November 27, 2007

Envisioning an Integral Urban Habitat

In her essay, "An Integral City Adds Value to the Earth" (adapted from her forthcoming book) Marilyn Hamilton PhD describes cities as a whole systems like the human equivalent of a beehive. Hamilton proposes an 'integral meta-framework' to reframe cities as resilient, vibrant human habitats.

Exploring the intentions, behaviours, cultures and social systems of individuals and groups in the city, in the context of climatic/geographic life conditions, Hamilton's framework seeks to integrate the sciences of living systems, complexity, human development and energy, to optimize the emergence and sustainability of human capacities & urban habitats.

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