John A. Flannery, Karen M. Smith
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The ability to adapt to a changing environment has ensured the continued survival of the human race into the 21st century. The challenges to be faced in this century are now well documented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The effects of drought, melting polar ice and increased incidences of extreme weather events will impact on the diverse landscapes of the earth and a human population predicted to be 9 billion by the middle of the 21st century, a three-fold increase in less than one hundred years.
This book provides a valuable insight into landscaping activity worldwide by those tasked with housing, feeding and nurturing all species that share the planet. Research for this publication reveals the growth of non-anthropized design philosophies, acknowledging that humanity cannot be indefinitely sustained if animal, bird and plant life are excluded. The precious resources of water and the air that we breathe are no longer taken for granted; rivers flowing through the world’s mega-cities are now being cleaned, restored and given pride of place in the landscapes they flow through. Conservation projects provide evidence that even fragile island and desert landscapes can be protected from the negative impacts of population. Eco-Landscape Design demonstrates that an intelligent and thoughtful approach to landscape design can not only ensure survival, it can reap compound benefits and rewards far in excess of those originally envisaged.
of land above Lochiel Park; filtering it through the sites northern and southern wetlands (Fig. 7) this co-ordinated approach enabled the engineering of irrigation systems using recycled water. These systems are a key component in the early establishment of the sites open spaces and gardens until they become more self reliant in a balanced ecology. To compliment the green elements a minimal intervention approach was required for the public realm infrastructure. Expansive estate roads were
hunting ground boundary observed between the Houma and the Bayou Goula tribes. Twenty years later in 1719, the French established a military post at the approximate location of the ‘red stick’ or ‘le baton rouge’. The Native American name for the site was “Istrouma”, and the Istrouma Bluff is the first natural land barrier upstream from the low-lying Mississippi River Delta. The bluff, in conjunction with a man made levee, provides protection from flooding for the modern city of Baton Rouge and a
Gardens by the ay | arina ay | Singapore | Fig. 14 above Fig. 15 below Gardens by the ay | arina ay | Singapore | Fig. 16 above 99 Bay South was constructed on reclaimed land, devoid of natural features. This reality presented the greatest challenge for Grant Associates; that of providing an immediate sense of scale and dimension to a garden site initially devoid of mature trees. This challenge was confronted with the phenomenal and innovative design concept of the ‘Supertree’ (Figs. 17,
September 28th 2012 the Swedish Professor, Hans Rosling, lecturing on the subject of global health discussed the paradox that, only by raising the living standards of the poorest and increasing child survival rates can population growth be checked. To this end the Bosco Verticale project attempts to ‘‘reduce the growing imbalances between small communities of wealthy citizens in closed protected and specialised enclaves and the vast expansion of informal settlements (slums, favelas, shantytowns)
something that is to be made; the art of producing these. On March 31st, 2014, the United Nations report entitled “Climate Change 2014, Impacts Adaptation and Vulnerability” was published by the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The panel, meeting in Yokohama, Japan, held a press conference at which Chairperson, Rajendra K. Pachauri, issued his strongest warnings to date, stating that climate change caused by human activity is likely to be “severe,