Landscape Ecology

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 1203–1212 | Cite as

Urban landscape sustainability and resilience: the promise and challenges of integrating ecology with urban planning and design

Research Article


The twenty-first century global population will be increasingly urban-focusing the sustainability challenge on cities and raising new challenges to address urban resilience capacity. Landscape ecologists are poised to contribute to this challenge in a transdisciplinary mode in which science and research are integrated with planning policies and design applications. Five strategies to build resilience capacity and transdisciplinary collaboration are proposed: biodiversity; urban ecological networks and connectivity; multifunctionality; redundancy and modularization, adaptive design. Key research questions for landscape ecologists, planners and designers are posed to advance the development of knowledge in an adaptive mode.


Urban sustainability Urban resilience Strategic planning Urban biodiversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA

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