Popular Participation in Climate Adaptation

Image: Living City Block

Image: Living City Block

“Civic Ecology” is an approach to neighborhood sustainability that emphasizes the “software” of communities (social capital, cultural resources, participatory processes, etc.) over the “hardware” typically associated with urban climate adaptation (green infrastructure, energy efficiency, changes to the built environment, and the like). This paper, written for the graduate class Popular Participation in Planning and Development, provides an overview of the Civic Ecology framework and analyzes it through the lens of various thinkers in the realms of power and participation – Arnstein, Freire, Gaventa, Habermas, and Foucault.

Popular Participation in Climate Adaptation – An Analysis of the Civic Ecology Framework (PDF)

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