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Urban Design Working Group
Urban Design Projects

  1. Why Deal with Urban Design in an Ecological Research Program?
  2. Grounding: Ecosystem Science and Urban Design
  3. Selected Urban Design Studios Projects
  5. HERCULES Feedbacks
  6. Comparing BES work with Indigenous Water and Vegetation Management Systems in Thailand

If you would like more information, please contact Brian McGrath.

Victoria Marshall and Brian McGrath at Gwynns Falls Park, 2002.
Photo: Steward Pickett
Urban Design Working Group
Since 2006, the BES LTER Urban Design Working Group (UDWG) has been located at Parsons The New School for Design, where its principal investigators Brian McGrath, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Victoria Marshall, Assistant Professor of Urban Design have been working on an atlas of the Gwynns Falls Watershed which maps and analyzes the spatial heterogeneity of this urban watershed according to the HERCULES landcover classification system developed by Mary Cadenasso, Steward Pickett and Kristen Schwarz (2007. Spatial heterogeneity in urban ecosystems: Reconceptualizing land cover and a framework for classification. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5: 80-88.). Additionally, Brian McGrath has been a co-principal investigator and Mateo Pinto, Jacinto Padin Obina and Victoria Marshall of urban-interface have been urban design research consultants on Feedbacks between Complex Ecological and Social Models: Urban Landscape Structure, Nitrogen Flux, Vegetation Management and Adoption of Design Scenarios as part of the National Science Foundation's Biocomplexity program on the coupled feedbacks between human and natural systems. Finally, in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Landscape Ecologist Danai Thaitakoo, McGrath has been comparing BES science-based water management systems with indigenous systems in Thailand.