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Design with the Desert
Conservation and Sustainable Development

ISBN 9781138076969
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
620 Pages 265 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The modern southwestern cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and El Paso occupy lands that once supported rich desert ecosystems. Typical development activities often resulted in scraping these desert lands of an ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption of energy and natural resources. Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development explores the natural and built environment of the American Southwest and introduces development tools for shaping the future of the region in a more sustainable way.

Explore the Desert Landscape and Ecology

This transdisciplinary collaboration draws on insights from leading authorities in their fields, spanning science, ecology, planning, landscape development, architecture, and urban design. Organized into five parts, the book begins by introducing the physical aspects of the desert realm: the land, geology, water, and climate. The second part deals with the "living" and ecological aspects, from plants and animals to ecosystems. The third part, on planning in the desert, covers the ecological and social issues surrounding water, natural resource planning, and community development.

Bring the Desert into the City

The fourth part looks at how to bring nature into the built environment through the use of native plants, the creation of habitats for nature in urban settings, and the design of buildings, communities, and projects that create life. The final part of the book focuses on urban sustainability and how to design urban systems that provide a secure future for community development. Topics include water security, sustainable building practices, and bold architecture and community designs.

Design Solutions That Work with the Local Environment

This book will inspire discussion and contemplation for anyone interested in desert development, from developers and environmentalists to planners, community leaders, and those who live in desert regions. Throughout this volume, the contributors present solutions to help promote ecological balance between nature and the built environment in the American Southwest—and offer valuable insights for other ecologically fragile regions around the world.

Table of Contents


Physical Aspects of the Desert Environment

Deserts of the World
Sir Ron Cooke, Andrew Warren, and Andrew Goudie

Geology and Soils in Deserts of the Southwestern United States
William L. Stefanov and Douglas Green

Scales of Climate in Designing with the Desert
Anthony J. Brazel

Water Resources in the Desert Southwest
Robert H. Webb and Stanley A. Leake

Geologic, Hydrologic, and Urban Hazards for Design in Desert Environments
Robert H. Webb, Stanley A. Leake, and Richard A. Malloy

The Living Desert

Deep History and Biogeography of La Frontera
Thomas R. Van Devender

Vegetation Zones of the Southwest
Ward W. Brady

Plant Ecology of the Sonoran Desert Region
Mark A. Dimmitt

Wildlife and Anthropogenic Changes in the Arid Southwest
Brian K. Sullivan. David Randy Van Haverbeke, and Carol Chambers

Healing the Wounds: An Example from the Sky Islands
Dave Foreman, Rurik List, Barbara Dugelby, Jack Humphrey, Bob Howard, and Andy Holdsworth

Built to Burn
Stephen J. Pyne

Restoring Ecosystem Health in Frequent-Fire Forests of the American West
William Wallace Covington

Desert Planning

Ecological Planning Method
Frederick R. Steiner

Phoenix as Every City: A Closer Look at Sprawl in the Desert
Sandy Bahr, Renée Guillory, and Chad Campbell

Water Planning for Growing Southwestern Communities
Sharon B. Megdal Joanna B. Nadeau

Removable and Placed-Based Economies: Alternative Futures for America's Deserts
Kim Sorvig

Environmental Injustice in the Urban Southwest: A Case Study of Phoenix, Arizona
Bob Bolin, Sara Grineski, and Edward J. Hackett

Dwelling in Expanded Biotic Communities: Steps Toward Reconstructive Postmodern Communities
Geoffrey Frasz

Dialogue on Development
Richard A. Malloy

Ecology in Design of Urban Systems

Ecological Design
David Orr

Rainwater Harvesting and Stormwater Reuse for Arid Environments
Heather Kinkade

Designing Habitats in Urban Environments
Margaret Livingston

Native Plant Salvaging and Reuse in Southwestern Deserts
Allan Dunstan and Margaret Livingston

Sustainable Urban Living: Green Solar Energy for Food and Biofuels Production
Mark Edwards

Integral Urbanism in Desert Cities: Recapturing Links in Metro Phoenix
Nan Ellin

Urban Sustainability

Settlement, Growth, and Water Security for Southwest Cities
Richard A. Malloy

Creating Tomorrow
Vernon D. Swaback

Desert Vernacular: Green Building and Ecological Design in Scottsdale, Arizona
Anthony C. Floyd

Sustainable Energy Alternatives for the Southwest
David Barry

Search for a Lean Alternative
Paolo Soleri

Creating Sustainable Futures for Southwestern Cities: The ProtoCity™ Approach in the Ciudad Juarez Mexico/El Paso, Texas Metroplex
Pliny Fisk III


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Richard A. Malloy is a manager for environmental projects for Arizona State University for the School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics and the Biodesign Institute. He currently oversees projects and facilities dedicated to advancing biotechnology and sustainable solutions to environmental challenges for Arizona State University.

John H. Brock is professor emeritus at the School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics department at Arizona State University (ASU) and founder of the firm Brock Habitat Restoration & Invasive Plant Management LLC. He operates a consulting firm in the area of invasive plant management and landscape restoration.

Anthony C. Floyd, AIA, is a registered architect and green building program manager for the City of Scottsdale. He maintains the city’s green building rating standards for residential and commercial development and helps to facilitate Scottsdale’s LEED gold mandate for newly constructed and renovated public facilities.

Margaret Livingston is a professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona. She teaches a range of courses related to ecological and environmental issues in arid environments and has locally and internationally conducted lectures and workshops that focus on water conservation, wildlife habitat, and use of native plants in urban areas.

Robert H. Webb has worked on long-term changes in natural ecosystems of the southwestern United States since 1976. Since 1985, he has been a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tucson and an adjunct faculty member of the Departments of Geosciences and Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 12 books.