Shifting Perspectives

If the physical evidence is so obvious, just how can mainstream society continue to “misconstrue” the problem? The difficulty is not so much a matter of disputed fact as it is of distorted perspective (Rees 1995a). The “Cartesian dualism” that … Continue reading

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Doubling the Built Environment

There is little question that how cities develop is key to attaining a secure ecological future. The global population is currently increasing by 1.4 per cent, but the rate of urbanization can be many times higher, particularly in developing countries. … Continue reading

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Urban Ecological Footprints

In an effort to quantify this dilemma, the author and his students have developed a method to estimate the spatial dimensions of the human ecological niche. Our approach, called ‘ecological footprint analysis,’ starts from the premise outlined earlier, that human … Continue reading

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Conclusions: The Next Step

Given the massive anticipated global increase in urban physical plant, eco-cities design and green building technologies have the potential to make an enormous contribution to reducing the energy and material intensity of cities. Unfortunately, the full potential of green building … Continue reading

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