chapter  1
Ecological Urbanism
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The current trajectories of urbanization, climate change, governance and professional attitudes seem to be heading inexorably towards the same cliff edge. Ecology supplies its own alternative: 'resilience thinking'. Resilience thinking provides a framework for viewing a social-ecological system as one system operating over many linked scales of time and space. Ecological Urbanism is itself a synthesis of the literal and the metaphorical, the natural and the artificial, the stable and the emergent, the top-down and the bottom-up, the physical and the digital, and of course, the ecological and the urban. These two domains need to sit together synergistically within the architect's brain. In developing cities, contact between government agencies and the informal sector is infrequent and generally repressive, and contact between the informal sector and design professionals primarily on a voluntary basis. In developed cities, contact between government agencies and the governed are constant and regulatory, and contact between the governed and design professionals is rare and usually government-orchestrated.