Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 50th Conference

Sustainable Urban Environments

by Amy BethRichard WenerBetsy YoonRuth A. RaeJessica Morris

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This conference explored how environments at all scales can be designed in support of a more sustainable world. While cities are contributors to the causes of climate change and other environmental problems, the urban setting will be the proving ground for many of the solutions that address environmental, economic, social and behavioral issues across the globe. Environmental design research is integral to shaping urban design and changing environmental behavior at the global scale.


Citation: Beth, A., Wener, R., Yoon, B., Rae, R. A., & Morris, J. (Eds.). (2019). Proceedings from EDRA 50: Sustainable urban environments. Brooklyn, NY: Environmental Design Research Association.

Front Matter

Additional Proceedings

Keynote and plenaries

Design & Advocacy: Environmental Design Research and Policy

Theme description

The understanding that environmental design research, in its study of the interrelationships between people and their built and natural environments, is critical to creating environments that are responsive to human needs. This includes the creative process of evidence-based design as well as advocating for policies that support critical environmental systems.

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Design & Advocacy: Full Papers

Design & Advocacy: Abstracts

Design & Advocacy: Posters

Design & Advocacy: Workshop & Symposia

Environmental Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Urban Ecology

Theme description

Bringing natural resources and updating environmental infrastructures in cities today is increasingly important given the densification of urban environments. Submissions address the incorporation of various green and blue infrastructure designs; techniques to provide benefits to urban inhabitants as well as the cities themselves; and recognizing that cities are places of urban ecology, where people and plants interact with their surroundings in an ecological manner.

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Environmental Infrastructure: Abstracts

Environmental Infrastructure: Posters