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Urban Regions
Ecology and Planning Beyond the City


  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670760

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  • With land planning, socioeconomics and natural systems as foundations, this book combines urban planning and ecological science in examining urban regions. Writing for graduate students, academic researchers, planners, conservationists and policy makers, and with the use of informative urban-region color maps, Richard Forman analyzes 38 urban regions from 32 nations, including London, Chicago, Ottawa, Brasilia, Cairo, Seoul, Bangkok, Canberra, and a major case study of the Greater Barcelona region. Alternative patterns of urbanization spread (including sprawl) are evaluated from the perspective of nature and people, stating land-use principles extracted from landscape ecology, transportation and hydrology. Good, bad and interesting spatial patterns for creating sustainable land mosaics are pinpointed, and urban regions are considered in broader contexts, from climate change to biodiversity loss, disasters and sense of place.

    • Provides 78 land use principles which encourage the reader to explore their own solutions and visions of improvement
    • The first book to synthesise region and land mosaics, planning land, economics dimensions and social patterns and natural greenspaces
    • Informative colour maps of 38 urban regions (large-to-small cities worldwide) including London, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Barcelona, Nantes, The US, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Canada so the reader can see how their city fits into the big picture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'It should certainly inform practice around the world over the coming years and help to construct the intellectual arguments for much more effective big urban region planning, with much more intelligent ecological consciousness.'

    '… an important contribution to the critically important debate about the future planning management of world cities at a time when their population will increase by 2 billion over the next 20 years. … a timely … attempt to demonstrate the significance of a spatial and ecological context to solving the problems that lie ahead.' Biologist

    'Undoubtedly, the readers will be able to broaden and deepen their knowledge about the critical issues related to urban regions … a must-have addition not only for theorists but for practitioners, since the intellectual contents of this book could be very informative, practical and even more innovative when combined with their creativity.' Urban Studies Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670760
    • length: 478 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 173 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 61 b/w illus. 44 colour illus. 43 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Regions and land mosaics
    2. Planning land
    3. Economic dimensions and social patterns
    4. Natural systems and greenspaces
    5. Thirty-eight urban regions
    6. Nature, food, and water
    7. Built systems, built areas, and whole regions
    8. Urbanization models and options
    9. Basic principles for molding land mosaics
    10. The Barcelona region's land mosaic
    11. Gathering the pieces
    12. Big pictures.

  • Author

    Richard T. T. Forman, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Richard T. T. Forman is currently Harvard University's PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University, is an AAAS Fellow and has received the Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence.

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