Designing Greenways: Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People / Edition 2

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How are greenways designed? What situations lead to their genesis, and what examples best illustrate their potential for enhancing communities and the environment? Designing greenways is a key to protecting landscapes, allowing wildlife to move freely, and finding appropriate ways to bring people into nature. This book brings together examples from ecology, conservation biology, aquatic ecology, and recreation design to illustrate how greenways function and add value to ecosystems and human communities alike. Encompassing everything from urban trail corridors to river floodplains to wilderness-like linkages, greenways preserve or improve the integrity of the landscape, not only by stemming the loss of natural features, but also by engendering new natural and social functions. From 19th-century parks and parkways to projects still on the drawing boards, Designing Greenways is a fascinating introduction to the possibilities— and pitfalls—involved in these ambitious projects. As towns and cities look to greenways as a new way of reconciling man and nature, designers and planners will look to Designing Greenways as an invaluable compendium of best practices.
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Editorial Reviews

Natural Areas Journal

"Designing Greenways presents a practical, applied approach to greenway design within a context of sound science...Greenways are shown to be an excellent vehicle for environmental education and environmental art...Designing Greenways is a well-written scientific and social survey that describes how greenways can be a part of sustainable landscapes."
Landscape Ecology

"The ample use of figures and photographs to support the text makes the book eminently readeable. Tables provide fingertip summaries of data. ...the early chapters...provide clear and complete synopses of the history of greenways and the benefits of preserving swaths and stringers of the landscape for ecological and social benefits. This is the sort of book that will become, over the years, a dog-eared favorite in many land use planners' personal or professional libraries."
Chicago Botanic Garden Lenhardt Library's Current Books

"the reader will appreciate the need for well-designed green corridors that improve the quality of life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559633291
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2006
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Landscape architect Paul Cawood Hellmund is Director of the Conway School of Landscape Design in western Massachusetts. His writing, teaching, and design work focus on greenways, ecological networks, protected areas, and related projects that seek a balance the needs of people with the functions of nature. He lives with his wife and two sons in the village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Daniel Somers Smith teaches in the Environmental Studies department of Antioch University, New England in Keene, NH. He is interested in the history, ideas, and practice of nature conservation and environmentalism, and especially how critical analysis of this and other social movements can lead to more inclusive and far-sighted modes of action. He is also the author of Hidden Ecologies: The Paradox of Consumptive Environmentalism, which examines the intertwined histories of wildlands conservation and tourism in the New England and New York.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Greenway Functions, Design, and History
Chapter 2. Greenway Ecology and the Integrity of Landscapes: An Illustrated Primer
Chapter 3. Greenways as Wildlife Corridors
Chapter 4. Riparian Greenways and Water Resources
Chapter 5. The Social Ecology of Landscape Design: Applications for Greenways
Chapter 6. Ecological Greenway Design
Landscape Lines to Hold
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