Proposal of the Total Human Ecosystem on Blakeley Island, Mobile AL

Author(s): Zhou, L.

The principle of industrial ecology and landscape ecology has been touched upon in the past decades by scientists, ecologists and landscape architects. The concepts of industrial ecology have passed beyond the idea of controlling pollution and are trying to foster "thinking like an ecosystem". Landscape ecology focuses on the spatial pattern intertwined with processes and changes. Through applying the model of "Total Human Ecosystem" with the structure of patch-corridor-matrix, landscape ecology provides a model applied to the environment with human disturbance. Mobile, AL is a city built in wetlands and it was dominated by heavy industry. Blakeley Island is one of the largest industrial areas in Mobile, AL. The situation in Blakeley Island reflects the paradox at a global scale. On one hand, people are searching for more methods to take full advantage of the environment and create jobs. On the other hand, people complain about the degradation of their living habitats due to the overdevelopment. This paper focuses on how to create an ecological and sustainable living system that provides reconciliation between the industrial park and natural wetlands on Blakeley Island. My research explores the application of the Total Human Ecosystem model through landscape transition at urban scale in a way that, natural processes and industrial processes cooperate. Besides science, for example landscape ecology, has provided knowledge about the role of human in creating and affecting patterns and processes. But science has been less effective in transforming this knowledge to society and design is a common ground for scientists and practitioners to bring scientific knowledge into decision-making. The novelty of my method is the integration of science and design from dysfunctional patch recovery and corridors creation, to the new cybernetic symbiosis cycle formulation.

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Technical Sessions

1 Best Management Practices #1
2 Delta Water Assessment
3 Flood Assessment & Mgmt.
4 Wetlands
5 Watershed Mgmt. #1
6 Non-Point Source Assessment
7 Modeling
8 Water Quality
9 Best Mgt. Practices #2
10 Delta Water Conservation
11 Sedimentation
12 Storm Water
13 Watershed Mgt. #2
14 Public Water Systems
15 Surface Water Assessment & Evaluation

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