City as Ecology
Thursday, January 21, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
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The greatest challenge confronting planning is working within ecosystems that are now human-dominated. While a common approach in urban ecology examines ecology within cities, the work that will be presented emphasizes the city as ecology. New urban design platform, most of which were developed in Mr. Huber’s tenure at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, constitute a repertoire of place-building models in watershed urbanism, highway and street ecologies, big box urbanism, urban forestry, and low-impact residential development, emphasizing feedback between environmental processes and infrastructure design. The objective of the presentation is to provide insight into integrated design templates that simultaneously enhance ecological and urban services in infrastructural development. The presented solutions, most of which are now under construction, have changed state agency models and official development culture particularly in a state lacking established planning and design traditions.