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Handbook of Regenerative Landscape Design

1st Edition

By Robert L. France

CRC Press

488 pages | 162 B/W Illus.

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What if environmentally damaged landscapes could not only be remediated from an ecological standpoint, but also designed to replenish an entire community as well as the nature surrounding it? The Handbook of Regenerative Landscape Design incorporates ecology, engineering, sociology, and design elements into a new paradigm for environmental restoration and the renewal of urban and cultural sites.

This is the first resource in the field to examine the collaborative roles of scientists, landscape architects, and urban planners in transforming degraded landscapes into sustainable communities for both people and wildlife. Top practitioners and theorists from different fields and perspectives contribute innovative case studies that converge in their emphasis on new uses for reclaimed land, rather than a return to its original state.

In addition, this book is one in only a handful to address the system conditions necessary for the repair of severely degraded landscapes, especially in an urban context. It elucidates the most suitable remediation strategies for treating degraded environments such as industrial landfills, mining sites, buried urban rivers, heavily polluted or effectively destroyed wetlands, Superfund sites, and abandoned factories.

Bringing the perspectives of landscape architects, scientists, and urban planners to a wider audience, the Handbook of Regenerative Landscape Design demonstrates how ecological landscape restoration processes can facilitate sociological and urban renewal initiatives.


“The papers [in this book] speak to all decision makers…and ask that we do things differently than before, better than before…”

— Robert M. Abbot, From the Foreword

“This book could very well serve to actually shape a new and rapidly evolving field of societal importance.”

— Robert L. France, Editor

Table of Contents


Visible Cities: A Meditation on Civic Engagement for Urban Sustainability and Landscape Regeneration; R.M. Abbott


Environmental Reparation with People in Mind: Regenerative Landscape Design at the Interface of Nature and Culture; R. France


Aqua Alta: Venice, the New Atlantis? R. France


To Love a Landfill: The History and Future of Fresh Kills; R. Nagle

Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites: Spectacle Island Landfill, Boston Harbor; P.J. Craul and C.L. Rowe


The Zurich Stream Daylighting Program; F. Conradin and R. Buchli

A Multifaceted, Community-Driven Effort to Revitalize an Urban Watershed: The Lower Phalen Creek Project; A. Middleton and S. Clark

Retrieving Buried Creeks in Seattle: Political and Institutional Barriers to Urban Daylighting Projects; K. O’Neill and P. Gaynor


Wherefore the Rhizome? Eelgrass Restoration in the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island; C. Foster

Bottom-Up Community-Based Coral Reef and Fisheries Restoration in Indonesia, Panama, and Palau; T. Goreau and W. Hilbertz

Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Through Green Infrastructure: A Decade of Success in Reviving Shellfish Beds with a Stormwater Wetland in Massachusetts; M. Rasmussen and S. Hurley


Com’era, Dov’era: Battling Water, Time, and Neglect With MOSE and Other Techno-Fix Reparations in Venice; R. France


Detroit (Re)Turns to Nature; S. Vogel

Rebuilding Salmon Relations: Participatory Ecological Restoration as Community Healing; R. Senos

Renovation of Byzantine Qanats in Syria as a Water Source for Contemporary Settlements; J. Wessels and R.J.A. Hoogeveen

Growing Green Infrastructure Along the Urban River: Duwamish Stories; Nathaniel Cormier

Residential Street Design with Watersheds in Mind: Toward Ecological Streets; S. Hurley and M.W. Stromberg


Cultural and Environmental Restoration Design in Northern California Indian Country; L. Kadlecik and M. Wilson

Preserving Cultural and Natural Resources: The Site Development Plan for the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge Heritage Area; C. Mayer-Reed


Extreme Projects: Ecological Restoration Needs to Address Altered Ecosystems at Larger Spatial Scales; S.I. Apfelbaum and N. Thomas

Sudbury, Canada: From Air Pollution Record Holder to Award Winning Restoration Site; J.M. Gunn, P.J. Becket, W.E. Launtenbach, and S. Monet


Passerelle: Bridging Concerns, Contentions and Conflicts in Restoring Serenity in Venice; R. France


Reparative Paradigms: Sociological Lessons for Venice from Regenerative Landscape Design; R. France


About the Series

Integrative Studies in Water Management & Land Deve

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science