Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans

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Island Press, Jul 8, 2014 - Architecture - 214 pages
What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster feelings of connectedness to the ocean? As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, author Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship between urban development and the ocean. Modern society is more dependent upon ocean resources than people are commonly aware of—from oil and gas extraction to wind energy, to the vast amounts of fish harvested globally, to medicinal compounds derived from sea creatures, and more. In Blue Urbanism, Beatley argues that, given all we've gained from the sea, city policies, plans, and daily urban life should acknowledge and support a healthy ocean environment.

The book explores issues ranging from urban design and land use, to resource extraction and renewable energy, to educating urbanites about the wonders of marine life. Chapters delve into topics like the emerging practices of “community supported fisheries” and aquaponics, incentives for increasing use of wind and tidal energy as renewable options to oil and gas extraction that damages ocean life, and how the shipping industry is becoming more "green." Additionally, urban citizens, Beatley explains, have many opportunities to interact meaningfully with the ocean, from beach cleanups to helping scientists gather data.

Ultimately, he explains that we must create a culture of "ocean literacy" using a variety of approaches, from building design and art installations that draw inspiration from marine forms, to encouraging citizen volunteerism related to oceans, to city-sponsored research, and support for new laws that protect marine health. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice for urban planners, ocean activists, and policymakers, Blue Urbanism offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and great potential for urban areas to integrate ocean health into their policy and planning goals.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The UrbanOcean Connection
1
Chapter 2 The Reach of Cities
19
Chapter 3 Satisfying Urban Fish Eaters Sustainably
43
Chapter 4 Urban Design for a Blue Planet
61
Chapter 5 Reimagining Land Use and Parks in the Blue City
85
Chapter 6 Engaging UrbanDwellers in Marine Life around Them
103
Chapter 7 New Ideas for Connecting Oceans and Cities
133
Chapter 8 Forging a Blue Urban Future
155
Notes
167
Index
179
Island Press Board of Directors
189
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Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. He is the author of many books, including Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism.

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