Ecological Wisdom

Theory and Practice

  • Bo Yang
  • Robert Fredrick Young

Part of the EcoWISE book series (EcoWISE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ecological Wisdom Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Bo Yang, Shujuan Li, Wei-Ning Xiang, Ian Bishop, Kuei-Hsien Liao, Jun Liu
      Pages 33-56
  3. From Natural Resources to Living Communities: Frameworks for Interventions

  4. From Natural Resources to Living Communities: Vernacular Water Systems

  5. From Built Environments to Living Cities: Architecture and Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  6. From Built Environments to Living Cities: Engineering and Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  7. Planning Living City and Regions: Rural to Urban

  8. Planning Living City and Regions: Urban

  9. Planning Living City and Regions: Regional

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 305-312

About this book


This book offers an introduction to the theory and practice of ecological wisdom (EW). EW is the integration of robust contemporary science with proven cultural and historical practices to identify long-term, sustainable solutions to problems of environmental management and urban design. The book combines theoretical concepts with specific case studies, illustrating the opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches combining historical experience, cultural context, and contemporary science as effective strategies for addressing complex problems confronting metropolitan and rural environmental and resource management in areas such as land use, water management, materials and building engineering, urban planning, and architecture and design. EW transcends the limitations in these fields of the normative approaches of modernity or traditional wisdom by offering a new, synthetic strategy to address socio-ecological issues. By presenting these ideas both theoretically and through existing case studies, the book provides researchers, practitioners and students with a powerful new perspective in developing long-term, resilient solutions to existing socio-environmental challenges. 
It is intended mainly for those working or interested in the fields of sustainable environmental and resource management, city and regional planning, architecture and design, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and the philosophy of science, particularly those with an ecological or sustainability focus.



Sustainable Urban Design Environmental Management Resilient Solutions Socio-Ecological Management Ecosystem Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Bo Yang
    • 1
  • Robert Fredrick Young
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Landscape Architecture and PlanningThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0570-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0571-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-0029
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-0037
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