The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

The Urban Systems reading group meets once a week to discuss readings on a wide range of topics relating to urban areas.

The group meets Wednesdays at noon (feel free to bring your lunch) in either the CMP conference area, or the MRC conference room next door, depending on availability.

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Industrial ecology and the rediscovery of inter-firm recycling linkages: historical evidence and policy implications.
by Pierre Desrochers

by Steven Johnson

People needs in the urban landscape: analysis of Landscape and Urban Planning contributions.
by Rodney H. Matsuoka and Rachel Kaplan

An expanded urban metabolism method: toward a systems approach for assessing urban energy processes and causes
by Stephanie Pincetl, Paul Bunje, and Tisha Holmes

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid
by C.K. Prahalad and S.L. Hart

Community disassembly by an invasive species
by Nathan J. Sanders, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Nicole E. Heller and Deborah M. Gordon

Making local planning work for urban agriculture in the North American context: a view from the ground
by Joel Thibert

Past Readings:
Co-adapting societal and ecological interactions following large disturbances in urban park woodlands
by Margaret M. Carreiro and Wayne C. Zipperer

Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems
by C.S. Holling

Tending the Body’s Microbial Garden
by Carl Zimmer

Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs

Sequential City Growth: Empirical Evidence
by David Cuberes

Fossil Fuels and Clean, Plentiful Energy in the 21st century: The Example of Coal
by Mark Jaccard

Urban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime across Cities
by Luıs M. A. Bettencourt, Jose Lobo, Deborah Strumsky, Geoffrey B. West

Perceptions of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice
by James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Reto Ruedy

Coping With the Subsidence of Economic Growth:
Aiming for Ecologically Sound Adaptation
by Keith Helmuth

Long-term trends and a sustainability transition
by Robert W. Kates and Thomas M. Parris

Culture, creativity and spatial planning
by Klaus R. Kunzmann

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math
by Bill McKibben

Sustaining Beauty. The performance of appearance
by Elizabeth K. Meyer

On the Map: Conservation Planning for the Kansas City Region

Resilient cities: meaning, models, and metaphor for integrating the ecological, socio-economic, and planning realms
by S.T.A. Pickett, M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove

Reflections on “Growth Isn’t Possible”
by Andrew Simms et al

The Future of Resilience Planning: Resiliency is not Enough

Science, energy, ethics, and civilization
by Vaclav Smil

The Macroecology of Sustainability
by Joseph R. Burger, Craig D. Allen, James H. Brown, William R. Burnside, Ana D. Davidson,
Trevor S. Fristoe, Marcus J. Hamilton, NormanMercado-Silva, Jeffrey C. Nekola, Jordan G. Okie,
Wenyun Zuo

The Shifting Boundaries of Sustainability Science: Are We Doomed Yet?
by John H. Matthews, Frederick Boltz

Imagining Urban Adaptation to Material and Ecological Descent
by Philip C. Emmi

Wasatch Front Regional Council Green Infrastructure Map