Terms of Reference

We question and debate how other terms and programmes overlap and have relevance to Designed Ecology. As the concept of Designed Ecology becomes more widely recognised, the synergies with each of these will unfold.

Designed Ecology takes a Socio-Technical approach to re-framing the whole concept of Green Infrastructure, combining a full technical underpinning, with a primary consideration for human needs and the aesthetic response of people to ecologically-beneficial urban landscapes.

Ecology – the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment. It is an interdisciplinary field that includes biology, geography and Earth science.

Green Infrastructure – using the term ‘infrastructure’ gives GI a valuable place alongside built features accepted in planning philosophy, such as Transport Infrastructure, Energy Infrastructure.

Urban Green Space – are we comfortable with the concept of ‘space’ in high-density environments? Do we think of ‘space’ as something that needs to be filled with purpose?

Urban Ecology – is the scientific study of the relation of living organisms with each other and their surroundings in the context of an urban environment.

Blue-Green Cities – flood management or mitigation combining water management and landscape planning.

Human ecology – the interaction of people with their natural environment.

Ecosystem refers to a dynamic complex of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non-living environment interacting as a functional unit.

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