1st Edition

Ecologies Design Transforming Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism

    320 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    1. Introduction: Towards an ecologies design practice

    Peter Connolly, Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Mark Southcombe

    Section 1: Biological Ecologies Design and Regeneration

    2. Introduction: a shifting paradigm in ecologically focused design

    Maibritt Pedersen Zari

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

    Bill Reed and Ben Haggard

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

    Dominique Hes and Judy Bush

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

    Richard Graves

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

    Ken Yeang

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

    Kongjian Yu

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

    Amin Rastandeh

    9. The new design with nature

    Nan Ellin

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

    Dayna Baumeister, Maibritt Pedersen Zari, and Samantha Hayes

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

    Timothy Beatley

    Section 2: Documenting Social Ecologies

    12. Introduction: How to Document Urban / Landscape Assemblages

    Peter Connolly

    13. City boids: diagramming molecular urbanism

    Sabine Müller and Andreus Quednau

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

    Nigel Bertram and Marika Neustupny

    15. Object-led interview: documenting geographical ideas

    Victoria Marshall

    16. Mapping informal settlements: a process for action

    Diego Ramírez-Lovering, Daša Spasojević, and Michaela F. Prescott

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

    Karina Kuschnir

    18. A landscape architectural anthropology of green: Bahrain

    Gareth Doherty

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

    Marie Combette, Thomas Batzenschlager, and Clémence Pybaro

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

    Diana Lucas-Drogan and Holger Braun-Thürmann

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

    Albena Yaneva

    22. The aesthetics of documenting urban and landscape assemblages

    Peter Connolly

    Section 3: Ecologies Design Practices

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

    Mark Southcombe

    24. Indigenous ecological design

    Rebecca Kiddle

    25. Ngāi Tūhoe’s Te Kura Whare: our living building

    Jerome Partington and Maibritt Pedersen Zari

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

    Bridget Buxton

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

    Keiran Ibell

    28. There are no sustainable buildings without sustainable people

    Fabricio Chicca

    29. Labour ecology and architecture

    Peggy Deamer

    30. Integrating design teaching and practices

    Rainer Hirth, Mark Southcombe, and Roseangela Tenorio

    31. Stranded assets

    Daniel Barber

    32. (Hybrid) architecture in and over time

    Sofie Pelsmakers, Jenni Poutanen, and Sini Saarimaa


    33. A call to ecologies design action

    Peter Connolly, Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Mark Southcombe


    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.