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The Routledge Companion to Ecological Design Thinking
Healthful Ecotopian Visions for Architecture and Urbanism

Edited By

Mitra Kanaani

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ISBN 9781032023892
August 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
674 Pages 226 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This companion investigates the ways in which designers, architects, and planners address ecology through the built environment by integrating ecological ideas and ecological thinking into discussions of urbanism, society, culture, and design.

Exploring the innovation of materials, habitats, landscapes, and infrastructures, it furthers novel ecotopian ideas and ways of living, including human-made settings on water, in outer space, and in extreme environments and climatic conditions. Chapters of this extensive collection on ecotopian design are grouped under five different ecological perspectives: design manifestos and ecological theories, anthropocentric transformative design concepts, design connectivity, climatic design, and social design. Contributors provide plausible, sustainable design ideas that promote resiliency, health, and well-being for all living things, while taking our changing lifestyles into consideration. This volume encourages creative thinking in the face of ongoing environmental damage, with a view to making design decisions in the interest of the planet and its inhabitants.

With contributions from over 79 expert practitioners, educators, scientists, researchers and theoreticians, as well as planners, architects, and engineers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, this book engages theory, history, technology, engineering, and science, as well as the human aspects of ecotopian design thinking and its implications for the outlook of the planet.

Table of Contents

Ecological Perspective Domain One: Design Manifestos and Theories in Ecological Domains

1.1 Designs for a rapidly transforming human-culture

Thomas Fisher

1.2 Re-making of Architecture -- Design with Nature Reconsidered: Then, Now, and Later

George Dodds and Christina Leigh Geros

1.3 Ecological Prototypes for Green Construction: Linking architecture and ecological engineering for integrated urban, agricultural, and ecological land use

Defne Sunguroglu-Hensel

1.4 From Evo-Devo Strategies to a Way Forward with Ecosocial Evo-Devo for Generative Design Processes: toward Extending the Polymorphism of Metabolic Architecture and the Integration of Diversities

Sean Ahlquist

1.5 Digitalism in Morphogenetic Practices for Human Centric Design Thinking – Towards an Eco Animated Performative Gestalt through Parametricism

Robert R. Neumayr

1.6 Systems of Systems: Architectural Atmosphere, Neuromorphic Architecture, and the Well-Being of Humans and Ecospheres Michael Arbib, Meredith Banasiak, Luis Othón, and Villegas Solís

1.7 Architecture Design in the age of Artificial Intelligence: The Latent Ontology of Architectural Features

Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger

1.8 Spatial Entities of the Future: Designs through the Lens of Neuroscience

Kate Jeffery and Fiona Zisch

Ecological Perspective Domain Two: Anthropocentric Transformative Design Concepts

2.1 Ecological Urbanism for Health, Well-being, and Inclusivity: Engaging— Culture, Consciousness, and Nature

Fritz Steiner

2.2 City Germination from Within: Dimensions of Urban Infill for Cities in the Global South The Case of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Denise de Alcantara and Vicente del Rio

2.3 Design of the Future Neighborhood – Neighborhoods Back to the Future---In Resolving the Housing Crisis and Affordability

Michael Stepner, Mary Lydon, and Frank Wolden

2.4 Urban Heat Mitigation--Current and Future Trends

Anthropocentric Non-Utilitarian Economics of Wellbeing and Resilience: Habitat, Community, Human Settlements, Movement, Transportation, and Diaspora, as Socio-Organisms for Livability

Poorang Piroozfar and Eric FARR

2.5 Sustainability within a Market-based Ecological Order

Patrik Schumacher

2.6 Future of Urban Design Through Generative Design Tools: New data sources and analysis practices in urban mobility and environmental studies

Maider LLaguno-Munitxa and Gustavo Romanillos

2.7 Green Urban Futures: Regreening Cities to enhance Health, Resilience, and the Urban Microclimate

Steffen Lehmann

2.8. Urban Design in search for Equilibrium: The evolving Urban Metabolism of Sustainable Cities - Towards an Ethical and Sustainable Approach to City Building

Howard Blackson III

Ecological Perspective Domain Three: The Design Connectivity Domain

3.1 Design Resiliency, Curbing Climate Change and Temporal Trajectories for the Anthropocene

Meredith Sattler

3.2 Biomorphic Intelligence: Deploying biotechnology in architecture for human health and wellbeing

Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto 

3.3 Material Ecology 1 -- Four Ecologies of Engineered Living Materials Research

Martyn Dade Robertson and Meng Zhang

3.4 Material Ecology 2 -- Optimization of daylighting Performance and Solar Heat Gain through adaptive kinetic envelopes

Moon Young Jeong, Maria Matheou, and L. Blandini

3.5 Material Ecology 3 - Environment-Aware Behavioral Envelopes: Design Ecologies, Adaptive Geometries, and Technologies for Climate Interaction

Kathy Velikov and Geoffery Thün

3.6 Materials 4 - Explorations in Smart Materials as External Dynamic Skins for Interactive Facades and Building Enclosure System

