of climate heating.
-What you said about: “but there is NO MONEY to be made from polar cities” so then investors are not interested. I think there’s a lot of money involved. If there’s an initial cost of say 500 million, if you sell it to 500 individuals for 2 million, investors have already made 500 million profit. With this I don’t mean that people who have access to this retreats would only be rich people. In the letter I send to prof.Lovelock I mention to him that Sir. Branson and him would be a very good team. I think that prof. Lovelock would be the best advisor for ARS:location, equipment, organization… You could also ask him if he could do that! for example how he envisages the retreat: as a small one or big. As one big thing or a several independent retreats located in the same area. This I think would reduce problems in organization and health.
In case we don’t find investors, which I’m sure we would, we could always form a team of (not working for money) architects, scientists, engineers etc and build a realistic plan for ASR. Then create a company called for example Arctic Retreats InvestmeThnts specialized in building retreats.
Thank you very much for your time!! I’m looking forward to your answer!
Hi Very interesting your emails!! I’m writing quickly to say that very likely I won’t be able to write until the evening because I’m very busy at the weekends! Just a quick thought: If we want to find investors I think that we need to focus in the present. See you later!!
Have a nice day!!
Letter Five? She never wrote again? Who was she and what was she talking about? Was she a rogue operative or an inquisitive talent scout? You be the judge.