This unique book is about landscape, sustainability and the practices of the professions which plan, design and manage landscapes at many scales and in many locations; urban, suburban and rural. Despite the ubiquity of 'sustainability' as a concept, this is the first book to address the relationship between landscape architecture and sustainability in a comprehensive way.
Much in the book is underpinned by landscape ecology, in contrast to the idea of landscape as only appealing to the eye or aspiring cerebrally to be fine art. As this book argues, landscape is and must be much more than this; landscape architecture is about making places which are biologically wholesome, socially just and spiritually rewarding.
Table of Contents
Preface. Notes on contributors. The Scale and Scope of Landscape and Sustainability. The Ethics of Sustainability. The Landscape of Sustainable Economics. The Social Dimensions of Landscape Sustainability. International Policies and Landscape Protection . Landscape Sustainability at the National and Regional Scales. Regional Landscape Strategies. Managing Whole Landscapes in the Post-productive Rural Environment. Landscape, Planning and City Form. Resources: The Raw Materials of Landscape. The Practice of Sustainable Landscape. Community Landscape Architecture. Sustainable Landscape Management. Visions of Sustainability. Index.
'Whether you are a student or seasoned professional this book will challenge you to redefine and deepen your own understanding of what sustainable means for a landscape and its people.' Landscape Design
'The reviewer would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in landscape sustainability issues ... it will prove to be invaluable to many researchers and practitioners in the field.' - Local Environment