Essay One: Smart Materials for Thermo-Responsive Architectural Applications

Yomna El-Ghazi, Neveen Hamza, and Martyn Dade-Robertson

Essay Two: Towards Passively Responsive Biomimetic Architecture

Artem Holstov, Ben Bridgens , and Graham Farmer

Essay Three: Macro affects from nano assemblies in bacteria based hygromophs

Emily Birch, Martyn Dade-Robertson, Ben Bridgens, and Meng Zhang

3.7 Visionary Engineered Biotopes in Bringing Nature to High Levels: Towards Bioclimatic Skyscrapers – Achieving High-Comfort Low-Energy Sustainable Tall Buildings in Different Climate Zones

Brian Cody

3.8 Robots in the Room, Robots Are the Room: The Future of Robotics, Architectural Design, and Domestic Routine

Keith Evan Green

3.9. Sublimating Tectonics of Architecture: Innovations in Creative Structural Engineering

Christiane Margareta Herr

3.10 Enabling Circular Economy in the AEC industry through Digitalization: An Eco-Centric Anti-Utilitarian Approach Toward Environment-Behavior Transactions: Materiality, Biodiversity, Biomimetics, Energy Resiliency & Technology

Eric FARR and Poorang Piroozfar

3.11 Ecotopian Visions for the Purification and Healing of Ailing Ecologies Impacted by the Anthropocene

Melanie P. Hahn and Mitra Kanaani

3.12 Architectural Computing and Design Optimization for Healthful Ecotopian Built environments?

Yana Boeva, Thomas Wortmann, Cordula Kropp, and Achim Menges

3.13 Holocene to Anthropocene, Architectural Practice, Biomimetics in the Built Environment—Innovation in an Architectural Firm's Practice

Grimshaw Architects Research: Andrew Whalley

Ecological Perspective Domain Four: The Climatic Design Domain

4.1 Innovative Design Solutions for Climatic Challenges of Sea Level Rise -- Flooding & Ocean City Designs

Salty Urbanism: Towards an Adaptive Coastal Design Framework to Address Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Jeffrey Huber

4.2 Amphibious Buoyant Architecture – Designs for Living with Water: Floating Futures

Łukasz Piątek

4.3 Design for Wildfire: Architecture as Catalyst for Virtuous not Vicious Wildfire Activity

Melissa Sterry

4.4 Architecture that Bridges and Merges the Man-Made with Nature

Essay One: Towards a Biometeorological Design Architectures of the Planetary Environment

Klaus Klaas Loenhart

Essay Two: Groundscapes: The Bridging of Building and Nature

Fred Besancon

4.5 Embedded Architectures: Charting its Traits of En Route to Architecture and Environment Integration--Biotopes and Ecotopes as Mergers of Landscape & Architecture, The Natural With the Human

Michael Hensel

4.6 Climate-friendly Green Infrastructure planning and design: The promises, vulnerabilities, and Remediation Design Practices for Environmental Contaminants

Oliver Tiliouine and Keith Pezzoli

4.7 Design for Air in the Urban Micro-Environments--How is the Air on Your Block? The Outdoor Environmental Inequality in Cities

Maider LLaguno-Munitxa

4.8 The Future of Architecture on Earth & in Space: Lessons & Synergies

Essay One: The Evolution of Space Architecture & Its Potential to Inspire New Paradigms for Inhabiting Earth

Elizabeth Song Lockard

Essay Two: Lessons and Synergies--A Space Architecture Primer for 21st Century Civil Architects and Future City Evolution

Madhu Thangavelu

Ecological Perspective Domain Five: The Social Design Domain

5.1 Healthful Spatial Entities: Exploring New Meanings of Healthful Measures for Building Occupants

Designers, Design, and Infection Control

Dak Kopec and AnnaMarie Bliss

5.2 Social Performativity in Transformative Building Typologies: Architecture’s Contribution to the Societal Well-Being

Angela Brooks

5.3 Socio-Material Capacities for Ecotopian Designs: Placing architecture at the nexus of materiality, neurodiversity, and social behavior--Shifting design agency to activate Neuro-diversity

Sean Ahlquist

5.4 Active assisted living technology in the context of the built environment

Thomas Linner, Marc Schmailzl, Thomas Bock, Rongbo Hu, and Jörg Guttler

5.5 Architectural Practice Exploring Scientific Eco-Centric Approaches for Healthful Anthropomorphic Environments -- Innovation in Architectural Practice and Research: A design research philosophy of practice informing sustainability, health, and well-being

Gensler Research - Steven Shinn

5.6 Therapeutic spaces for healthy aging: integrating biophilic design for human and environmental wellbeing

Terri Peters and Ashita Parekh

5.7 Biotic Jurisdictions: Transboundary Ecologies in the U.S.–Mexico Borderland

Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller

5.8 Ecologically Performative Design principles for Achieving Just Cities

Theodore C. Landsmark

Epilogue: Architects, Artilects and Climate Change

Jim Dator

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Mitra Kanaani is a Distinguished Professor of ACSA (DPACSA) and recipient of numerous education awards. She is a Fellow of American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Mitra has D.Arch and M.Arch degrees in Architecture, Master of City Planning, B.S in Economics and B.A in Musicology. She is a researcher, author, editor, architect, and activist for Education is Not a Crime, and an appointed member of the Architect Board in California.