The Ecological City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity

Rutherford H. Platt, Rowan A. Rowntree, Pamela C. Muick
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1994 - 291 Seiten

Interdisciplinary in content as well as approach, this collection of original essays takes a fresh look at the ecology of urban communities. Written by experts from a variety of professions--academic researchers, private and public program managers, and citizen activists--the book explores issues of geography, ecology, landscape architecture, urban forestry, law, and environmental education. Contributions include broad overviews of common problems a well as detailed case studies of specific programs.

Although several contributors are natural scientists, the book focuses on matters of public policy and public-private collaboration. The aim is not only to assess the impact of increasing urbanization on biodiversity, but also to propose new ways of preserving and restoring the balance between the natural and the built environment through planning and design.


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Evolving Concepts of Open Space in North American Cities
An Overview of Some issues
Beyond an Object of Study
Sustainability of Urban Wetlands
Restoring an Urban Wetland
A Microcosm for the Study of the Impactof Urbanization on Fragile Ecosystems
the United States
and Forests
Applications of Landscape Ecology to Urban Park Management
Rediscovering Urban Solutions
The WildcatSan Pablo Creeks Case
The Coachella Valley Habitat Conservation Plan
The Metropolitan Portland Urban Natural Resource Program
Ecology Education for City Children
Crosscutting Themes and Recommendations
Notes on the Editors and Authors

Cooling Urban Heat islandswith Sustainable Landscapes
Wildflower Meadows as Sustainable Landscapes

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Seite 11 - A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
Seite 5 - The physical revolutions thus wrought by man have not all been destructive to human interests . . . [But] man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.
Seite 4 - Language," &c. 8vo. cloth, 14s. " Mr. Marsh, well known as the author of two of the most scholarly works yet published on the English language, sets himself in excellent spirit, and with immense learning, to indicate the character, and, approximately, the extent of the changes produced by human action in the physical condition of the globe we inhabit.
Seite 1 - Neither the recency nor the speed of this evolutionary development is widely appreciated. Before 1850 no society could be described as predominantly urbanized, and by 1900 only one — Great Britain — could be so regarded. Today, only 65 years later, all industrial nations are highly urbanized, and in the world as a whole the process of urbanization is accelerating rapidly.
Seite 23 - It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.

Über den Autor (1994)

Rutherford H. Platt is professor of geography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Rowan A. Rowntree is research program leader for the study of forests and urbanization at the U.S. Forest Service's Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.

Ecologist Pamela C. Muick is researching vegetation change in the urbanizing wildlands of California for the U. S. Forest Service's Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.

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