Ecological Design and Planning / Edition 1

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"…as we anticipate the world of the twenty-first century,landscape architecture is at a crossroads. If the disciplineembraces ecological design and planning, then it has a leadershiprole in contemporary society throughout the world. If landscapearchitecture, however, turns inward and ignores its largerresponsibility to the public good, then it will become marginalizedand less relevant." —George F. Thompson and Frederick R.Steiner The essays contained in this book are written by a crosssection of the most respected teachers and practitioners oflandscape design from around the globe. Ecological Design andPlanning offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latestthinking and practices in the art and science of ecologicallandscape design from such leading lights as Michael Laurie, CarolFranklin, Laurie Olin, Elizabeth Meyer,Mark Johnson, and IanMcHarg. The common thread that runs through these essays is theauthors’ conviction that the growing rift in landscapedesign—ecology vs. aesthetics—is an artificial one. Eachauthor expresses abiding concern for the ecological preservationand enhancement of the site, while demonstrating clearly—withboth words and pictures—that the best designs are those thatharmonize aesthetic form and ecological function. Ecological Designand Planning is a source of ideas and inspiration for landscapearchitects and planners, architects, and all those who understandthe importance of designing with nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471156147
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/31/1997
  • Series: Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,265,200
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE F. THOMPSON is founder and president of the Center forAmerican Places, a nonprofit organization based in Harrisonburg,Virginia, and Mesilla, New Mexico, that is dedicated to enhancingthe public's understanding of geography and the values of place,especially through books. He has won an Honor Award and a MeritAward from the American Society of Landscape Architects for hiseditorial work and is the author or coauthor of three previousbooks and the creator of ten book series.

FREDERICK R. STEINER is professor and director of the School ofPlanning and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University inTempe. He previously taught at the University of Colorado,Washington State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Heis the author and editor of eight books and has received two HonorAwards from the American Society of Landscape Architects forCommunication and Research. His articles have appeared in numerousprofessional journals and magazines around the world.

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Table of Contents


Landscape Ecological Planning (F. Ndubisi).

The Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture (E. Meyer).

Ecology and Landscape as Agents of Creativity (J. Corner).

Landscape Design and Nature (L. Olin).


Landscape Architecture and the Changing City (M. Laurie).

Ecology and the Urban Aesthetic (M. Johnson).

Bioregional Planning and Ecosystem Protection (C. Reiniger).

Signature-Based Landscape Design (J. Woodward).


Beyond Stewardship Toward Partnership (S. Schauman).

Fostering Living Landscapes (C. Franklin).

Images of an Ideal Landscape and the Consequences for Design andPlanning (M. Vroom).

Ecology and Design (I. McHarg).


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