EcoUrbanism Worldwide research project


The EcoUrbanism research project is investigating what is happening to urbanism on the ground in model sustainable neighbourhoods. Beginning with a pilot (2010-2012) that compared model redevelopment projects at Melbourne's Docklands and Vancouver's Village at Southeast False Creek, EcoUrbanism (2014-2019) will build insight from researchers and theorists, policy makers, and architects and city-builders globally toward a compendium of ecourban projects, and a set of pioneering case studies. We employ a critical pragmatic framework that will challenge dominant stereotypes about the roles people and organizations plan in city building and shed new light on the spaces available for compromise in urban form, policies, and human behaviours to create more sustainable cities.

As part of the EcoUrbanism research project, Geography 449 students have been involved in piloting a new place observation tool in one of Vancouver's "greenest" neighbourhoods, the Village at Southeast False Creek. The place observation tool draws upon the place reading and city image making tradition of Kevin Lynch, along with insights from contemporary theories of liveability, sustainability and neighbourhood development, to collect multi-perspectival data in both image and qualitative formats. These data will create a benchmark for comparative analysis of different neighbourhoods, within different national contexts, that have been planned and designed with model and transformative goals.

Project contact:  Meg Holden