bio

Dr Paul Downton BSc (Hons), BArch, PhD

Architect, writer, independent researcher and urban evolutionary.

Paul is acknowledged with Richard Register, as a founding pioneer of the global ecocity movement and sees ecocities as a global imperative and evolutionary adventure.

Paul’s many years in practice, academia and advocacy include designing the uber-green London Shed for the ANU’s coastal campus at Kioloa, co-convening the 1992 Second International Ecocity Conference, co-initiating and designing the ground-breaking Christie Walk inner-city eco-housing development, working with organisations in China on transitioning China to ecocities, leading research with Deakin University on biophilia for Melbourne’s new metro stations, designing an undergraduate program in Ecological Urban Design for China’s DeTao Group and initiating and designing the legendary Halifax EcoCity Project (awarded World’s Best Ecocity Project by Ecocity Builders in 1994).

Paul has written widely on his vision for “ecopolis” and has pursued the concept of “urban fractals” for two decades. He is author of Ecopolis – architecture and cities for a changing climate (Springer 2009) and has been an invited speaker on architecture, urbanism and climate change on 6 continents.

Current projects include the Fractal Handbook for Urban Evolutionaries, The Wild Cities of Half Earth series of graphic novels, a book of poetry,  looking for the perfect agent for his novel and attending to his dog’s aspiration to be a poet.