Duncan Crowley

Duncan Crowley
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | ISCTE · Department of Architecture and Urbanism

PhD student in Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories / MSc. Environment and Development / B.Arch. Architect
Doing PhD on community-led ecocities. UrbanA's community of practice "network weaver". ECOLISE co-president. Degrowth-er

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Introduction
Irish architect exploring community-led ecocities. “Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories” PhD student, ISCTE & working on UrbanA (sustainable just cities) with FCUL, Lisbon. Part of DINÂMIA'CET + CE3C research groups. Masters in Environment & Development, UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil. Lived in Barcelona (2006-13), co-founded local Transition group, Permaculture Design Certificate (2010) & Indignado (2011). Current ECOLISE Council co-president. COP25 delegate. River lover & Degrowther.
Additional affiliations
May 2019 - present
University of Lisbon
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • UrbanA (Urban Arenas for sustainable and just cities). Distilling innovative urban solutions for sustainable & just cities through a co-creative process with city-makers. A Horizon2020 3-year project led by a 7 partner consortium. https://urban-arena.eu/
October 2018 - present
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories Thesis (working title): Scaling up Community-Led Initiatives for Ecocity transformation. Exploring opportunities and barriers in Lisbon (2018 - 2021).
March 2016 - March 2018
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Position
  • Master's Student
Description
  • Master's degree in PPGMADE, Development and the Environment. Multidisciplinary course which included research line: Urbanization, the City and the Urban Environment.

