Toward an Ecology of the City


Jan 18, 2019 4:29pm ‐ Jan 18, 2019 4:29pm

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With the recent disasters of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey, as well as the California Thomas fire, there has never been a greater imperative to plan with nature. What is the role of nature in the city? Speakers will offer diverse perspectives to explore this important topic.

  • Understand two concepts: First, the idea of nature IN the city. Second, the concept of an Ecology OF the city. The latter considers cities as biological creations and evolutionary adaptation.
  • Learn best practices in integrating the environment into the urban fabric.
  • Consider the short and long-term impacts of catastrophic Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Harvey and other extreme climate events and recognize the urgent need to plan with nature.
  • Understand the ecological concept of disturbance patch dynamics and its implication of city planners. What regulatory regime is appropriate if cities are dynamic organisms in constant flux?

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