• Infrastructure is a land multiplier

    by  • June 15, 2010 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    A “force multiplier” increases the relative effectiveness of a fighting force. A gun, for example, is a force multiplier.

    Infrastructure is a land multiplier.

    For example, at five people per acre, about the maximum possible sustinable density for high intensity organic agriculture, Greater London can support about 1/4 of its current population. Therefore the “land multiplier” for Greater London is 4. (or possibly more if you count the skills of high intensity agriculture as infrastructure)

    A simple idea, but one which really puts modeling tools for understanding infrastructure into sharp focus.

    See Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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