Following on from the success of the first edition, Smartcities + Eco-Warriors (2010), this book is the latest innovative response on urban resilience from one of the world’s leading urban design and architectural thinkers. An ecological symbiosis between nature, society and the built form, the Smartcity cultivates new spatial practices and creates diverse forms of resilient landscapes including and beyond urban agriculture.
The notion of the Smartcity is developed through a series of international case studies, some commissioned by government organisations, others speculative and polemic. This second edition has nine new case studies, and additional ecological sustainability studies covering sensitivity, design criteria, and assessments for ecological construction plans. The book concludes with two new essays on the romance of trees and the empowering nature of resilient landscapes.
Smartcities, Resilient Landscapes + Eco-warriors represents a crucial voice in the discourse of climate change and the potential opportunities to improve the ecological function of existing habitats or create new landscapes which are considered beneficial to local ecology and resilience. It is indispensable reading for practitioners and students in the fields of landscape, urban design, architecture and environmental engineering. An inspiration to government agencies and NGOs dealing with sustainability, this work also resonates with anyone concerned about cities, landscapes, food and water security, and energy conservation.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Urban Utopias and the Smartcity. From Soil to Table. The Perpetual Motion Machine. The American Dream Redux. Rise of the Eco-warrior. Scenic Positions. Cultivating Community. Resilient Landscapes 2. A Lexicon for the Smartcity 3. Guangming Smartcity China 4. DuSable Park USA 5. Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Park China 6. Remembering the Great American Plains USA 7. Nordhavnen Smartcity Denmark 8. Daejeon Urban Renaissance South Korea 9. The Tomato Exchange UK 10. Central Open Space: MAC South Korea 11. The Linear Park China 12. A Workplace in a Garden Ireland 13. Guangming Energy Park China 14. Newark Gateway Project USA 15. The City of a Thousand Lakes China 16. Rifle Range Regeneration Malaysia 17. Dongyi Wan East Waterfront China 18. Brockholes Wetland + Woodland Reserve UK 19. The Green Pension Plan UK 20. Wanmu Orchard Wetland China 21. Romance + Resilience: Landscapes of the imagination 22. Anna Andronova The Grand Paris of Niger: Landscape of hope 23. Carolyn Steel Sitopia – The urban future 24. Project and Reproduction Credits Index
CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett UCL and founder of Studio 8 Architects, a multi-disciplinary practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape focusing on cultural, socio-economic and sustainability issues. His other authored books published by Routledge include Short Stories: London in two and-a-half dimensions (2011), Food City (2014) and Inhabitable Infrastructures: Science fiction or urban futures? (2017).
Ed Liu is a practising architect and urban designer based in Beijing and London. He has a long-standing association with Studio 8 Architects and has worked on sustainable urban developments in China, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.