Mohsen Mostafavi, Gareth Doherty eds. Ecological Urbanism While climate change, sustainable architecture and green technologies have become increasingly topical issues, concerns regarding the sustainability of the city are rarely addressed. The premise of Ecological Urbanism is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism, now in an updated edition with over forty new projects, considers the city using multiple instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary focus. Design provides the synthetic key to connecting ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together practitioners, theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policymakers, scientists and public health specialists, with the goal of providing a multilayered, diverse and nuanced understanding of ecological urbanism and how it might evolve in the future.
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Jump to navigation Jump to search Ecological urbanism draws from ecology to inspire an urbanism that is more socially inclusive and sensitive to the environment. It is less ideologically driven, than green urbanism or sustainable urbanism. In many ways, ecological urbanism is an evolution of, and a critique of, Landscape Urbanism arguing for a more holistic approach to the design and management of cities.
The term appeared first in as "EcoUrbanism" in a book by Architect and Planner Miguel Ruano,  who defined it as "the development of multi-dimensional sustainable human communities within harmonious and balanced built environments".
The term was used later in April at a conference at the University of Oregon,  and again in in a paper by Jeffrey Hou. Bhabha , Mitchell Joachim , Andrea Branzi , and about others. A blog during the conference is part of the book.
Why Now? Every year, more cities are feeling the devastating impacts of this situation. What are we to do? What means do we have as designers to address this challenging reality? Together and coupled with aesthetic and expressionist design principles, they form the foundation for urban design. These are expensive schemes with a commercial and esthetic purpose that satisfy a local or regional ambition to invest in ecology or sustainability without posing a more globally applicable approach.
A true merger of landscape architecture with the field of Urban Ecology lacks. From this criticism Frederick Steiner introduced landscape ecological urbanism as an approach that can include the field of urban ecology and Wybe Kuitert has shown how such integrative planning and management of the city should rely on analysis.
Potential vegetation maps for a city are the tool to this end.