Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as Mosaic
A weblog essay by Victoria Marshall, posted April 15, 2013 on SustainableCitiesCollective.com
Keywords: megacities, satellite images, urban ecology, Conservation & Recreation, Urban Planning, Land Use, Populace, Urbanism, Sustainability
Main Document: Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as Mosaic
Companion Documents: Patch Guide, and How to draw your own patches using Google Earth.
Urban Design practices have always been created in response to emerging and overlapping city models and the disciplinary contexts designers find themselves in. I have found that the urban ecology framework of Patch Dynamics has been key in allowing me to see how city models such as the megalopolis and the megacity interact and generate urban ecosystem change [see Note 1, at the end of the blog]. Your first thought about a patch may be that of a shape that changes. However, the concept of a patch in this case describes a set of patches or a mosaic that changes over time. My search is not to find or create the best patch mosaics, or those that function in the most resilient ways. Instead, it is a project of creating urban design practices and strategies for a diversity of urban actors to engage their patches and democratize the resilience cycle in their own ways. [READ MORE]