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Principles of Ecological Landscape Designby Travis Beck
Synopses & Reviews
Today, there is a growing demand for designed landscapes—from public parks to backyards—to be not only beautiful and functional, but also sustainable. With Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, Travis Beck gives professionals and students the first book to translate the science of ecology into design practice.
This groundbreaking work explains key ecological concepts and their application to the design and management of sustainable landscapes. It covers topics from biogeography and plant selection to global change. Beck draws on real world cases where professionals have put ecological principles to use in the built landscape.
For constructed landscapes to perform as we need them to, we must get their underlying ecology right. Principles of Ecological Landscape Design provides the tools to do just that.
About the Author
Travis Beck is Landscape and Gardens Project Manager with the New York Botanical Garden. He is a registered landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional with a Masters degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Right Plant, Right Place: Biogeography and Plant Selection
Chapter 2. Beyond Massing: Working with Plant Populations and Communities
Chapter 3. The Struggle for Coexistence: On Competition and Assembling Tight Communities
Chapter 4. Complex Creations: Designing and Managing Ecosystems
Chapter 5. Maintaining the World as We Know It: Biodiversity for High-functioning Landscapes
Chapter 6. The Stuff of Life: Promoting Living Soils and Healthy Waters
Chapter 7. The Birds and the Bees: Integrating Other Organisms
Chapter 8. When Lightning Strikes: Counting on Disturbance, Planning for Succession
Chapter 9. An Ever-shifting Mosaic: Landscape Ecology Applied
Chapter 10. No Time Like the Present: Creating Landscapes for an Era of Global Change
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