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Author Hagan, Susannah, author.

Title Ecological urbanism : the nature of the city / Susannah Hagan.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  307.76 HAGA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 174 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part 1. What is it? 1. Ecological Urbanism. Origins -- Ecosystems -- Ecological Urbanism and sustainable cities. River City, Gothenburg -- Conclusion -- 2. A future provenance. Lexicography. Urban ecology -- Ecological Urbanism -- Cultural ecology -- Ecological anthropology -- Political ecology -- Landscape urbanism. Conclusion -- Part 2. Three models. 3. The garden. The Garden City -- The green belt -- Green infrastructure -- Contemporary Garden Cities -- Conclusion -- 4. The boundary. Precedents -- The Compact City -- Density -- Polynucleation -- 'The New Urbanism' -- Compact City critiques. Sprawl -- Energy -- Environment -- Conclusion -- 5. The continuum. Precedents. Broadacre City -- The Disurbanists -- Geddes and McHarg -- The field. The suburbs. Defining the suburbs -- Performance -- Private/public -- Design -- The car -- Edge Cities -- Shrinking cities -- Interventions. Wuppertal -- Hull -- Conclusion -- Part 3. What's new? 6. The ideal city and the eco city: a historical taxonomy. The ideal city pre-twentieth century. Sforzinda -- The Phalanstery -- The ideal city twentieth century. La Cite Industrielle -- New Babylon -- The dystopian city twentieth century. 2,000 ton city -- The sustainable city twentieth/twenty-first century -- The eco city twentieth/twenty-first century. Masdar -- Dongtan -- Gwang Gyo -- Destiny -- Ecotopia. Auroville -- Lilypad -- Conclusion -- Part 4. Double vision. 7. Control. Planning -- Resilience -- Infrastructure. HafenCity, Hamburg -- Size. Location and Central Place theories -- Natural limits? -- Governance. Tokyo -- Sao Paulo -- Passing the buck -- Conclusion -- 8. Resistance. Strategy -- Tactics. Lina Bo Bardi -- Urban Think Tank -- Local Agenda 21 -- Self-organisation -- Resilience thinking -- Conclusion.
Summary "Ecological Urbanism: The Nature of the City asks the questions that are important inside and outside the built environment professions: what are climate change, urbanisation and ecology doing to the theory and practice of urban design? How does Ecological Urbanism figure in this change? What is Ecological Urbanism? In answer, this book is neither definitive - impossible when a subject is still in motion - nor encyclopaedic - equally impossible when so much has been written on almost every aspect of these essays. Instead, it seeks to rebalance the ecological narrative and its embryonic modes of practice with the narratives of urbanism and its older, deeply embedded modes of practice. It examines the implications for cities and the designers of cities now we are required to again address their metabolic as well as social and formal dimensions, and it explores the extent to which environmental engineering and natural systems design can and should become drivers for the remaking of cities in the 21st century. Above all, it argues that sooner rather than later, urbanism needs to become environmentally literate, and environmental design needs to become culturally literate."
Subject Urban ecology (Sociology)
ISBN 9780415506670 (hardback)
9780415506687 (paperback)