Constructed Ecologies is the first major book in landscape architecture to present ecology as theory for design and making. A new generation of designers are shifting landscape architecture towards the need for a more complex understanding of ecological science; but in many ways designers do not know enough science. In this book major ecological ideas critical for design thinking are updated with solid and imaginative science. In the questioning narrative of constructed ecologies, Margaret Grose discards old and tired ideas in landscape architecture. With detailed documentation, she casts off the savannah theory; critiques the search for universals; reveals the needed role of designers in large-scale agriculture; abandons the overlay technique of McHarg; and introduces the ecological and urban health urgency of public night lighting. This book presents wide-ranging new approaches, and shows the importance of learning from science for design, of going beyond assumptions, of working in multiple rather than single issues, of disrupting linear design thinking, and of dealing with data. This book is written with a clear voice by an author who has long taught design students-and led them into loving science for the support it gives design.