Future City

Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design

Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities

Editors: Pickett, Steward, Cadenasso, M.L., McGrath, Brian (Eds.)

  • Communicates sound, up-to-date ecological principles to the urban design community to help improve the ecological function of designed and built landscapes
  • Identifies novel environmental research directions needed to support basic urban ecology as well as sustainable and resilient urban design
  • Articulates new criteria for assessing good ecological urban design while engaging the design imagination
  • Contributions by leading voices in the design and ecological communities
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The contributors to this volume propose strategies of urgent and vital importance that aim to make today’s urban environments more resilient. Resilience, the ability of complex systems to adapt to changing conditions, is a key frontier in ecological research and is especially relevant in creative urban design, as urban areas exemplify complex systems. With something approaching half of the world’s population now residing in coastal urban zones, many of which are vulnerable both to floods originating inland and rising sea levels, making urban areas more robust in the face of environmental threats must be a policy ambition of the highest priority.

The complexity of urban areas results from their spatial heterogeneity, their intertwined material and energy fluxes, and the integration of social and natural processes. All of these features can be altered by intentional planning and design. The complex, integrated suite of urban structures and processes together affect the adaptive resilience of urban systems, but also presupposes that planners can intervene in positive ways. As examples accumulate of linkage between sustainability and building/landscape design, such as the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park and Toronto’s Lower Don River area, this book unites the ideas, data, and insights of ecologists and related scientists with those of urban designers. It aims to integrate a formerly atomized dialog to help both disciplines promote urban resilience.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • Ecology of the City as a Bridge to Urban Design

    Pickett, S. T. A. (et al.)

    Pages 7-28

  • Three Tides: The Development and State of the Art of Urban Ecological Science

    Cadenasso, M. L. (et al.)

    Pages 29-46

  • Social Dynamics and Sustainable Urban Design

    Boone, Christopher G.

    Pages 47-61

  • Integral Urbanism: A Context for Urban Design

    Ellin, Nan

    Pages 63-78

  • Landscape as Method and Medium for the Ecological Design of Cities

    Nassauer, Joan Iverson

    Pages 79-98

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-5343-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design
Book Subtitle
Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities
Editors
  • Steward Pickett
  • M.L. Cadenasso
  • Brian McGrath
Series Title
Future City
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5341-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5341-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5340-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-5343-3
Series ISSN
1876-0899
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 499
Number of Illustrations and Tables
55 b/w illustrations, 127 illustrations in colour
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