Ecologies of Prosperity


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SpecificationsSKU: 90700Size: 6.5″ x 9.5″ Portrait Pages: 300pp Binding: Soft Bound Publication Date: Fall 2018 ISBN: 978-1-940743-50-9 Rights World: Available

Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City is a collection of writings, interviews, and projects exploring themes introduced during the 2016 Woltz Symposium: Novel Synergies, the Instrumental Commons, and Dispersed Concentrations. With new material from speakers Philippe Rahm, Nina-Marie Lister, Marina Alberti, Paola Viganò, Niek Hazendonk, Albert Cuchí, and Jedediah Purdy, the dialogue is framed by a series of seminal texts from the 20th century and reimagines existing urban challenges through exemplary design projects of today. Structured as a reader for students and design practitioners, it promotes urban design as a catalyst for cultural, social, and environmental transformation within cities, towns, communities, institutions, and individuals faced with today’s most pressing urban challenges.

This publication puts forward the idea that urbanization is the result of a certain relationship between the territory and the society who inhabits it. Thus, without transforming the way societies inhabit the territory and its intrinsic motivations another type of city-territory cannot be built. The publication collects these motivations that could fuel this transformation and classifies them into three categories: Novel Synergies, Instrumental Commons, and Dispersed Concentrations.

Margarita Jover is an architect, urban designer, and landscape architect based in Virginia, USA and Barcelona, Spain. She is the founder and principal, with Inaki Alday, of the firm ‘aldayjover architecture & landscape,’ and an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Alex Wall is a professor of practice in the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Virginia. Previously, he worked at OMA in London and Rotterdam and served as Chair and Professor of International Urban Design at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Germany.


6.5" x 9.5" Portrait




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Fall 2018



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