Emer O’Siochru – Proximity Principle in Rural Planning and Development; integrating energy, food, soil fertility, carbon mitigation and shelter.

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Emer O’Siochru believes that the proximity principle has to be turned on its head if communities are to become sustainable. She argued that, instead of bringing similar activities closer together to reap the benefits of scale and agglomeration, different activities should be beside each other to be more energy- and carbon-efficient. She wants new, low-carbon food, energy and shelter production systems to be integrated locally to transform and invigorate rural communities.

Emer O’Siochru is a qualified Architect and Valuation Surveyor, Development and Planning. She is a founder and current board member of Feasta. Emer is director of EOS Future Design which designs and develops sustainable systems and settlements. She also is serving as Project Manager for the Smart Tax Network for policy development led by Feasta, funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.


Recorded on day three of The New Emergency Conference: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World. Held on 10-12 June 2009, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland.

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