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Ecological Urbanism [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Mohsen Mostafavi , Gareth Doherty , Harvard University Graduate School of Design
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30 April 2010
While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and as an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism approaches the city without any one set of instruments and with a world view that is fluid in scale and disciplinary approach. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policy makers, environmental scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.

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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: 24.2 x 17.2 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,156 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural guide to climate change 29 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 9 Jun 2010
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.
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Harvard Design book is what you would expect. 15 Dec 2013
By Michael Sadler - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey half of this book is just illegible, dark and shadowy with lots of atmosphere GSD style graphics ... way too expensive. But I don't expect anything less.
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