Ecopolis Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate
- ISBN: 9781402084966
XIX, 607 p. online resource.
- Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : 2009.
|Formatted Contents Note:||Propositions, Theory and Practice -- The Ground Plan -- An Epistemology for Urban Ecology -- Architecture, Urbanism and Ecological Perspectives -- Weavers of Theory -- The Aesthetics of Ecopolis -- Finding Fractals: Identifying Elements of the Ecocity -- Building Fractals: Ecopolis Projects in Australia -- Towards a Theoretical Synthesis -- Synthesis I: City Ecology -- Synthesis II: EcoDevelopment -- Synthesis III: Education, Advocacy and Activism -- Synthesis IV: The SHED Sustainable Human Ecological Development -- Our Cities, Our Selves.|
|Summary, etc.:||From 2008, for the first time in human history, half of the world's population now live in cities. Yet despite a wealth of literature on green architecture and planning, there is to date no single book which draws together theory from the full range of disciplines - from architecture, planning and ecology - which we must come to grips with if we are to design future cities which are genuinely sustainable. Paul Downton's Ecopolis takes a major step along this path. It highlights the urgent need to understand the role of cities as both agents of change and means of survival, at a time when climate change has finally grabbed world attention, and it provides a framework for designing cities that integrates knowledge - both academic and practical - from a range of relevant disciplines. Identifying key theorists, practitioners, places and philosophies, the book provides a solid theoretical context which introduces the concept of urban fractals, and goes on to present a series of design and planning tools for achieving Sustainable Human Ecological Development (SHED). Combining knowledge from diverse fields to present a synthesis of urban ecology, the book will provide a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in architecture, construction, planning, geography and the traditional life sciences. Dr Paul Downton is a practising architect in Sempahore, Australia.|
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