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Publications (30)
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This article suggests that to adequately tackle climate breakdown, urban planning needs to move beyond sustainability to incorporate regenerative development frameworks. Key to this is activating and increasing citizen participation in a fractal-like, multi scaled, community-led, bottom up planning process, where active citizens design, construct a...
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We urgently require Transformational Politics in response to where humanity finds itself today; in the midst of a climate and biodiversity emergency (IPCC, 2018) that could possibly lead to societal collapse (Watts, 2019). This chapter identifies New Networks of Governance as the base of growing Transformational Politics, based on increased levels...
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The UrbanA team in Portugal were asked by Marilyn Hamilton to contribute to the "Urban Hub 20" e-book, which was published by Paul van Schaik. "Urban Hub 20 - Accelerating City Change in a VUCA World" How can we face the unprecedented complex challenges our cities face today – with Coronavirus and Climate Change? How can we create the conditions...
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Seeking adequate architectural responses toClimate Breakdown, this paper suggests a Post-Carbon, PostCapitalist and Degrowth solution based around Creative Descent responses to the twin challenges of Global Warming and Peak Oil. Contributing to the Ecocity concept (Register, 1987; McDonough, 2002), while addressing its problematic aspects (Caprotti...
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To combat climate breakdown, regenerative action is required. Degrowth criticises sustainability’s relationship to perpetual quantitative growth on a finite planet. Permaculture’s post carbon pathway shows us where we must go, doughnut economics gives us the compass to get there. By developing our urban systems community of practice ecosystem, comm...
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COP26 Humanity Rising Special Coverage. Global Regeneration Summit Day 8: Regenerating Cities. Also day 358 of "Humanity Rising", organized by Ubiquity University. "Cities Are Gaia’s Regeneration Hubs", hosted by Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, with guests: Dr. Monica Sharma, ex United Nations; Dr. Coleen Vogel, Professor at the University of the Witwatersra...
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Cities play a key role in responding to the great challenges of our time, but increasing poverty and inequality are putting the resilience of European cities to the test. UrbanA is a 3-year H2020 project led by a consortium of seven partners, including FCUL. It seeks to synthesize knowledge, empower participants, facilitate interactions and influen...
Poster
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ABSTRACT: Recognizing that “Modern cities are a product of the oil age”, this paper explores the Ecocity concept as a Post Carbon solution, based upon Creative Descent strategies and increased forms of citizen participation in local governance and decision making processes. The paper explores the emergence of new forms of citizen-led urban social m...
Poster
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*** Poster submission for Ecocity World Summit - https://ecocity-summit.com/ ** ABSTRACT: Shifting from sustainable to regenerative practice combats climate breakdown, while increasing social wellbeing for all humanity. This work explores the role of urban transitions in catalysing a regenerative world, where community-led ecocities are the goal of...
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To combat climate breakdown, regenerative action is required. Degrowth criticises sustainability’s relationship to perpetual quantitative growth on a finite planet. Permaculture’s post carbon pathway shows us where we must go, doughnut economics gives us the compass to get there. By developing our urban systems community of practice ecosystem, comm...
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This paper seeks to understand how three Community-Led Initiatives (CLIs) in Lisbon engaging in local food production processes in their territories could act as possible catalysts for an urban transition pathway toward a regenerative world through ecocity transformation. Arguing that "Sustainable Cities" and "Sustainable Development" concepts can'...
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(Submission for "City as a project – Relations between architecture, the city and political processes", Pedro Luz Pinto. July 2019 - End of Year 1 of PhD programme) This paper traces the emergence and continued development of more radical forms of citizen-led governance in society throughout history, a process that is still ongoing and incomplete...
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Final presentation submission to end first year of PhD course at ISCTE (30/6/19) Key Words: Ecocities; Community-Led Initiatives; Lisbon; Community Mapping; Urban Transitions Research Question: What processes, structures or forms can enable the scaling up of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) to transform modern global cities into ecocities, wh...
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(Submission for "Public Space Module", Paulo Tormenta Pinto. June 11th 2019 - End of Year 1 of PhD programme) On June 7th 2019 Portugal’s Parliament declared “Climate Emergency”, following the example set by the UK and Irish governments in recent weeks. This comes after the beginning of the sharp upsurge in two intertwined global Climate activism...
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(Submission for "Production of Space Module", for Paulo Costa. June 2019 - End of Year 1 of PhD programme) Full Title: From Barreiro to Arrábida. Reconnecting with Nature. The Coina Corridor, a Community-Led response to Climate Breakdown. ** Recognizing the urgent need to respond to Climate Breakdown, this paper explores the possibility of an ecol...
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The UN warns Humanity has 11 years to avert Climate Catastrophe, this paper explores Citizen Initiative responses to Climate Breakdown in the Lisbon Metropolitan region, using a CIVICS.CC mapping tool methodology. It explores a Post Carbon and Degrowth scenario based upon Creative Descent responses to the twin challenges of Global Warming and Peak...
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Designated the “European Green Capital” in 2020, this thesis seeks to understand what an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Lisbon is and how citizens can get there. Deep into Climate Breakdown, Local Community-Based Initiatives (CBIs) in the Metropolitan Area are examined with 3 community mapping networks (Rede Convergir, ECOLISE, CIVICS)...
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Regarding how citizens can respond positively and urgently to Climate Breakdown and to implement climate adaptation solutions, this paper firstly investigates current urban structures facilitating highly participative levels of citizen engagement based around Municipalism and secondly explores a scaling up of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) str...
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Recognizing that "Modern cities are a product of the oil age", this paper explores the Ecocity concept as a Post Carbon solution, based upon Creative Descent strategies. The paper traces Ecocity developments and concludes they must be solutions for all citizens. It explores edible landscapes and offers a strategy based on a scaling up of the Global...
Thesis
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This dissertation investigates the actions of Civil Society groups currently active in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, which are attempting to create a more Sustainable City through Citizen Participation. The problem the dissertation seeks to explore is in regard to what is the current reality of the city celebrated in recent years as Brazil’s...
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Submission for TICYUrb conference in Lisbon. Conference Infos: https://ticyurb.wordpress.com/ Poster content: https://ecocitylisboa.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/from-curitiba-a-municipalist-based-ecocity-network-response-to-todays-global-crises/ 1 – Conclusions - The term Sustainable Cities was of its time, but no longer encapsulates all issues a c...
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Short presentation made in Portuguese when the masters was successfully defended in Curitiba.
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Fixing The City means; Rethinking The City, Hacking The City and inviting all citizens to Recreate your city, to participate in an open collective adventure so we can soon Eat The City and Drink The City! While occupying only 3% of the planets surface, the impact of today’s cities on a planet of limited resources is unsustainable. Recognizing the m...
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ECOCITY FESTIVAL 2017 CURITIBA. 5-day festival in Curitiba, 15 locations & with 40 groups. Local event during World Ecocity Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Main Organizer. Academic credits awarded from UTFPR, Curitiba, Brazil. July, 2017. Infos: https://ecocitycuritiba.wordpress.com/
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Expo in TU Delft University on Spatial Justice: Women and the Right to the City. 1 of 12 selected from 9,000+ MOOC. TU Delft, Holland. 2017. MOOC title: Rethink the City: New approaches to Global & Local Urban Challenges. TU Delft. Holland, 2017.. https://tinyurl.com/y9q96axn MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
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This was a winning finalist in IAAC’s 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest in 2009. This work was published in the “Theories & Strategies” section. The accompanying video was shown at CCCB. More info: https://ecocitycuritiba.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/barcelona-as-an-ecocity/
Technical Report
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Appendix to the White Paper delivered to CADS by EIG, July 2008. CADS: Consell Assessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible (The Advising Board for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia) http://cads.gencat.cat EIG: Eco Intelligent Growth, http://ecointelligentgrowth.net/ Table of contents: - Urban Greening systems: “Buildings as Trees, Cities...
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Dublin’s Mayday 2004 saw thousands of opponents to fortress Europe beaten away by riot cops and water cannons. Days later, RED ARCHIVE, a strange OPEN communication space seeking all inputs, was asking: What is art, what is politics? As activists, we used this space to communicate and build in and out of, to wander from and bring people to, to shar...
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THE BOTANIC SPINE: an 18 km long orbital linear park that threads through a series of pocket parks; some existing, some proposed. Sheriff Street Park is one such park who’s radical redesign acts as a catalyst for the area. The Spine acts as an eco corridor and greenway that threads together the 6 existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park (Europe’s...
Thesis
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Thesis logbook submitted as part of requirements for Diploma / Degree in Architecutre from DIT School of Architecture, May 2005. Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin, Ireland. http://www.dit.ie/architecture/ Vision: To create the Botanic Spine, an 18km orbital eco corridor/ greenway for Dublin City. A green thread that connects u...

