Design for Human Ecosystems: Landscape, Land Use, and Natural Resources / Edition 1

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Overview

<p>For more than 30 years, John Tillman Lyle (1934-1998) was one of the leading thinkers in the field of ecological design. Design for Human Ecosystems, originally published in 1985, is his classic text that explores methods of designing landscapes that function in the sustainable ways of natural ecosystems.The book provides a framework for thinking about and understanding ecological design, along with a wealth of real-world examples that bring to life Lyle's key ideas. Lyle traces the historical growth of design approaches involving natural processes, and presents an introduction to the principles, methods, and techniques that can be used to shape landscape, land use, and natural resources in an ecologically sensitive and sustainable manner. Lyle argues that careful design of human ecosystems recognizes three fundamental concerns: scale (the relative size of the landscape and its connections with larger and smaller systems), the design process itself, and the underlying order that binds ecosystems together and makes them work. He discusses the importance of each of these concerns, and presents a workable approach to designing systems that effectively accounts for all of them. The theory presented is supported throughout by numerous case studies that illustrate its practical applications.This new edition features a foreword by Joan Woodward, noted landscape architecture professor and colleague of Lyle, that places the book in the context of current ecological design thinking and discusses Lyle's contributions to the field. It will be a valuable resource for landscape architects, planners, students of ecological design, and anyone interested in creating landscapes that meet the needs of all an area's inhabitants-human and nonhuman alike.
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Lyle 1934-1998 describes the principles, methods, and techniques for shaping landscape, land use, and natural resources in ways that can make human ecosystems function in the sustainable ways of natural ecosystems. Illustrated with detailed, extensive b&w technical drawings and maps. Originally published in 1985 by Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637206
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Tillman Lyle was, until his death in 1998, professor of landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Where Mind and Nature Meet 1
Pt. I Scales of Concern 23
Ch. 2 A Hierarchy of Scale 24
Ch. 3 The Region 43
Ch. 4 Subcontinents and the Whole Earth 76
Ch. 5 Plan Units and Smaller Landscapes 88
Pt. II Design Processes and Methods 125
Ch. 6 Stages and Themes of Design 126
Ch. 7 Stage of Romance: Inception 136
Ch. 8 Stage of Precision: Information and Models 144
Ch. 9 Stage of Generalization: Possibilities, Predictions, Plan 161
Pt. III Modes of Ecological Order 193
Ch. 10 Foundations of Ecosystem Design 194
Ch. 11 Structure: The Roles of Plants 200
Ch. 12 Structure: Design for Animals 213
Ch. 13 Function: Controlling Material and Energy Flows 228
Ch. 14 Location: Patterns and Landscape Suitability 241
Ch. 15 Location: Impact Prediction 260
Ch. 16 A New Era of Design 264
References 265
Index 270
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