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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3037781890
  • ISBN-13: 978-3037781890
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI is Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. GARETH DOHERTY is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Bottazzi on 29 Jun 2010
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Finally a book that is able to expand the debate about sustainability to give it more cultural relevance.
The publication expands the conference bearing the same title organised by GSD Harvard last year.
Over some 650 pages, Ecological Urbanism maps the best experiments in this field and makes absolutely clear that sustainability is not just a mere technical problem. Politics, geography, art, history, and science are woven together to form the complex milieu future design will have to take place in.
My favourite quote is from Andrea Branzi:"there is an environmental problem, but there is also the problem of environmentalism and environmentalists."
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By Robyn Cooper on 30 Aug 2013
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I would recommend this product to everyone and anyone who is interested in eco friendly architecture, design and art in general. Being a design student, it has great ideas re: presentation and ecological design ideas of which is very relevant this semester and at this stage in time for the world. I love this book and the depth and insight it gives you into the given projects.
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Yep a good collection of papers on Ecological Urbanism, some a bit wordy and pretentious others a bit shallow, but overall a good read with some stimulating ideas to get you thinking.
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A glorious rag-bag 10 Aug 2012
By Peter G. Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
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The volume is a collection of papers and thought pieces connected with a conference on the subject at Harvard. It is of very uneven quality, indeed the task of editing it obviously came second as a requirement to the possibility of offending participants by exclusion. However there are some substantive essays, some interesting excursus, and some compelling graphics along with the mundane. There's something for everyone here and thoroughly suited to serve as a class textbook on the subject because of its range. It doesn't highlight the different perspectives it contains but that could be part of the work of the class.
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By Khaled Alawadi - Published on Amazon.com
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Ecological Urbanism is a must-read book. Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty weave together a comprehensive agenda of urban interventions, ideas, policies, and strategies from different geographic settings in order to build a powerful model and vision for a more ecological future. Drawing on this massive, solid effort and on well-grounded research, the editors provide a series of detailed key lessons from all corners of the world for building a future that is less dependent on diminishing resources and is more socially, economically, and ecologically sensitive. Based on the integration between different disciplines and fields--including architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and engineering--Ecological Urbanism explores different approaches and solutions that contribute to a more ecological and just world. As Sir Peter Medawar said, "If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble."

Scaling up is a significant aspect of this book since the vast majority of previous research and studies have focused on architectural and building scales. Only a handful of studies have focused on city and regional scales. Therefore, Ecological Urbanism addresses this gap, providing a collection of theories and practices that aim to articulate and advance design strategies, real solutions, and tactics that craft the foundation of the post-carbon city.

Human beings need a revolution in urban problem solving. The fate of the entire earth is one of the most urgent matters confronting humankind today. It will affect each of us, as well as our children and our children's children. Faced with the pressures of global warming, rapid growth, congestion, water shortage, drought, population explosion, urban sprawl, and pollution, cities today need to use land, water, energy, and resources with ever-increasing efficiency. The ultimate role of Ecological Urbanism is, in fact, to be a revolutionary and compelling guidebook that provides a knowledge base for a more livable and sustainable future for current and future generations. As a reference book Ecological Urbanism is a must read for academics, practitioners, students, policymakers, officials, economists, socialists, environmentalists, and anyone else concerned with the health and well-being of our cities.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not a great book 14 Mar 2014
By G P Greeff Associates - Published on Amazon.com
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Designed for students not professionals.
Layout like a comic book. not recommended for serious practitioners.
Many essays thrown together.
Not recommended
Ecological Urbanism 21 May 2014
By Karl Kiisel - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is rich in examples and case studies of different ecologically concerned city and urban sprawl spaces. Additionally, the book illustrates different graphic representation techniques for project presentations. It has proved to be very handy for writing my Master's degree thesis in Architecture. I would recommend to architects and urban planners.
It does the job. 20 Feb 2014
By Alex C - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read all of this book but it has come in handy in both graphics and content. This has helped me out a lot as a student of landscape architecture.
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