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<p>Ian L. McHarg's landmark book Design with Nature changed the face of landscape architecture and planning by promoting the idea that the design of human settlements should be based on ecological principles. McHarg was one of the earliest and most influential proponents of the notion that an understanding of the processes that form landscapes should underlie design decisions.<p>In To Heal the Earth, McHarg has joined with Frederick Steiner, a noted scholar of landscape architecture and planning, to bring forth a valuable cache of his ...
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<p>Ian L. McHarg's landmark book Design with Nature changed the face of landscape architecture and planning by promoting the idea that the design of human settlements should be based on ecological principles. McHarg was one of the earliest and most influential proponents of the notion that an understanding of the processes that form landscapes should underlie design decisions.<p>In To Heal the Earth, McHarg has joined with Frederick Steiner, a noted scholar of landscape architecture and planning, to bring forth a valuable cache of his writings produced between the 1950s and the 1990s. McHarg and Steiner have each provided original material that links the writings together, and places them within the historical context of planning design work and within the larger field of ecological planning as practiced today.<p>The book moves from the theoretical-beginning with the 1962 essay "Man and Environment" which sets forth the themes of religion, science, and creativity that emerge and reappear throughout McHarg's work-to the practical, including discussions of methods and techniques for ecological planning as well as case studies. Other sections address the link between ecology and design, and the issue of ecological planning at a regional scale, covering topics such as education and training necessary to develop the field of ecological planning, how to organize and arrange biophysical information to reveal landscape patterns, the importance of incorporating social factors into ecological planning, and more.<p>To Heal the Earth provides a larger framework and a new perspective on McHarg's work that brings to light the growth and development of his key ideas over a forty year period. It is an important contribution to the literature, and will be essential reading for students and scholars of ecological planning, as well as for professional planners and landscape architects.
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Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund, and former administrator, EPA - Russell E. Train
"A true visionary and passionate believer in the inter-dependence of man and nature, Ian McHarg has played a major role in the environmental revolution. His selected writings in To Heal the Earth provide a fascinating record of how through theory, practice, and powerful advocacy he has brought an ecological imperative to landscape and urban planning."
William McDonough + Partners - William A. McDonough
"Ian McHarg's work is seminal; it is an ethical and scientific touchstone for everyone trying to discern humanity's rightful and meaningful place as part of the natural world. He moved ecology from a marginal to a central concern and changed design and planning forever."
author, public radio commentator, and former editor of Landscape Architecture - Grady Clay
"Beginning almost alone, Ian McHarg has energized-by the wizardry of his language coupled with a new world vision—not only the profession of landscape architecture, but two generations of citizens now able to call themselves environmentalists. Broad is his brush as well as his scope. Fortunate are we to get so much of his breadth compressed into these pages."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559635738
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Changing the Nature of Design and Planning: Theoretical Writings 5
Ch. 1 Man and Environment 10
Ch. 2 The Place of Nature in the City of Man 24
Ch. 3 Ecological Determinism 39
Ch. 4 Values, Process and Form 57
Ch. 5 Natural Factors in Planning 72
Pt. II Planning the Ecological Region 85
Ch. 6 Regional Landscape Planning 94
Ch. 7 Open Space from Natural Processes 108
Ch. 8 Must We Sacrifice the West? 132
Ch. 9 Ecological Planning: The Planner as Catalyst 139
Ch. 10 Human Ecological Planning at Pennsylvania 142
Pt. III Form and Function Are Indivisible 157
Ch. 11 The Court House Concept 163
Ch. 12 Architecture in an Ecological View of the World 175
Ch. 13 Nature Is More Than a Garden 186
Ch. 14 Landscape Architecture 188
Ch. 15 Ecology and Design 194
Pt. IV Revealing the Genius of the Place: Methods and Techniques for Ecological Planning 203
Ch. 16 An Ecological Method for Landscape Architecture 212
Ch. 17 A Comprehensive Highway Route Selection Method 219
Ch. 18 Biological Alternatives to Water Pollution 234
Ch. 19 A Case Study in Ecological Planning: The Woodlands, Texas 242
Pt. V Linking Knowledge to Action 265
Ch. 20 Plan for the Valleys vs. Spectre of Uncontrolled Growth 271
Ch. 21 An Ecological Planning Study for Wilmington and Dover, Vermont 278
Ch. 22 Ecological Plumbing for the Texas Coastal Plain 325
Ch. 23 A Strategy for a National Ecological Inventory 341
Prospectus 357
Acknowledgment of Sources 361
Index 363
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