Rapid changes in land use, especially in growing metropolitan areas, have created problems that increasingly indicate an urgent need for techniques and procedures for making intelligent land-use decisions. This book identifies the potential undesirable effects of land-use changes and provides techniques for estimating and minimizing them. Based on several years of research conducted by a team of thirty-four faculty and assistants, the study shows how planners and decision makers can benefit from such contemporary planning tools as remote sensing, statistical analysis, and computer technology, as well as a variety of evaluation procedures.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The Emergence of Landscape Concern and Planning Techniques -- The Problems of Metropolitanization -- The Evolution of Landscape Planning Principles -- The Tools of Landscape Planning -- Environmental Assessment Procedures -- Assessment of Landscape Resources -- Assessment of Landscape Hazards -- Assessment of Development Suitability -- Assessment of Human Impact on the Environment -- Synthesis -- Landscape Planning Procedures
Julius Gy. Fabos, professor of landscape planning and director of the program in regional planning at the University of Massachusetts, received a masters degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fabos is also visiting professor at the Centre for Environmental Studies in Parkville, Australia.