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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2018, Vol. 6 Issue (1) : 52-63     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-20180106
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Global Challenges, Local Solutions: The City as an Ecosystem of Events
Tom RIVARD(), Michael COWDY, Jack QIAN
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Abstract

In a time of global challenges, cities are critical not only as vehicles for progress, but also as centers of diversity and resilience. Confronted with intensifying climates, and social, ecological, and economic issues, McGregor Coxall focuses on the stories people tell in making their cities. Our projects accept and challenge these stories which underpin city-making: the engine of economic progress, the marketplace of cultural production, and the myth of our separation from “nature.”

The success of contemporary city is built on a paradoxical relationship with two pressures: global development and environmental impacts. To address these crises, McGregor Coxall works at two scales, simultaneously, on all of our projects: in the large-scale realm of regional economic development and ecosystemic operations, and at the scale of the person, the street, and the neighbourhood. The systemic understanding provides the contextual basis by which projects perform, economically and environmentally, while our understanding of communities makes each project a genuine product of its time, place, and culture.

Keywords Biourbanism      Resilience      Performance      Public Engagement      Narrative      Community     
Issue Date: 28 March 2018
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Tom RIVARD,Michael COWDY,Jack QIAN. Global Challenges, Local Solutions: The City as an Ecosystem of Events[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2018, 6(1): 52-63.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2018/V6/I1/52
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