Basics Landscape Architecture 02 - Ecological Design

Author(s): Nancy Rottle

landscape architecture | Bloomsbury Academic

"Basics Landscape Architecture 02: Ecological Design" provides an overview of ecological design and planning for landscape architects. It explores the concepts and themes important to the contemporary practice of ecological design and planning in a highly accessible and richly illustrated format. Focusing primarily on urban environments, this book examines the relationships between ecological design theory and design methods. It describes and illustrates the basic structures and functions of natural and human systems through landscape ecology principles and the dynamics of landscape processes.


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Gives an overview of the practice of ecological design and planning for landscape architects. It explores the concepts and themes important to contemporary landscape architecture.

'This lively, engaging primer provides a succinct explanation of the value and the benefits of ecological design. The book includes numerous, colorful examples of how ecological design is being realized globally.' Frederick Steiner, Dean, School of Architecture, Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA. 'A beautifully crafted and designed book that gives an excellent general survey of the breadth of ecological design initiatives worldwide. The multitude of photographs and illustrations - especially those that give a sense of construction details and technical aspects of selected projects - are especially helpful for students, or practitioners who wish to develop a basic technical understanding of various aspects of ecological design.' Bill Wenk, founder and president of Wenk Associates, Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver, USA. 'Climate change, urbanisation and globalisation make Ecological Design extremely timely. A clear theoretical framework and an excellent choice of case studies from the best sustainable designs around the world make this book a scientific "bestseller" for academics, practitioners and students who are searching for guidance in creating resilient sustainable cities.' Maria Ignatieva, Professor in Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden. 'Ecological Design is an important and useful addition to a growing knowledge base contributing to a "designed" sustainable future. Often books give us the data and others the vision, this book gives us both.' Daniel E. Williams, Author and Principal of dwa-design.

Nancy Rottle has focused most of her professional and academic life on the pedagogy and practice of ecological design and planning in landscape architecture. In addition to over a decade of teaching ecological and sustainable design courses, she founded and directs the Green Futures Lab in the University of Washington's College of Built Environments. Ken Yocom is an ecologist and landscape architect based in Seattle, Washington. He teaches in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Washington. Ken began his career as a wildlife ecologist working on a wide range of projects across the Pacific Northwest before migrating into landscape architecture.

Introduction. What is ecological design?: Defining ecological design; Why urban?; An emerging practice; Integrating science and design; Olympic Sculpture Park. Systems: The structure and function of systems; Systems hierarchy; Types of systems; Green infrastructure systems; Ecosystem health and diversity; Waitakere and Twin Streams. Landscape dynamics: The form and function of landscapes; Dynamic equilibrium and resilience; Resilient + sustainable + regenerative design; Port Lands Estuary. Project processes: Design processes for ecosystem health; Implementing a framework; Civic participation; Stewardship; Freshkills Park. Operations: Protect/Conserve/Reuse; Scaffold/Structure/Initiate; Catalyse/Seed/Regenerate; Stratify/Layer/Strengthen; Regulate/Contain/Collect; Sieve/Filter/Cleanse; Metabolize/Digest/Remediate; Mimic/Copy/Imitate; Synthesize/Connect/Integrate; Reveal/Immerse/Teach. Places: Region and watershed; Netherlands Green Heart; Community; Portland, Oregon; Neighbourhoods; High Point; Streets; SW Montgomery Street; Parks and trails; Barry Curtis Park; Site/Parcel; 'Green Factor' programmes. Conclusion. Taking it further. Bibliography. Contacts and useful resources. Index. Acknowledgements and picture credits. Working with ethics.

General Fields

  • : 9782940411443
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : AVA Publishing SA
  • : July 2011
  • : August 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nancy Rottle
  • : Paperback
  • : 184