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 Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One Reply to “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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