Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living

Margarita Jover and Alexander Wall


Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City is a collection of writings, interviews, and projects exploring themes introduced during the 2016 Woltz Symposium: Novel Synergies, the Instrumental Commons, and Dispersed Concentrations. With new material from speakers Philippe Rahm, Nina-Marie Lister, Marina Alberti, Paola Viganò, Niek Hazendonk, Albert Cuchí, and Jedediah Purdy, the dialogue is framed by a series of seminal texts from the 20th century and reimagines existing urban challenges through exemplary design projects of today. Structured as a reader for students and design practitioners, it promotes urban design as a catalyst for cultural, social, and environmental transformation within cities, towns, communities, institutions, and individuals faced with today’s most pressing urban challenges.


Putting forward the idea that urbanization is the result of a relationship between the territory and its society, this publication outlines how a society that inhabits territory and its intrinsic motivations must be transformed, so that other types of city-territories can be built. Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living Citycollects the motivations that could fuel this transformation and classifies them into three categories: Novel Synergies, Instrumental Commons, and Dispersed Concentrations.


6.5” x 9.5” Portrait
Publication date: 
Spring 2018
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About the author: 

Margarita Jover is an architect, urban designer, and landscape architect based in Virginia, USA and Barcelona, Spain. She is the founder and principal, with Inaki Alday, of the firm aldayjover architecture & landscape, and an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.


Alex Wall is a professor of practice in the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Virginia. Previously, he worked at OMA in London and Rotterdam and served as Chair and Professor of International Urban Design at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Germany.