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Ecological Urban Architecture: Concepts and Applications of Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability


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The goal of advancing eco cities often remains confined to political or technological issues. This book establishes a focus on architectural and infrastructural design approaches to sustainable urban planning. Starting out from a critical assessment of five prototypical eco cities of recent decades (Vauban/Germany, solarCity/Austria, Valdespartera and Sarriguren/Spain, Bo01/Sweden), the book identifies fields in which architectural and urban designers can use their creative skills and methods to achieve sustainable results on an urban scale. Sustainability is undergoing a shift of focus from quantitative measures toward designoriented, interactive interventions. The range of qualitative solutions in ecological design is discussed here in four topical sections on "Materialize", "Mobilize", "Simulate" and "Transform". For example, "Materialize" explores the potential of eco-design beyond the traditional palette of materials to show how spatial boundaries can be re-imagined as gradients of conditioned versus unconditioned space, working with climatic conditions rather than material boundaries to help generate new forms of urban architecture. Thomas Schröpfer is Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Contributions by experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and design theory, among them Achim Menges of Stuttgart University Institute for Computational Design, Federico Parolotto of Mobility in Chain, Edoardo Rico of Groundlab London, Sheila Kennedy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Matthias Sauerbruch of Sauerbruch Hutton, provide in-depth information on the complexity of eco-design in urban environments and emphasize the need for new sensibilities in disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thinking processes.


Architectural design responses to the challenge of sustainable cities

About the Author

Thomas Schröpfer is partner of Schröpfer + Hee, Cambridge, and professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, in collatoration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His publications include "Material Design. Informing Architecture by Materiality" (2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ecological Urban ArchitectureBy Thomas Schröpfer

Five Case Studies: Planning and Implementing Ecological Urban Architecture

Vauban, Freiburg, Germany

solarCity, Linz, Austria

Valdespartera, Zaragoza, Spain

Sarriguren, Pamplona, Spain

Bo01 , Malmö, Sweden


Material Integration: Architecture in the Urban Environment

By Thomas Schröpfer

The Practice of Sustainability

By Matthias Sauerbruch, partner of Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin

Materially Informed Computational Design in Ecological Architecture

By Achim Menges, professor at Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design,

Cambridge, and Architectural Association, London

Biotic Rooftops for Ecological Urban Architecture

By Christian Werthmann, professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, and Institute for Advanced Studies, TU Munich


Mobilizing Connectivity: Mobility, Infrastructure, Society

By Thomas Schröpfer

The Road: an Urban Micro-Environment

By Federico Parolotto with Carolina Razelli; partner of Mobility in Chain, Milan

Relational Urbanism: a Systemic Approach to Urban Design

By Eduardo Rico, Civil Engineer at Arup, groundlab and Relational Urbanism, London

Sustainable Energy Landscapes: the Power of Imagination

By Sven Stremke, professor at the University of Wageningen


An New Synthesis

By Thomas Schröpfer

Simulate: Modeling the Future of Sustainable Cities

By Benjamin Shepherd, Shanta Tucker, Nico Kienzl - Atelier Ten, New York

Simulating Interdependent Complexity: Beyond Prescriptive Zoning

John Hong, partner of SsD and professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge

Evaluation of Sustainable High-Density Environments

Limin Hee with Zdravko Trivic; professor at the National University of Singapore


Transformation of use: Exposing Potential

By Thomas Schröpfer

The Necessity of All Scales

By Mitchell Joachim, partner of Planetary One and Terreform One, professor at New York University

Intersection Ecologies

By Sheila Kennedy, partner of Kennedy and Violich Architecture, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

New Perspectives

By Thomas Schröpfer

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Schroepfer, Thomas
Birkhauser Boston
Architecture-Urban Planning
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