Texas’s future rests on sustainable development enriched by global information sharing. Because our eco-zones actually represent repeated human-environment relationships that exist throughout the world, a pattern book of related experience can be drawn. This captured wisdom, these “protoMetrics,” provides an applied framework, connecting, for example, our coastal problems to those of the rest of the world’s coastal dwellers. We find carbon-balanced cements, renewable-energy-converted oil rigs, buildings withstanding 175-miles-per-hour winds, soil enhancement via seawater, shore stabilization using wind energy, all examples gleaned from our protoPartners throughout the world.

Fisk and Vittori are the co-directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin.

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