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B kR i Book Review

EcoCities : Rebuilding Cities in Rebuilding Cities in  Balance with  Nature  (Revised Edition) (Revised Edition) By:   Richard Register g Prepared by :  p y

Research and Development Division Federal Department of Town and Country Planning Malaysia

Reviewed By:

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Nor Zaliza Mohd Puzi Ydira Ibrahim Ydira Ibrahim Asmahan Abdullah Mohd Fahrurazi Ahmad Suleiman Shamsul Azlan Mohd Anuar Shamsul Azlan Mohd Anuar Maizura Madzalan

About the Author:  One of the world’s great theorists and  g authors in ecological city design and  planning.  The founder of Urban Ecology and  Ecocity Builders.  He convened the first International  Ecocity Conference in 1990, and has  authored two previous books, as well as  h d i b k ll an earlier edition of EcoCities.

Main Structure A As we build, so shall we live b ild h ll li The city in evolution The city in nature The city in history The city today Access and Transportation d What to build Plunge on in !! Personal odyssey Tools to fit the task Wh h f What the fast‐breaking news may mean b ki Towards strategies for success

Preamble 

Re-building cities and towns based on ecological principles.

Focus on accessibility and transportation, and design principles.

Tools to accomplished the ecocity. ecocity

Full of author’s own illustrated inspired visions of ecocity.

Chapter 1 :

As We Build, So Shall We Live

Cities crisis.

Car dominated cities.

Urban sprawl, p , creates more commuting time

Buildings design - not reflected and served the synthesis of ecological and social needs.

Cities need to be rebuilt upon ecological principles.

G t down Get d t basics to b i

Chapter 2 :

The City In Evolution

Understand the relationship  between : o extinction and evolution;  extinction and evolution; o role of cities; and  o city based civilisations in  y evolution 

Understand the City’s ecological  footprint.  Key factors of city’ss evolution: Key  factors of city evolution: o density, diversity, form and  function of cities and the  awareness of their citizens.

City as living organism. City as living organism. 

Chapter 2 :

The City In Evolution

Chapter 2 :

The City In Evolution


Closing the street and adding more pedestrian – oriented buildings and activities Same location as last illustration, but with allweather arcades and more shop, businesses and housing

Chapter 3 :

The City In Nature

A composite house for two or three families in the country. This illustration assumes home-based work and considerable food production for it to amount to a community it with ith some economic i vitality, justifying the term “community�. Featured in addition to solar greenhouses greenho ses and terraces is a fun treehouse, bridge and slide into the small lake.


Chapter 4 :

The City In History


Chapter 4 :

The City In History


Chapter 5 :

The City Today

 Understand city evolution through Rebuilding and Rethinking processes. Mixed Use  High Density Model Mixed Use  Urban Sprawl   Development  Improvised high density model – bringing nature with appropriate  t h l technology.  Solution : Understanding the city  : Understanding the city  Solution a whole living system.

Chapter 6 :

Access and Transportation

Chapter 7 :

What To Build

 Recommended “ecocities principles” o o o o o

build the city like the living system. b ild h i lik h li i make the city’s function fit with the patterns of evolution. follow the builder’ss sequence  follow the builder sequence – start with the foundation. start with the foundation reverse the transportation hierarchy.  build soils and enhance biodiversity. y

 The The ecologically cities should build in high density walkable ecologically cities should build in high density walkable centers and follow the rules of “the city is the people”.  o Complex building C l b ildi o harmonious with nature

Chapter 8 :


Plunge On In !! Chapter 8 : Plunge On In

4 Steps To An Ecology Of The Economy : o Map o List o Incentives o People

Chapter 9 :

Personal Odyssey

• ‘Arcology’ = architecture + ecology


Chapter 10 :

Tools To Fit The Task

7  Steps To Produce Ecocity Zoning Map: p y g p o Local natural history map; o Establish walkable centers; o Adjust the circular zones ; o Show the limits; o Prepare sample vertical cross sections; P l ti l ti o Provide keys for the maps; and o Add scenario maps.

Chapter 11 : What The Fast Fast--breaking News May Mean

Chapter 11 : What The Fast Fast--breaking News May Mean

Chapter 11 : What The Fast Fast--breaking News May Mean

Chapter 11 : What The Fast Fast--breaking News May Mean

Chapter 12 :

Towards Strategies For Success

5 strategies to build ecologically healthy cities : o Follow the builder’s sequence; o Pursue the four steps to an ecology of the economy; o Move steadily and as vigorously as possible away from  M t dil d i l ibl f automobile sprawl and toward the pedestrian compact  city; o Take small steps as needed but move on to bigger  things when you can keep and those only; o Be flexible about ecocity changes.

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