Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design

Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities

  • S.T.A. Pickett
  • M.L. Cadenasso
  • Brian McGrath

Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ecology, Design, and Social Contexts: Disciplinary Voices and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. S. T. A. Pickett, M. L. Cadenasso, Brian McGrath
      Pages 7-28
    3. Christopher G. Boone
      Pages 47-61
  3. Shared Conceptual Understanding: Four Themes for Bridging Ecology and Urban Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-105
    2. M. L. Cadenasso, S. T. A. Pickett, Brian McGrath, Victoria Marshall
      Pages 107-129
    3. Elisabeth K. Larson, Stevan Earl, Elizabeth M. Hagen, Rebecca Hale, Hilairy Hartnett, Michelle McCrackin et al.
      Pages 183-210
    4. Dilip da Cunha
      Pages 253-267
    5. Julie Sze, Gerardo Gambirazzio
      Pages 289-297
  4. Bridging Ecology and Urban Design Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-300
    2. Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa
      Pages 301-306
    3. Victoria Marshall
      Pages 319-329
    4. Anuradha Mathur, Dilip da Cunha
      Pages 331-336
  5. Urban Design in Expanded Disciplinary and Geographical Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-364
    2. Alissa North, Charles Waldheim
      Pages 391-406
    3. Paola Viganò
      Pages 407-426
    4. Danai Thaitakoo, Brian McGrath, Suebsiri Srithanyarat, Ying Palopakon
      Pages 427-442
  6. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 491-499

About this book


The contributors to this volume propose strategies of urgent and vital importance that aim to make today’s urban environments more resilient. Resilience, the ability of complex systems to adapt to changing conditions, is a key frontier in ecological research and is especially relevant in creative urban design, as urban areas exemplify complex systems. With something approaching half of the world’s population now residing in coastal urban zones, many of which are vulnerable both to floods originating inland and rising sea levels, making urban areas more robust in the face of environmental threats must be a policy ambition of the highest priority.

The complexity of urban areas results from their spatial heterogeneity, their intertwined material and energy fluxes, and the integration of social and natural processes. All of these features can be altered by intentional planning and design. The complex, integrated suite of urban structures and processes together affect the adaptive resilience of urban systems, but also presupposes that planners can intervene in positive ways. As examples accumulate of linkage between sustainability and building/landscape design, such as the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park and Toronto’s Lower Don River area, this book unites the ideas, data, and insights of ecologists and related scientists with those of urban designers. It aims to integrate a formerly atomized dialog to help both disciplines promote urban resilience.


Landscape architecture Social aspects Sustainable development Urban design Urban ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • S.T.A. Pickett
    • 1
  • M.L. Cadenasso
    • 2
  • Brian McGrath
    • 3
  1. 1.Cary Institute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA
  2. 2., Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3., Sch Constructed EnvironmentsParsons the New School for DesignNew YorkUSA

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