The Granite Garden: Urban Nature And Human Design

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Basic Books, Sep 10, 1985 - Architecture - 352 pages
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This award-winning book by a Harvard landscape architect proves how important it is to understand the natural settings of cities—their air, water, geology, plant, and animal life—to create better, more habitable urban environments.
 

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Contents

The Granite Garden
3
City and Nature
9
Dirt and Discomfort
41
Improving Air Quality Enhancing Comfort
62
Shifting Ground and Squandered Resources
91
Finding Firm Ground and Exploiting Resources
109
Floods Droughts and Poisoned Water
129
Controlling and Restoring the Waters
142
Pets and Pests
207
Designing Wildlife Habitats
215
The City as an Infernal Machine
229
Designing the Urban Ecosystem
242
Visions of the Future
263
NOTES
279
BIBLIOGRAPHY
290
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
315

Straggle for Survival
171
Nurturing the Urban Biome
184

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Page 296 - Journal of the Structural Division, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers 108 (1982):1751-67.

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About the author (1985)

Anne Whiston Spirn is professor and chairman, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania.