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Why Ecological Urbanism? Why Now?

Mohsen Mostafavi

HARVARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Preamble

The world’s population continues to grow, resulting in a steady migration from rural to urban areas. Increased numbers of people and cities go hand in hand with a greater exploitation of the world’s limited resources. Every year, more cities are feeling the devastating impacts of this situation. What are we to do? What means do we have as designers to address this challenging reality?

For decades now, reminders have come from many sources about the difficulties that face us and our environment. The Brundtland Report of 1987, scientific studies on the impact of global warming, and former US Vice President Al Gore’s passionate pleas have ...

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