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The Ecological Cities Project is a quasi-independent program of research, teaching, and outreach affiliated with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Rutherford H. Platt, the program seeks to promote sharing of knowledge and experience among disciplines, sectors, and urban regions regarding new approaches to urban greenspace creation and management.

NEWS - We are proud to announce the release of our new book, The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City published by the University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Please click on the image at right for more details.

The 'Humane Metropolis'
Are We Ready?

Neal Peirce Click on the picture at left to read Neal Peirce's article on the Humane Metropolis

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Click on the cover at left to learn about ecological cities research in Urban Watershed Management: Sustainability, One Stream at a Time from the May 2006 issue of Environment magazine.
Holly Whyte: Visionary for a Humane Metropolis

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In June 2004, Island Press released a completely revised edition of Rutherford Platt's Land Use and Society. Click on the cover at left for more information including full-color images featured in the book.

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