Re-Posted from The Sustainable Settlements Institute
The urgent requirement for education to address ecology and biodiversity
Our cities and towns need to be adapted to deal with the current and future pressures of climate change. This requires a new level of expertise. One essential element in this the education of the professionals who must deal with climate change adaptation in the design, planning and development of our urban spaces. Green wash, which is the current standard, is no longer acceptable.
In order to achieve a higher level of climate change adaptation, programs in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture should be required to provide far more than just an optional minimum level of education about the fundamentals of ecology and biodiversity and how it applies within cities.
From the view-point of natural resources, including ecology and biodiversity, university programs in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning must recognise that their graduates will have to be professionals who:
- Contribute to the design and creation of urban places that minimize the interruption of cycles of natural resources.
- Enhance and maintain a high level of green infrastructure.
- Plan, design and create cities sustainable settlements where residents recognize their inter-dependence on natural resources and the importance of sustainability of the cycles of natural resources.
- Plan, design and create cities sustainable settlements where ecology and biodiversity are fundamental contributors to the health of the urban areas and the residents.
this topic has been cross posted from our other blog – The Sustainable Settlements Institute – click on this link for the full posting
Paul Costigan, 14 January 2014