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URBAN EARTH: Ecological Urbanism

May 16, 2010

URBAN EARTH is one of our projects. The aim of the project is to (re)present urban areas by walking across them. The length of the walk mirrors the size of the urban footprint while the route aims to reflect the distribution of deprivation within the place.

Ecological Urbanism bookI was delighted when Gareth Doherty from Harvard GSD got in contact with Kye and I and asked us to contribute to the new book Ecological Urbanism. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth the 656 page book includes over 250 URBAN EARTH images.

“While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of this book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed as an imaginative and practical method for addressing existing as well as new cities.

Ecological Urbanism considers the city with multiple instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary focus. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together practitioners, theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policymakers, scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of providing a multilayered, diverse, and nuanced understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future. The promise is nothing short of a new ethics and aesthetics of the urban.”

The URBAN EARTH films have been watched over 25,000 times and are made up of photographs taken every 8 steps. These images are then be edited together to make short URBAN EARTH films.

Each film is available under a Creative Commons licence and you can download them from the URBAN EARTH blip.tv channel. Feel free to mash and share.

We will be showing the URBAN EARTH films at The Secret Garden Party this July too.

You can become a fan of Ecological Urbanism on Facebook. The book is available now and is published by Lars Müller Publishers.


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