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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. 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 philosophies, the book provides a solid theoretical context which introduces the concept of urban fractals, 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.

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Authors Reviews "The book has a very strong theoretical basis, relying on theories related not only to sustainability and urbanism but also sociology. This variety keeps the reader alert. But it is especially the way the author communicates that keeps the reader interested, speaking to activists and academics alike… Ecopolis is a comprehensive book.

It covers multiple dimensions of sustainability, offering new perspectives rather than giving prescriptions. These issues are big. They are connected. The structure of the book is clear and logical and the section titles are unambiguous and relevant to the text that follows. The writing style is engaging and easy to read…" Caryl Bosman, Australian Planner, September "…a succession of chapters bring together crisp summaries of the attempts from the past to codify good urban development, from early western civilization onwards.

He provides a comprehensive theory for achieving Sustainable Human Ecological Development SHED " HIA, Greensmart, "Dozens of beautiful colour plates and hundreds of black-and-white illustrations make this book a joy to flip through.

The book is also a treasure-trove of interesting quotes, everything from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to Walt Whitman.

Given the extensive research and case studies this book is an important resource for all who are interested in looking at the bigger picture of sustainable issues in the city and architecture.

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Authors Reviews "The book has a very strong theoretical basis, relying on theories related not only to sustainability and urbanism but also sociology. This variety keeps the reader alert. But it is especially the way the author communicates that keeps the reader interested, speaking to activists and academics alike… Ecopolis is a comprehensive book. It covers multiple dimensions of sustainability, offering new perspectives rather than giving prescriptions. These issues are big. They are connected. The structure of the book is clear and logical and the section titles are unambiguous and relevant to the text that follows.

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Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate

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 philosophies, the book provides a solid theoretical context which introduces the concept of urban fractals, 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. Dr Paul Downton is a practising architect in Sempahore, Australia Reviews From the reviews: "The book is an impressive, albeit lengthy, dissection and re-evaluation of current ecological models for city planning, one which will certainly cater more to the academics than the practitioners of sustainability. Given the extensive research and case studies this book is an important resource for all who are interested in looking at the bigger picture of sustainable issues in the city and architecture.

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