Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate

  • Paul F Downton

Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-9
  2. Propositions, Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-17
    2. People, Places and Philosophies

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        Pages 19-39
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  3. Towards a Theoretical Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-354
    2. Rebuilding the Foundations

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        Pages 355-413
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 551-607

About this book


From 2008, for the first time in human history, half of the world's population now live in cities. Yet despite a wealth of literature on green architecture and planning, there is to date no single book which draws together theory from the full range of disciplines – from architecture, planning and ecology – which we must come to grips with if we are to design future cities which are genuinely sustainable.

Paul Downton's Ecopolis takes a major step along this path. It highlights the urgent need to understand the role of cities as both agents of change and means of survival, at a time when climate change has finally grabbed world attention, and it provides a framework for designing cities that integrates knowledge – both academic and practical – from a range of relevant disciplines.

Identifying key theorists, practitioners, places and philosophies, the book provides a solid theoretical context which introduces the concept of urban fractals, and goes on to present a series of design and planning tools for achieving Sustainable Human Ecological Development (SHED). Combining knowledge from diverse fields to present a synthesis of urban ecology, the book will provide a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in architecture, construction, planning, geography and the traditional life sciences.

Dr Paul Downton is a practising architect in Sempahore, Australia


Buildings architecture building design development ecology integration urbanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul F Downton
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  1. 1.Ecopolis Architects Pty Ltd.AdelaideAustralia

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