Our idea was focus on changing the behaviour of people by rewarding positive actions and the transaction system was the footprint. Therefore we designed the tax form for 2050 with a balance that took into account the money that you earned and the earth that you used doing so. If your footprint was too large, you could buy footprint from other people, invest in sustainable energy or be active in the local community. A low footprint was profitable, because you could sell your metres or receive extra benefits such as education, free use of shared cars and help in your house. The introduction of the system has a consequence that people obtain their food, energy and other products in a different way and they use their house, neighbourhood, city and region in a different ways.
More information is available in Dutch:
– Presentation of the Eocbalance (Dutch only).
– Background information with facts, life styles in 2050, urban design, transition process, etc. (Dutch only)
Client : Municipality of Arnhem and Alliander
Execution : 2012
Program : expedition to create a vision and urban design