Blue Urbanism

At Design Observer there is nice essay urging us to reconsider how we approach urban planning.

As planners and designers, we need to take up the mantle of blue urbanism. Just as green urbanism challenges us to rethink sustainability at the city scale, blue urbanism asks us to re-imagine ourselves as citizens of a blue planet. How can we become better stewards of the worlds oceans?

When planning cities, we often do not consider coastal habitats within the scope of urban growth and design. Yet our influence is considerable.

Blue urbanism — an emerging set of ideas and perspectives — would mean that cities would seriously evaluate and carefully regulate their effects on marine environments; and city planners are potentially on the front lines of this new movement. Cities have jurisdiction over near-shore habitats and can extend zones of planning and management to offshore areas

via Blue Urbanism: City Planning and the Ocean Environment: Places: Design Observer.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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One comment on “Blue Urbanism
  1. while I support the idea of Blue Urbanism, I find it hard to support this article due to the silly pseudo-science/engineering ideas based on recycling plastic from the so-called “Pacific Garbage Patch”. Don’t get me wrong – plastic pollution in the oceans is a big deal, but there is no island of plastic floating around in the ocean that can be scooped up and used for some idyllic new urbanism purpose.

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