Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands

Urban Galapagos

Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems

Editors: Kvan, Thomas, Karakiewicz, Justyna (Eds.)

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  • Takes complex adaptive systems from theory to practice
  • Delivers insights in resilient cities applicable globally
  • Establishes coupled natural urban systems as a tool for research and design
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This book addresses the future of urbanisation on the Galapagos Islands from a systems, governance and design perspective with the competing parameters of liveability, economic and ecological, using the Galapagos as a laboratory for the theoretical and postulative understanding of evolving settlement and habitation.

The Galapagos islands are one of the world’s most examined and reported examples of a series of naturally evolving ecosystems. The biodiversity of these island ecosystems are the focus of tourism and the image across the world yet human settlement are part of the local ecology. While human intervention is limited, the islands are a distinctive context in which to consider the impact of human habitation as a part of our ecosystems.

In this book, authors take the framework of complex adaptive systems (CAS) in which to model systems that grow and evolve, the relations between these various sectors change; systems that get more complex as they evolve. Tested and applied discretely in the two realms of natural and urban, for the first time this text will bring the two together in understanding options for the future of urban settlements on the Galapagos Islands and, by extension, consider how the approach can be used globally in other contexts.

About the authors

Professor Tom Kvan is Pro Vice Chancellor (Campus and Global Developments) in which role he provides leadership in the alignment of academic and research strategies with opportunities for campus developments and has particular responsibilities for partnerships in the Middle East and Africa.

Tom has many years in senior leadership roles in three universities, most recently serving from 2007 – 2015 as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in Melbourne during which time he led the establishment of the Melbourne School of Design and delivered an award winning building to host the graduate school. He was Professor and Dean at the University from Hong Kong, being a member of HKU from 1993-2005.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Complexity and Consequence in Coupled Natural Urban Systems

    Pages 1-6

    Kvan, Thomas (et al.)

  • The Galapagos Urban Context

    Pages 9-22

    López Andrade, Jaime Eduardo (et al.)

  • Understanding Coupled Urban-Natural Dynamics as the Key to Sustainability: The Example of the Galapagos

    Pages 23-41

    Batty, Michael (et al.)

  • Scales and Transformative Change: Transitions in the Galapagos

    Pages 43-58

    Haan, Fjalar J. (et al.)

  • Demographics of Change: Modeling the Transition of Fishers to Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

    Pages 61-83

    Walsh, Stephen J. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Galapagos
Book Subtitle
Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems
Editors
  • Thomas Kvan
  • Justyna Karakiewicz
Series Title
Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99534-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99534-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99533-5
Series ISSN
2195-1055
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 163
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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