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Building with Nature: Creating, Implementing and Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions
Erik van Eekelen and Matthijs Bouw (Editors)
nai010 Publishers/EcoShape, December 2020
Paperback | 6-3/4 x 9-1/4 inches | 280 pages | 200 illustrations | English | ISBN: 9789462085824 | $55.00
Building with Nature offers a proven, innovative approach to creating Nature-based Solutions for water-related infrastructure that harnesses natural forces for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and society.
EcoShape is a consortium of contractors, engineering firms, research institutes, NGOs, and governmental authorities. In the past decade, it has conceptualized implemented, and analyzed Building with Nature projects in several countries. These projects demonstrate the capacity to build Nature-based Solutions at scale so as to create sustainable flood protection and cultivate resilient, ecologically rich living and working environments. Building with Nature, therefore, is the ideal approach for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
In this book, EcoShape introduces Building with Nature methodologies and outcomes. Dialogues with experts and stakeholders show there is an urgent and compelling case for further implementation. Key concepts are described, illustrated, and linked to six landscape types and their underlying ecological, economic, and social systems. This volume captures the imaginative potential of Building with Nature, and seeks to inspire readers and policy-makers across disciplines.REFERRAL LINKS:
Simply put, Building with Nature is, as the subtitle of the book of the same name describes, “creating, implementing, and upscaling Nature-based Solutions,” specifically for water-related infrastructure. Building with Nature is “a philosophy rooted in hydraulic engineering,” the text reveals, that “continues to broaden its applicability for sustainable development.” Projects sited at shorelines, for instance, would use solutions that protect and restore natural ecosystems, increase biodiversity, and address societal challenges, including climate change. A basic attitude of “working with rather than against nature” would guide every decision, be it the form an elevated park in a river takes or, more importantly, if it should even be built at all.
Many projects are mentioned in Building with Nature, but most of the book uses fictional settings to explore and explain the many Building with Nature concepts that arose from research programs carried out by EcoShape: one in 2008–2013 and one in 2014–2020. The six contexts/chapters are “Sandy Coasts,” “Muddy Coasts,” “Lowland Lakes,” “Rivers and Estuaries,” “Cities,” and “Ports.” Each chapter is treated consistently, with an aerial of the fictional landscape keyed to the relevant concepts that are described in detail on the following pages. The contexts are then diagramed and described in terms of ecological benefits; places to live, work, and visit; resource flows; integrated approach; and a growing system. Last are a list of resources, where the real-world projects are mentioned, followed by interviews or roundtables with project participants.
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.