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Description - Projective Ecologies: Ecology, Research, and Design in the Climate Age: Second Edition by Chris Reed

Projective Ecologies takes stock of the diversity of contemporary ecological research and theory - embracing Felix Guattari's broader definition of ecology as at once environmental, social, and existential - and speculates on potential paths forward for design practices. Where are ecological thinking and theory now?

The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of ecological ideas and ecological thinking in discussions of urbanism, society, culture, and design. The field of ecology has moved from classical determinism and a reductionist Newtonian concern with stability, certainty, and order in favour of more contemporary understandings of dynamic systemic change and the related phenomena of adaptability, resilience, and flexibility. But ecology is not simply a project of the natural sciences. Researchers, theorists, social commentators, and designers have all used ecology as a broader idea or metaphor for a set of conditions and relationships with political, economic, and social implications.

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