Ecologies Design

Ecologies Design : Transforming Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism

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The notion of ecology has become central to contemporary design discourse. This reflects contemporary concerns for our planet and a new understanding of the primary entanglement of the human species with the rest of the world.

The use of the term 'ecology' with design tends to refer to how to integrate ecologies into design and cities and be understood in a biologically-scientific and technical sense. In practice, this scientific-technical knowledge tends to be only loosely employed. The notion of ecology is also often used metaphorically in relation to the social use of space and cities. This book argues that what it calls the 'biological' and 'social' senses of ecology are both important and require distinctly different types of knowledge and practice. It proposes that science needs to be taken much more seriously in 'biological ecologies', and that 'social ecologies' can now be understood non-metaphorically as assemblages. Furthermore, this book argues that design practice itself can be understood much more rigorously, productively and relevantly if understood ecologically. The plural term 'ecologies design' refers to these three types of ecological design. This book is unique in bringing these three perspectives on ecological design together in one place. It is significant in proposing that a strong sense of ecologies design practice will only follow from the interconnection of these three types of practice.

Ecologies Design brings together leading international experts and relevant case studies in the form of edited research essays, case studies and project work. It provides an overarching critique of current ecologically-oriented approaches and offers evidence and exploration of emerging and effective methods, techniques and concepts. It will be of great interest to academics, professionals and students in the built environment disciplines.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 750g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Line drawings, black and white; 43 Halftones, black and white; 4 Tables, black and white; 59 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0367234475
  • 9780367234478

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Towards an ecologies design practice

Section 1: Biological Ecologies Design and Regeneration

2. Introduction: a shifting paradigm in ecologically focused design

3. Engaging with life: the developmental practice of regenerative development and design

4. Designing for living environments using regenerative development: a case study of The Paddock

5. The paradox of metrics: setting goals for regenerative design and development

6. Ecological design as the biointegration of a set of 'infrastructures': the 'quatrobrid' constructed ecosystem

7. Creating and restoring urban ecologies: case studies in China

8. Towards wildlife-supportive green space design in metropolitan areas: lessons from an experimental study

9. The new design with nature

10. Biomimicry: an opportunity for buildings to relate to place

11. The emergence of biophilic design and planning: re-envisioning cities and city life

Section 2: Documenting Social Ecologies

12. Introduction: How to Document Urban / Landscape Assemblages

13. City boids: diagramming molecular urbanism

14. Why would we spend time drawing people doing their washing in a Chinese village?

15. Object-led interview: documenting geographical ideas

16. Mapping informal settlements: a process for action

17. Ethnographic drawings and the benefits of using a sketchbook for fieldwork

18. A landscape architectural anthropology of green: Bahrain

19. Valparaiso Publico: graphic inventory of urban spaces in a Chilean city

20. Being with Hellersdorf: performative counter-mapping as a reflexive practice between architecture and anthropology

21. The happy city. An actor-network-theory manifesto

22. The aesthetics of documenting urban and landscape assemblages

Section 3: Ecologies Design Practices

23. Introduction: on the need for and potentials of ecological design practice

24. Indigenous ecological design

25. Ngai Tuhoe's Te Kura Whare: our living building

26. Design in relationship with an ecological entity: case study design with Te Awa Te Puna

27. On the Rise: case study of a hybrid coastal adaptation strategy

28. There are no sustainable buildings without sustainable people

29. Labour ecology and architecture

30. Integrating design teaching and practices

31. Stranded assets

32. (Hybrid) architecture in and over time


33. A call to ecologies design action
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About Maibritt Pedersen Zari

Maibritt Pedersen Zari is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and Interior Architecture in the School of Architecture at Victoria University, New Zealand.

Peter Connolly is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture at Victoria University, New Zealand.

Mark Southcombe is the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Victoria University, New Zealand.
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