Posts relating to regenerative design, transition and co-creation for eco-smart holistic human habitats facilitating a restorative green-blue circular economy of proximity

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Continued from Introduction:

(Continued from Introduction):

The Smart Garden City, is a proposal defined by the GCoT Model. The original proposal was entitled 'A Garden City of Today' - a model regenerative city which facilitates all 17 UNSDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), and satisfies the Ten Principles of the UNHABITAT #TheCityWeNeed v1&2. Version 1: HERE or here on Issuu. Version 2: here on Issuu.

***ADDITION MAY 2021: In addition to this, it also satisfies the 12 Key Principles for an Effective Urban Response During Covi-19 as set out by UNHabitat published by ArchDaily ***

This is an evolving description of how the GCoT model (Smart Garden City) can be applied in varying circumstances. A general summary of the GCoT model is presented in the Introduction here.

The model can be applied to city planning, urban extensions, as well as refugee camps. It is flexible enough to be applied to short and long term planned settlements. Indeed, it can be used as a temporary model, which may in turn become long term or permanent.

The main documents are:

A Garden City of Today, with executive summary

The GCoT Model - A spatio temporal complex systems model - see the Abstract below.

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GCoT Smart Garden City (in relation to refugee camps for example):

What is it? see post #140

Why this? see post #141

How? see post #142 and #143

Who? see post #144

Where? also post #144

Refugee Challenge Proposals:

European Social Innovation Competition post #115 :
Summary presented for #diogochallenge, (Named in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos) - the European Social Innovation Competition, see post #115

What Design Can Do #RefugeeChallenge post #139 :
Summary presented for #WDCD UNHCR and Ikea foundation What Design Can Do Competition, see post #139

Link to UNHCR competition entry:

Link to 5 Page summary (direct PDF download from UNHCR Ideas):

Smart Garden City Resources and Further Explainations

GCoT Image Gallery:

GCoT Literature review and v2.2 :

Garden City of Today (GCoT) Version 2.0 booklet:


Social Media



Comments discussion with an architect
 regarding Smart Garden City proposal :  post #154

Selected Diagrams

GCoT Literature Review

The GCoT Model – A Complex Systems Model For Spatio-temporal Settlement Design, Planning, Adaptation, Ecological Restoration, Economic Growth and Biourbanism; Employing Fractal Geometry, Recursion, Complexity, Emergence, Landscape Ecology, Biological Remediation, Agroecology and Central Place Theory

Synthesis of related subjects into synergistic models for planning communication can facilitate multi-disciplinary strategy, for adaptation planning. This is relevant for planning and adapting complex systems such as cities and other human population centres. This paper combines three fields within an holistic model proposed for elucidating urban complexity, improving energy efficiency, and for adaptation planning. Idealised models for transport infrastructure, mixed-use spatial design and, green infrastructure for ecosystem services are combined forming a holistic model. This model is presented with reference to peer reviewed articles and other publications. An implementation approach is proposed, showing its scalability, how diversity may be maintained in urban form, and function, reconciled with unity in spatial planning, achieved through participatory urban planning approaches combined with e
stablished methods for ecological landscape restoration to achieve regenerative and sustainable development. A conceptualised, scaled and scalable spatial pattern is presented at city-scale, as an ecologically regenerative “smart” garden city model, and is referred to as the GCoT Model – acronym for Garden City of Today (Busby, 2014). This is presented for prospective use as an operational model and conceptual aid for strategic and adaptation planning, urban design and urban modeling.

Keywords: #Sustainable #Development; #SustainableDevelopment Goals; #SDGs; #Complexity; #FractalGeometry; #CentralPlace; #Transit Orientated; #TOD; #Mixed-use; #Mobility; #Growth; #Emergence; #Walkable; #ActiveTransport; #Recursion; #Biophilic #Design; #Biourbanism; #P4P; #Unified settlement planning; #Scalable; #Urban #sprawl; #Mitigation; #ZeroCarbon; #Sequestration; #Flood resistance; #Resilience; #Agroecology; #Permaculture; Urban Heat Island; #UHI; Homogeneous; Heterogeneous; #Ecological; Meta-habitat; #Proximity; #Transport Orientated #Development; #Transport; Hierarchy; #Multi-modal; #Inter-modal; #MetabolicCity; #ResourceManagement; #WasteManagement; #Waste; #ClosedLoop; #CircularEconomy; #Homeostasis; Dynamic #Equilibrium; Urban #Analogy; #Correspondence; #Transition; Rapid Urbanisation; #Modeling; #EconomicDevelopment; #Retrofitting; #Amelioration; #Innovation; #CollaborativeDesign; #CoDesign; #Participatory Urban Planning; #ParticipatoryPlanning; #Bottom-up development; #Top-down planning; #holistic design; #GardenCities; #SmartCity; #SmartGardenCity.

 Landscape Restoration for Economic Development

Commonland® believes that landscape restoration offers large untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. To demonstrate this potential, the company develops landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases.
Commonland’s holistic restoration approach combines and connects natural and economic landscape zones and delivers 4 returns®.

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