Towards Ecopolis

New technologies, new philosophies and new developments

Authored by: Rusong Wang , Paul Downton , Ian Douglas

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415

10.4324/9780203839263.ch50

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Abstract

With half the world’s people now living in cities and 25 megacities or urban agglomerations of over ten million people, the need for applying urban ecological principles and practice has never been greater. Cities are centres of consumption that have been encouraged by globalisation to source raw materials, food and manufactured goods from producers around the world, regardless of environmental cost. The problems of such cities cannot be solved by trying to relocate people, by continuing to spread existing agglomerations further and further into the surrounding countryside, or by creating new growth poles. New forms of city living have to be developed that are more sustainable and allow cities to function more like natural ecosystems. People require a technologically sophisticated lifestyle, with electrification, computers, modern communications and multiple transport options. This is possible if a new form of city living, Ecopolis, is adopted by greening urban areas through the integration of architecture, planning and ecology, essential to the development of truly viable ecological cities.

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