Release on 2008-02-26 | by Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis,Gloria Pungetti,A.M. Mannion
Natural and Cultural Approaches
Author: Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis,Gloria Pungetti,A.M. Mannion
Pubpsher: Springer Science & Business Media
Mediterranean islands exhibit many similarities in their biotic ecological, physical and environmental characteristics. There are also many differences in terms of their human colonization and current anthropogenic pressures. This book addresses in three sections these characteristics and examines the major environmental changes that the islands experienced during the Quaternary period. The first section provides details on natural and cultural factors which have shaped island landscapes. It describes the environmental and cultural changes of the Holocene and their effects on biota, as well as on the current human pressures that are now threats to the sustainability of the island communities. The second section focuses on the landscapes of the largest islands namely Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Cyprus, Crete, Malta and the Balearics. Each island chapter includes a special topic reflecting a particular characteristic of the island. Part three presents strategies for action towards sustainability in Mediterranean islands and concludes with a comparison between the largest islands. Despite several published books on Mediterranean ecosystems/landscapes there is no existing book dealing with Mediterranean islands in a collective manner. Students, researchers and university lecturers in environmental science, geography, biology and ecology will find this work invaluable as a cross-disciplinary text while planners and politicians will welcome the succinct summaries as background material to planning decisions.
Release on 2003-09-02 | by Jala Makhzoumi,Gloria Pungetti
Author: Jala Makhzoumi,Gloria Pungetti
Pubpsher: Taylor & Francis
Based on both research and practical experience,Ecological Landscape Design and Planning offers a holistic methodological approach to landscape design and planning. It focuses on the scarcity of natural resources in the Mediterranean and the need to aim for long-term ecological stability and environmental sustainability. The principles of this approach, therefore, can be used as a theoretical foundation for holistic landscape research, creative ecological design and better sustainable practice development.
This book is intended as both an introduction to the discipline for students of landscape architecture, architecture, and planning, and a source of continuing interest for more experienced environmental designers. The book offers various materials for landscape architects and other planning professionals. The book is divided into 4 parts and 17 chapters. Part I "Introduction to the Landscape Architecture Theme" is general reading on landscape architecture. Part II "Art's Replica and Landscape Architecture Model" includes three chapters. This part represents a theoretical and sensitive visual interpretation of landscape architecture. Part III "Sustainable Prototypes of a Contemporary Landscape Architecture" includes four chapters, with sustainability as a concept and guiding thought. Part IV "Landscape Architecture Around the World (Study Cases)" includes 9 chapters with many examples from different geographical practical cases.
The ongoing "Changes in Scenery" are presented in the form of current work by landscape architects from eight countries. Gardens, courtyards, city squares and parks - as classical projects by landscape architects - are joined by designs showing co-operation with other disciplines: from large-scale traffic planning via the conversion of industrial monuments and right on to video art - and of course, as a constant theme, fruitful encounters with architecture.
Reflecting Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe's view that landscape architecture is the 'mother of the arts', Robert Holden offers an intelligent modern survey of the discipline for designers, planners and architects. The notion that it is an art form pervades the whole book.
Human impact on natural landscapes through urbanization and agricultural expansion are becoming more and more dramatic and are the cause of serious environmental problems. This volume examines the effect of landscape disturbance on plant and animal diversity in the five mediterranean-climate regions of the world. It begins with three introductory chapters broadly reviewing the issues of landscape degradation. Further contributions describe regional land use conflicts in each of the five regions. Landscape disturbance and plant diversity, and landscape disturbance and animal diversity are treated in separate chapters. Four contributions deal with demography and ecophysiology in vegetation succession following disturbance. The volume closes with a consideration of the future addressing aspects of environmental politics.
No confusing discussions about design concepts, case studies or graphic techniques No photos of high end landscapes that you could never afford Full of specific step by step instructions on how to draw a beautiful but simple landscape plan Written for the average homeowner on a budget but also very helpful for the advanced gardener To see some of my designs go to www.highdesertgardensinc.com. FEATURES Simple tools you ll need to draw the design Controlling budget Simplified measuring and layout Customizable sample plans or create your own design from scratch Use cut outs to arrange your hardscape items like patios, storage and hot tubs I ll show you the easy way to get a list of plants that do well in your specific area Plant placement is simplified using my unique design method similar to paint by the numbers "
Release on 2014-06-19 | by John A. Flannery,Karen M. Smith
Author: John A. Flannery,Karen M. Smith
Category: Political Science
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.