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Ecological Design and Planning



Ecological Design and Planning

George F. Thompson (Editor), Frederick R. Steiner (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-15614-7 March 1997 368 Pages

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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 cross section ofthe most respected teachers and prac-titioners of landscape designfrom around the globe. Ecological Design and Planning offers aunique opportunity to learn about the latest thinking and practicesin the art and science of ecological landscape design from suchleading lights as Michael Laurie, Carol Franklin, Laurie Olin,Elizabeth Meyer, Mark Johnson, and Ian McHarg.

The common thread that runs through these essays is the authors'conviction that the growing rift in landscape design--ecology vs.aesthetics--is an artificial one. Each author expresses abidingconcern for the ecological preservation and enhancement of thesite, while demonstrating clearly--with both words andpictures--that the best designs are those that harmonize aestheticform and ecological function. Ecological Design and Planning is asource of ideas and inspiration for landscape architects andplanners, architects, and all those who understand the importanceof designing with nature.

"It is high time that we citizens of the world begin to understandthat our situation on earth is not one in which nature must ruleover culture, or culture over nature, as if one can separate thetwo in the first place. It is high time to reflect upon thegeographies and landscape histories of the past throughout theworld so that we can bring forward--again--the concept that only bydesigning and planning with nature and culture can we begin to healthe landscapes and places of everyday existence--urban, rural, andwild--in environmental and aesthetic terms. 'God's own junkyard'need not continue to dominate our public landscapes, nor our ownbackyards and city streets." --George F. Thompson and Frederick R.Steiner

New essays by: James Corner, Carol Franklin, Mark Johnson, MichaelLaurie, Ian L. McHarg, Elizabeth Meyer, Forster Ndubisi, LaurieOlin, Claire Reiniger, Sally Shauman, Meto Voom, and Joan HirschmanWoodward.

Photographs by Steve Martino

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).