Since 2008, for the first time in human history, half of the world’s population lives in cities. Paul Downton’s Ecopolis is taking a big step on this path. He underlined the urgent need to understand the role of cities as agents of change and survival at a time when climate change has finally caught the world’s attention and provided a framework for designing cities where knowledge is available – both academically as well as practically – integrated. From a number of relevant disciplines.
The book identifies key theorists, practitioners, places and philosophies, and provides a solid theoretical context that introduces the concept of urban fractals, and presents a set of design and planning tools for achieving sustainable human ecology development (SHED). The book combines knowledge from various fields to represent a synthesis of urban ecology. It will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in architecture, construction, planning, geography and traditional life sciences.