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Love the ideal, but thin on substance and slow to start
on 28 September 2013
The concept put forward by these authors is admirable and clearly the way for industrialisation to move. However, if you were hoping for a book packed with practical ideas of how things could change, rather than just concepts, you will be disappointed.
The first half (yes half) of the book could be condensed to just a few pages. It sets out how bad the current way of doing things is, but is extremely depressing (to the point where you start wondering how any of us are still alive!) and in fact just says the same thing in numerous different ways. I think in the entire first half of the book, there were only actually two positive suggestions of what might be done differently, and these were very brief. One was the turf on the roof concept, so nothing new there.
I would suggest just skipping the first half of the book. In summary, what we do now is less than good.
The second half of the book starts to actually outline what the authors suggest as an alternative and the book does improve. Nonetheless, the vast majority of the offerings are highly conceptual in nature rather than actual practical ideas or things that could be implemented. If we could move to cars that functioned like purifying trees, then great, but anyone can suggest that. Actually suggesting some technology that could do this, now that would be something else.