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January 2014

Symbiotic Transformation

Jan 19, 2014 9:00 PM

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

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

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

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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August 2013

Symbiotic Cities Workshop Series: Toronto

Aug 18, 2013 3:24 PM



On June 15 we brought together 25 young leaders with backgrounds in policy, planning, architecture and engineering. We came together at the DIALOG studio in Toronto to dive into the 6 key transformations we believe are required for a regenerative, symbiotic city.

This group included members [...]

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