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Design for Human Ecosystems : Landscape, Land Use, and Natural Resources - John Lyle

Design for Human Ecosystems

Landscape, Land Use, and Natural Resources

By: John Lyle, Joan Woodward (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9781559637206
Number Of Pages: 288

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For more than 30 years, John Tillman Lyle (1934-1998) was one of the leading thinkers in the field of ecological design. Design for Human Ecosystems, originally published in 1985, is his classic text that explores methods of designing landscapes that function in the sustainable ways of natural ecosystems. The book provides a framework for thinking about and understanding ecological design, along with a wealth of real-world examples that bring to life Lyle's key ideas. Lyle traces the historical growth of design approaches involving natural processes, and presents an introduction to the principles, methods, and techniques that can be used to shape landscape, land use, and natural resources in an ecologically sensitive and sustainable manner. Lyle argues that careful design of human ecosystems recognizes three fundamental concerns: scale (the relative size of the landscape and its connections with larger and smaller systems), the design process itself, and the underlying order that binds ecosystems together and makes them work. He discusses the importance of each of these concerns, and presents a workable approach to designing systems that effectively accounts for all of them. The theory presented is supported throughout by numerous case studies that illustrate its practical applications. This new edition features a foreword by Joan Woodward, noted landscape architecture professor and colleague of Lyle, that places the book in the context of current ecological design thinking and discusses Lyle's contributions to the field. It will be a valuable resource for landscape architects, planners, students of ecological design, and anyone interested in creating landscapes that meet the needs of all an area's inhabitants -- human and nonhuman alike.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Where Mind and Nature Meetp. 1
Scales of Concernp. 23
A Hierarchy of Scalep. 24
The Regionp. 43
Subcontinents and the Whole Earthp. 76
Plan Units and Smaller Landscapesp. 88
Design Processes and Methodsp. 125
Stages and Themes of Designp. 126
Stage of Romance: Inceptionp. 136
Stage of Precision: Information and Modelsp. 144
Stage of Generalization: Possibilities, Predictions, Planp. 161
Modes of Ecological Orderp. 193
Foundations of Ecosystem Designp. 194
Structure: The Roles of Plantsp. 200
Structure: Design for Animalsp. 213
Function: Controlling Material and Energy Flowsp. 228
Location: Patterns and Landscape Suitabilityp. 241
Location: Impact Predictionp. 260
A New Era of Designp. 264
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 270
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ISBN: 9781559637206
ISBN-10: 155963720X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition