Our college is starting to really drill sustainability into it's architecture students. We've already heard stories about successful sustainable sites.
However, I recently heard a story about a group of people that wanted to basically live as green as possible and almost like Native Tribes... However the local government stepped in and was upset that these people weren't a part of the "grid" and weren't tapped into the water supply or power supply. (Not to mention they didn't have a main road leading to them)
Should this be stopped? Should we stop requiring places to be connected to the "grid"? Isn't all this just a convenience rather than an absolute necessity?
Shouldn't cities not have a say in whether a building is connected or not?