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Main Title Ecopolis Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate / [electronic resource] :
Author Downton, Paul F.
Publisher Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2009
Call Number QH541.29
ISBN 9781402084966
Subjects Life sciences ; Architecture ; Applied Ecology ; Climatic changes ; Environmental management
Internet Access
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Collation XIX, 607 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
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. 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