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Urban political ecology versus ecological urbanism
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Systems-based conceptualisations of urban ecology are the dominant perspective within most degree programmes and also in fields of professional practice such as architecture, engineering, and landscape design. In this chapter I explore the tensions between urban political ecology and the recently emerging design emphasis on ecological urbanism that aligns with resilience discourse under the adaptive Anthropocene. I conclude that a recourse to design as the focal point for urban policy making cannot advance beyond various forms of behavioural, organisational, or technological change that effectively obscure the underlying dynamics of environmental degradation.

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Turning up the heat

Urban political ecology for a climate emergency


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