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Smartcities
What is a Smartcity? A vision of how the city of the 21st century that addresses what the spatial and phenomenological implications are when sustainable design is applied to a city, what new hybrid typologies of programme and landscape are birthed, and the role that we as citizens will play in the production of a relevant social space. A central component of the smartcity is urban agriculture and the establishment of an ecological symbiosis between nature and built form. Over human history, agrarian economies have been replaced by industrial economies that have in turn been supplanted by post-industrial economies. The smartcity postulates that the next and final stage of evolution can only be a circular economy that subsumes agriculture, energy, and industry into co-dependency and self-perpetuation. The holistic construct of the Smartcity is developed through a series of international 18 case studies, some commissioned by government organisations, others speculative and polemic. Output: 18 Research Projects, 12 Book Chapters, 19 Journals, and Authored Book 'Smartcities + Eco-warriors' (Routledge, March 2010) ISBN 978-0-415-57124-1, 256pp; Co-author: Ed Liu, Contributing Essays: Carolyn Steel (food urbanist), Mark Jarzombek (historian MIT), David Satterthwaite (IIED).
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