The Ecosystem Analogy: Interpreting Dysfunction and Disorder in Hong Kong

By Jennifer Lorrimar-Shanks.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper explores the value of the ecosystem analogy as an interpretive model for sustainable development in urban environments. The industrialised world adopted machines as an analogy, constructing a mechanistic world view, which resulted in an unsustainable methodology and a compromised natural environment. The ecosystem analogy inspires various environmental fields to advocate the reorganisation of human systems to emulate ecosystems. Ecosystems are inherently sustainable models that have endured for millennia. Analogous interpretation can assist the diagnosis of destructive urban conditions and offer directions for adaptive response. A number of urban conditions in Hong Kong will be examined in relation to ecosystem theory. The research anticipates a greater resemblance between emerging urban patterns and ecosystems, and presents evidence of transitional change.

Keywords: Sustainability, Ecology, Ecosystem Analogy, Hong Kong

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.251-262. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.678KB).

Jennifer Lorrimar-Shanks

Ph.D Candidate, School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Jennifer Lorrimar-Shanks is a P.h.D candidate in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania, and a practising Architect. Her doctoral research is concerned with exploring alternative narratives for sustainable development. Jennifer has an active interest in Architecture and the built environment, and an ongoing commitment to sustainability. As part of Architecture Week, a national Architecture festival in Britain, she had a key role in instigating and organising architectural workshops. She was project architect for buildings which received RIBA and Town and Country Sustainability Awards, and competition placings. Jennifer has been involved in research and teaching at Architecture schools in the UK and Australia.


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