In recent times, the presence of nature in the built environment is increasingly out of balance or essentially missing. This book presents a new theoretical framework through which to view sustainable place-making from the context of the seemingly incongruent and contradictory qualities of serenity and urbanism. The concept of 'eoeserene urbanism'e derives from the need for greater interaction with nature and an accommodation of rich and diverse contemporary programs for urban development where the healthiest qualities of nature co-exist with the most beneficial qualities of urbanism in residential settlement design. The theory is based on the collective nature of these opposites and how they respond to basic human needs, especially sustainability, human scale, community and ecology. Divided into three parts, the first part presents theoretical positions from the a mixture of Taoist and Stoic philosophy and the late 19th century impressionism to present day pluralism, as exemplified by Ekistics, the Gaia hypothesis, Landscape Urbanism, place theory, biophilia, and dynamic sustainability, all of which inform a consummatory and numinous relationship of serenity and urban intensity. The second part is heuristic analysis and focused case study of Serenbe Community located southwest of Atlanta, Georgia in which the seminal concepts are actualized and explained in its design and realization. The third part is a synthesis of the principles and case studies into succinct guidelines that are directly transferrable to differing contexts and scales of application. The conclusions support the integration of the serene and urban as they inextricably contribute to sustainability, health and wellbeing, and community in complementary ways., Serenity is becoming alarmingly absent from our daily existence, especially within the urban context. Time is dense and space is tumultuous. The idea of the serene has gained currency in postmodern discussions, and when combined with urbanism conjures questions, even contradictions, as the two ideas seem improbable yet their correspondence seems so inherently desirable. Integrated, these two constructs present design challenges as they manifest in differing ways across the rural-urban transect. In response, Part I of this book establishes the theoretical framework through different contemporary perspectives, and concludes with a clear explanation of a theory of serene urbanism. The positive characteristics of urbanism and beneficial qualities of the serene are explored and related to sustainability, biophilia, placemaking and environmental design. Both principles and examples are presented as compelling portraits for the proposal of these new urban landscapes. Part II of the work is an in-depth exploration and analysis of serene urban ideas related to the intentional community being created outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. "Serenbe" is the name given to this place to commemorate the value and nuance between the serene and urban.
Philip James Tabb - Serene Urbanism : A Biophilic Theory and Practice of Sustainable Placemaking ebook DOC, MOBI
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