Urban Galapagos

Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems

  • Thomas Kvan
  • Justyna Karakiewicz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas Kvan, Justyna Karakiewicz
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Galapagos as a Living Laboratory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jaime Eduardo López Andrade, Diego Quiroga Ferri
      Pages 9-22
    3. Michael Batty, Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Michael Kirley
      Pages 23-41
    4. Fjalar J. de Haan, Diego Quiroga Ferri, Stephen J. Walsh, Luıs M. A. Bettencourt
      Pages 43-58
  4. Socio-ecological Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Stephen J. Walsh, Kim Engie, Philip H. Page, Brian G. Frizzelle
      Pages 61-83
  5. Models of Change

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-163

About this book


This book addresses the future of urbanisation on the Galapagos Islands from a systems, governance and design perspective with the competing parameters of liveability, economic and ecological, using the Galapagos as a laboratory for the theoretical and postulative understanding of evolving settlement and habitation.

The Galapagos islands are one of the world’s most examined and reported examples of a series of naturally evolving ecosystems. The biodiversity of these island ecosystems are the focus of tourism and the image across the world yet human settlement are part of the local ecology. While human intervention is limited, the islands are a distinctive context in which to consider the impact of human habitation as a part of our ecosystems.

In this book, authors take the framework of complex adaptive systems (CAS) in which to model systems that grow and evolve, the relations between these various sectors change; systems that get more complex as they evolve. Tested and applied discretely in the two realms of natural and urban, for the first time this text will bring the two together in understanding options for the future of urban settlements on the Galapagos Islands and, by extension, consider how the approach can be used globally in other contexts.

·         Takes complex adaptive systems from theory to practice

·         Delivers insights in resilient cities applicable globally

·         Establishes coupled natural urban systems as a tool for research and design


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Kvan
    • 1
  • Justyna Karakiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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