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Examples of this pattern in action:

Urban Ecology Design Collaborative
Urban Ecology Design Collaborative is an innovative association of planning and design professionals who specialize in offering ecologically-based design services. Urban Ecology includes architects, designers, environmental planners, landscape architects and engineers who are committed to finding comprehensive solutions to design challenges that are derived from a thorough understanding of a project's social, economic, technical and environmental issues. We believe that what makes our approach distinct is a unique combination of professional expertise focused on reconciling development pressures with the emerging environmental challenges facing our society.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

The Land Trust Alliance

The Trust for Public Land

Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Develop

1000 Friends of Oregon

Greenbelt Alliance

Institute of Urban Ecology

UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

Portland Metro

Resource Renewal Institute

Planning Commissioners Journal


Aberley, Doug, ed. Boundaries of Home: Mapping for Local Empowerment. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1993.

Aberley, Doug, ed. Futures by Design: The Practice of Ecological Planning. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1994.

Dramstad, Wenche E, James D. Olson and Richard T. Forman. Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1997.

Forman, R.T.T. Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK. 1995.

Lyle, John Tillman. Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.. New York, NY. 1994.

McHarg, Ian L. Design with Nature. John Wiley and Sons. Washington, DC. 1995.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling