Eco-metropolis: tourism of the urban ecology
In this era of "experience economy," urban areas face increasing pressure to distinguish themselves in a world dominated by globalization. At the same time these metropolitan areas struggle to cope with the imbalance of urban and natural systems that is degrading natural resources and increasing pollution. The metropolitan area of Houston covers 8,778 square miles. Within that area, eight different ecosystems converge in one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in North America. The rise in pollution and flooding in Houston are indicators of the imbalances within the urban ecology. Eco-metropolis is the touristic investigation of strategies using both urban and natural systems of organization to create a unique territory of cohesive balance within the urban ecology of Houston.