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As the Coronavirus situation worsens, more communities are beginning to self-organise, support each other and understand what can be done to alleviate the impact of the virus. Arising from this new reality, our UrbanA project team began to identify helpful resources to assist ourselves and our wider Community of Practice. We have shared this resource online, on the ECOLISE knowledge commons wiki. Are there more examples you know of, that you feel should be added to the list? If so, please share and we will try to update.
Thanks in advance, Duncan
Community responses to covid-19
UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities) is a 3-year project funded by the European Union, and led by a consortium of seven partners - https://urban-arena.eu/
ECOLISE (European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability) https://www.ecolise.eu/

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Projects (5)
Project
How do we best tackle urban unsustainability & injustice? UrbanA is a three-year EU-funded project that aims to answer this challenging question. Its main aim is to gather knowledge from previous EU-funded research and other relevant projects and mobilise it more effectively for action and policy influence. It combines synthesis of existing information with active engagement of diverse city-makers in a series of four Arena events. https://urban-arena.eu/ Cities play a key role in responding to the great challenges of our time. However increasing poverty and inequality, exacerbated by the recent financial and housing crises, are putting the social cohesion and resilience of European cities to the test. Many researchers and innovators have focused on understanding urban social inequality and ecological unsustainability and have identified numerous ways of making cities more just and sustainable. This knowledge and experience needs to be further consolidated and effectively communicated. UrbanA takes up this challenge - Distilling and sharing knowledge generated by research and innovation projects and translating it into action. - Facilitating interaction and knowledge exchange. - Empowering UrbanA participants to apply this knowledge locally. - Influencing policies in favour of sustainable and just cities.
Project
(Working Title) Community-led Ecocity Transformation. Lisbon contributions to an Urban Systems Community of Practice ecosystem.(2018- 2022) Supervisors: Teresa Marat-Mendes & Roberto Falanga. Unofficial supervisor: Tom Henfrey.
Archived project
These years were spent working in EIG, an ecological consultancy, as an architect until the Economic Crisis unfolded. Later years involved with various Transition, Permaculture, Degrowth and Climate Justice groups and projects. EIG work included a White Paper submitted to CADS on strategic urban development for the city.