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Ecological Infrastructure

Christopher Benosky and Shaun O’rourke

AECOM

Ecological Infrastructure

Infrastructure allows water, power, food, and transportation to be available to society. We have become accustomed to these services and traditionally view these technical, built systems as our true infrastructure. This traditional ‘gray’ infrastructure of power lines, roads, sewers, levees, and ports provide essential services yet they are often planned and designed in opposition to, or in isolation from, existing natural systems.

Each type of infrastructure has a distinct series of boundaries that need to be drawn to understand its influence on society and the environment. It’s how these boundaries are drawn on the landscape that has the greatest ...

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