To heal the earth: selected writings of Ian L. McHarg

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Island Press, Jun 1, 1998 - Architecture - 380 pages
Ian L. McHarg's landmark book Design with Nature changed the face of landscape architecture and planning by promoting the idea that the design of human settlements should be based on ecological principles. McHarg was one of the earliest and most influential proponents of the notion that an understanding of the processes that form landscapes should underlie design decisions.In To Heal the Earth, McHarg has joined with Frederick Steiner, a noted scholar of landscape architecture and planning, to bring forth a valuable cache of his writings produced between the 1950s and the 1990s. McHarg and Steiner have each provided original material that links the writings together, and places them within the historical context of planning design work and within the larger field of ecological planning as practiced today.The book moves from the theoretical-beginning with the 1962 essay "Man and Environment" which sets forth the themes of religion, science, and creativity that emerge and reappear throughout McHarg's work -- to the practical, including discussions of methods and techniques for ecological planning as well as case studies. Other sections address the link between ecology and design, and the issue of ecological planning at a regional scale, covering topics such as education and training necessary to develop the field of ecological planning, how to organize and arrange biophysical information to reveal landscape patterns, the importance of incorporating social factors into ecological planning, and more.To Heal the Earth provides a larger framework and a new perspective on McHarg's work that brings to light the growth and development of his key ideas over a forty year period. It is an important contribution to the literature, and will be essential reading for students and scholars of ecological planning, as well as for professional planners and landscape architects.

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Contents

Introduction by Frederick R Steiner
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Planning the Ecological Region
85
Form and Function Are Indivisible
157
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About the author (1998)

IAN L. McHARG was the founder of and is professor emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Known as the father of ecological planning, his landmark design projects include The Woodlands, Texas, and Amelia Island, Florida. Professor McHarg has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including The National Medal of Art, presented by President Bush in 1990.

AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION is a Chicago-based, nonprofit, public interest, and research organization representing 30,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.

FREDERICK R. STEINER is the Dean of the School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. He is on the advisory boards for Planning and Urban Design Standards and Landscape Architecture Graphic Standards (both from Wiley).

KENT BUTLER is Associate Dean of Research and Chair of the planning program at the School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin.