Lion's Field Events
Monthly films and presentations for your edification and enjoyment
Wednesday, January 28th: Water — Vista Ridge Update
Peggy Day, Alamo Group Chair, along with Conservation Committee Co-Chairs Meredith McGuire and Terry Burns, will tackle the recently approved Vista Ridge Pipeline including discussions of:
- Abengoa & Blue Water (Vista Ridge consortium) issues; the originating aquifer issues and its groundwater districts; more pipeline questions, its San Antonio connections, and sustainability issues other than water
- SAWS rates' update and how Vista Ridge would be paid for; can San Antonio afford Vista Ridge water without over-burdening the majority of residents with its costs; more information and questions about SAWS rate-restructuring (that, if approved by the City Council in mid-2015, will go into effect in 2016, regardless of whether the Vista Ridge project goes forward)
- why future development propelled by Vista Ridge water would be so bad for the Edwards Aquifer, why that future development would be completely unsustainable for San Antonio, and why it fails to prepare the City for resilience in the face of rapidly increasing Climate Change
- "best practices" and other innovations employed by other cities to expand and protect their water supply more sustainably (and more affordably) than SAWS' Vista Ridge and/or continuing current San Antonio practices (such as using aquifer water for irrigation and industrial/business uses that don't require potable water).
Wednesday, February 25th: Images of the West
Gary and Michelle Krysztopik have been traveling in the West and will present images of creative sustainable ideas that they spotted plus new design concepts. They also have interesting images of changes to landscape, including extreme weather events. Come welcome Gary and Michelle as they fill us in on what they saw.
Wednesday, March 25th: The Human Scale
This documentary visits dynamic urban environments for new inspiration under leadership of Jan Gehl, architect, who focuses on public spaces and public life in megacities. He is concerned, among other things, about how to made large cities more pedestrian friendly. Film is by Andreas M. Dalsgaard.
Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for 40 years. Andreas M. Dalsgaard’s beautiful cinematic tour of the world’s metropolises uses Gehl’s research to argue that putting people, instead of motor vehicles, at the centre of city planning could allow us to build intimate and inclusive environments that will mitigate many of the challenges city dwellers face today.
The documentary visits dynamic urban environments such as Dhaka’s clogged main roads (where rickshaws are banned), pedestrianization initiatives and impromptu happenings in New York, Melbourne’s suburban sprawl, and post earthquake reconstruction in Christchurch to explore the problems, challenges and possible outcomes for urban development. The human cityscapes are a delight to watch, and the interviews with city officials, planners and architects are concise and keep the pace engaging. Read more: Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers
Wednesday, April 22nd: Cadillac Desert
We will view one of four films in the Cadillac Desert series. A paradigm shift for water usage will be necessary and important in our region in the future.