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Robert Thayer brings the concepts and promises of the growing bioregional movement to a wide audience in a book that passionately urges us to discover "where we are" as an antidote to our rootless, stressful modern lives. LifePlace is a provocative meditation on bioregionalism and what it means to live, work, eat, and play in relation to naturally, rather than politically, defined areas. In it, Thayer gives a richly textured portrait of his own home, the Putah-Cache watershed in California's Sacramento Valley, demonstrating how bioregionalism can be practiced in everyday life. Written in a lively anecdotal style and expressing a profound love of place, this book is a guide to the personal rewards and the social benefits of reinhabiting the natural world on a local scale.

In LifePlace, Thayer shares what he has learned over the course of thirty years about the Sacramento Valley's geography, minerals, flora, and fauna; its relation to fire, agriculture, and water; and its indigenous peoples, farmers, and artists. He shows how the spirit of bioregionalism springs from learning the history of a place, from participating in its local economy, from living in housing designed in the context of the region. He asks: How can we instill a love of place and knowledge of the local into our education system? How can the economy become more responsive to the ecology of region? This valuable book is also a window onto current writing on bioregionalism, introducing the ideas of its most notable proponents in accessible and highly engaging prose.

At the same time that it gives an entirely new appreciation of California's Central Valley, LifePlace shows how we can move toward a new way of being, thinking, and acting in the world that can lead to a sustainable, harmonious, and more satisfying future.

Synopsis:

"A superb blend of thoughtful analysis and delightfully readable prose, LifePlace is both a major contribution to bioregional literature and an excellent guide to sustainable practice."—Daniel Kemmis, author of This Sovereign Land: A New Vision for Governing the West

"LifePlace offers an inspired approach for creating an alternative, more secure future than presently faces us. Thayer's arguments are convincing; his optimism and sense of wonder are contagious. As we finish the book, we are changed by it, and its influence lingers like a time-release capsule. LifePlace is a profound contribution to landscape architecture literature and beyond."—Joan Woodward, author of Waterstained Landscapes: Seeing and Shaping Regionally Distinctive Places

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-293) and index.

About the Author

Robert L. Thayer, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Environmental Design at the University of California at Davis. He is the author of Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature and the Sustainable Landscape (1994).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction: Bioregional Thinking

1. Grounding: Finding the Physical Place

2. Living: Awakening to a Live Region

3. Reinhabiting: Recovering a Bioregional Culture

4. Fulfilling: Celebrating the Spirit of Place

5. Imagining: Creating Art of the Life-Place

6. Trading: Exchanging Natural Values

7. Planning: Designing a Life-Place

8. Building: Making Bioregions Work

9. Learning: Spreading Local Wisdom

10. Acting: Taking Personal Responsibility

Notes

General Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520236288
Author:
Thayer, Robert L., Jr.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Thayer, Robert L.
Author:
Thayer Jr, Robert L.
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Bioregionalism
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
BFI Modern Classics
Series Volume:
01-426
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 b/w photographs, 12 line illustration
Pages:
317
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 18 oz

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"A superb blend of thoughtful analysis and delightfully readable prose, LifePlace is both a major contribution to bioregional literature and an excellent guide to sustainable practice."—Daniel Kemmis, author of This Sovereign Land: A New Vision for Governing the West

"LifePlace offers an inspired approach for creating an alternative, more secure future than presently faces us. Thayer's arguments are convincing; his optimism and sense of wonder are contagious. As we finish the book, we are changed by it, and its influence lingers like a time-release capsule. LifePlace is a profound contribution to landscape architecture literature and beyond."—Joan Woodward, author of Waterstained Landscapes: Seeing and Shaping Regionally Distinctive Places

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-293) and index.
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