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.

part Ecological Perspective Domain One|103 pages

Design Manifestos and Theories in Ecological Domains

chapter 1.2|13 pages

Design with Nature Reconsidered

Then, Now, and Later

chapter 1.3|12 pages

Ecological Prototypes for Green Construction

Linking Architecture and Ecological Engineering for Integrated Urban, Agricultural, and Ecological Land Use

chapter 1.4|13 pages

From Evo-Devo Strategies to a Way Forward With Eco-social Evo-Devo for Generative Design Processes 1

Toward Extending the Polymorphism of Metabolic Architecture and the Integration of Diversities

chapter 1.5|13 pages

Digitalism in Morphogenetic Practices for Human Centric Design Thinking

Towards an Eco Animated Performative Gestalt Through Parametricism

chapter 1.6|11 pages

Systems of Systems

Architectural Atmosphere, Neuromorphic Architecture, and the Well-Being of Humans and Ecospheres

chapter 1.7|17 pages

Architecture Design in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

The Latent Ontology of Architectural Features

chapter 1.8|12 pages

Spatial Entities of the Future

Design Through the Lens of Neuroscience

part Ecological Perspective Domain OneEcological Perspective Domain Two|105 pages

Anthropocentric Transformative Design Concepts

chapter 2.1|13 pages

Ecological Urbanism for Health, Well-Being, and Inclusivity

Engaging—Culture, Consciousness, and Nature

chapter 2.6|13 pages

Future of Urban Design Through Generative Design Tools

New Data Sources and Analysis Practices in Urban Mobility and Environmental Studies

chapter 2.7|14 pages

Green Urban Futures

Regreening Cities to Enhance Health, Resilience, and the Urban Microclimate

chapter 2.8|12 pages

Urban Design in Search for Equilibrium

The Evolving Urban Metabolism of Sustainable Cities—Towards an Ethical and Sustainable Approach to City Building

part Ecological Perspective Domain Three|186 pages

The Design Connectivity Domain

chapter 3.2|15 pages

Biomorphic Intelligence

Deploying Biotechnology in Architecture for Human Health and Wellbeing

chapter 3.5|13 pages

Environment-Aware Behavioral Envelopes

Design Ecologies, Adaptive Geometries, and Technologies for Climate Interaction

chapter 3.6|9 pages

Material Ecology 3—Smart Materials

Essay One: Smart Materials for Thermo-Responsive Architectural Applications

chapter 3.6|8 pages

Material Ecology 3—Smart Materials

Essay Two: Towards Passively Responsive Biomimetic Architecture

chapter 3.6|6 pages

Material Ecology 3—Smart Materials

Essay Three: Macro Affects From Nano Assemblies in Bacteria-Based Hygromorphs

chapter 3.7|17 pages

Visionary Engineered Biotopes in Bringing Nature to High Levels

Towards Bioclimatic Skyscrapers—Achieving High-Comfort Low-Energy Sustainable Tall Buildings in Different Climate Zones

chapter 3.8|12 pages

Robots in the Room, Robots Are the Room

The Future of Robotics, Architectural Design, and Domestic Routine

chapter 3.9|11 pages

Sublimating Tectonics of Architecture

Innovations in Creative Structural Engineering

part Ecological Perspective Domain Four|118 pages

The Climatic Design Domain

chapter 4.1|14 pages

Innovative Design Solutions for Climatic Challenges of Sea Level Rise—Flooding and Ocean City Designs

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

chapter 4.3|13 pages

Design for Wildfire

Architecture as Catalyst for Virtuous Not Vicious Wildfire Activity

chapter 4.4|11 pages

Architecture That Bridges and Merges the Human-Made With Nature

Essay One: Towards A Biometeorological Design—Architectures of the Planetary Invironment

chapter 4.4|12 pages

Architecture That Bridges and Merges the Human-Made With Nature

Essay Two: Groundscapes—The Merger of Architecture and Ecology

chapter 4.5|11 pages

Embedded Architectures

Charting Its Traits en Route to Architecture and Environment Integration

chapter 4.6|10 pages

Climate-Friendly Green Infrastructure Planning and Design

The Promises, Vulnerabilities, and Remediation Design Practices for Environmental Contaminants

chapter 4.7|10 pages

Design for Air in the Urban Micro-Environments—How's the Air on Your Block?

The Outdoor Environmental Inequality in Cities

chapter 4.8|10 pages

The Future of Architecture on Earth and in Space: Lessons and Synergies:

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

chapter 4.8|13 pages

Futures of Architecture on Earth and in Space: Lessons and Synergies:

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

part Ecological Perspective Domain Five|111 pages

The Social Design Domain

chapter 5.1|9 pages

Healthful Spatial Entities

The New Meaning of Healthful Measures for Building Occupants: Designers, Design, and Infection Control

chapter 5.2|14 pages

Social Performativity in Transformative Building Typologies

Architecture's Contribution to the Societal Well-Being

chapter 5.3|15 pages

Socio-Material Capacities for Ecotopian Designs

Placing Architecture at the Nexus of Materiality, Neurodiversity and Social Behavior—Shifting Design Agency to Activate Neurodiversity

chapter 5.6|12 pages

Therapeutic Spaces for Healthy Aging

Integrating Biophilic Design for Human and Environmental Wellbeing

chapter 5.7|12 pages

Biotic Jurisdictions

Transboundary Ecologies in the U.S.-Mexico Borderland

chapter |10 pages


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