Symbiotic Cities, inventing the future

Designing for a symbiotic, regenerative relationship with our environment... 

The Symbiotic Cities Network is an open network of urban planners, architects, engineers, ecologists and economists exploring how the design of our cities could shift our relationship with the environment from being pathologically parasitic to being Ecologically beneficial. See more...



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June 2014

“Urban Transformations: Designing the Symbiotic City" International Design Ideas Competition

Jun 22, 2014 9:28 PM
by Aclife -

The 2014 SymbioticCities International Design Ideas Competition: “Urban Transformations: Designing the Symbiotic City” launched on the first day of summer June 21st. If you are a planner, urban designer, architect, landscape architect, engineer, or ecologist, we think you may have some important insights to share with the world about how to transform our existing cities into more resilient, climate adaptive, regenerative, symbiotic cities. We have designed this international design ideas competition for you to explore and show the world your ideas.

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January 2014

Symbiotic Transformation

Jan 19, 2014 9:00 PM
by Craig Applegath

How will we transform our cities to shift us from our current parasitically harmful relationship with our natural environment to a regenerative, symbiotic relationship? This was one of the first questions that we asked after developing the definition of a Regenerative Symbiotic City. This blog outlines the key transformations required to achieve symbiosis.

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Energy, Ecosystem Services, High-Density, Urban Food, Building Design, Non-toxic, Material Recycling, Water Recycling, Resilience, Economic Policy   Add Comment

Key Assumptions

Jan 12, 2014 9:00 AM
by Craig Applegath

When I am giving public presentations about Symbiotic Cities I am often asked about the assumptions we have made in developing the ideas that are set out in this website. This is a very important question, because, clearly, the assumptions we have made will determine both the reasonableness and the potential for implementation of the ideas. We have clearly set out these assumptions in the introduction to the Transitions section of the site, but they bear repeating again in response to our readers queries.

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December 2013

Exploring the Problem of Implementing Significant Change

Dec 30, 2013 9:19 PM
by Craig Applegath

We are very interested in exploring the question of how to implement significant and complex social and economic change – for example the kind of economic and social change that will be required to address global warming, and would like to hear back from you, your thoughts on this question. Who are the key writers that are exploring this at the moment? What past precedents are worth examining?

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Dale Prest on the Importance of Forests as Carbon Sinks

Dec 8, 2013 2:00 PM
by Craig Applegath

In this blog, Dale discuses the effects that forest harvesting has upon soil nutrients like carbon and nitrogen with the goal of developing forestry practices that can continue to provide ecosystem services that sustain ecological communities, contribute to climate change mitigation and support rural economies in Canada. 

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