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Author Downton, Paul F.

Title Ecopolis : architecture and cities for a changing climate / Paul F. Downton
Published Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO : Springer, [2009]
Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2009


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 MELB  307.76 Dow/Eaa  AVAILABLE
Description xix, 607 pages : illustrations, maps, plans. ; 23 cm
Series Future city, 1876-0899 ; v. 1
Future city ; v. 1
Contents Foreword / Ken Yeang -- Introduction : the city is my university -- I. Propositions, theory & practice -- 1. Ground plan -- 2. Epistemology for urban ecology -- 3. Architecture, urbanism & ecological perspectives -- 4. Weavers of theory -- 5. Aesthetics of ecopolis -- 6. Finding fractals: identifying elements of the ecopolis -- 7. Building fractals: ecopolis projects in Australia -- II. Towards a theoretical synthesis -- 8. Synthesis I: city ecology -- 9. Synthesis II: ABC of ecodevelopment -- 10. Synthesis III: education, advocacy and activism -- 11. Synthesis IV: the SHED : Sustainable Human Ecological Development -- 12. Our cities, our selves -- Appendices -- Bibliography
Summary "In 2008, for the first time in human history, half of the world's population will 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 philsophies, the book provides a solid theoretical context, 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."--Provided by publisher
Analysis Town planning (Australia)
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 567-598
Notes Also available via the World Wide Web
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Subject Architecture.
Life sciences.
Applied ecology.
Climatic changes.
Environmental management.
City planning -- Environmental aspects -- Australia -- Adelaide (S.A.)
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Case studies.
City planning -- Environmental aspects -- Australia -- South Australia.
Architecture -- Environmental aspects.
Sustainable architecture.
Cities and towns.
Sustainable development.
Cities and towns -- Growth.
City planning.
City planning -- Environmental aspects.
Urban ecology (Sociology)
Genre/Form Case studies.
Author CSIRO Publishing.
LC no. 2008932626
ISBN 9780643095786 paperback
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