New Lincoln Institute Book
Edited by Frederick R. Steiner, George F. Thompson, and Armando Carbonell
Named one of the best books of 2016 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Nature and Cities calls for the integration of nature in urban design and planning to make cities and urban infrastructure truly green, sustainable, and resilient. This richly illustrated collection of essays by leading international landscape architects, architects, city planners, and urban designers, suggests that ecologically based urban designs and plans have become economically and environmentally critical as the world urbanizes and the effects of climate change grow more severe.
The authors include a range of practitioners and scholars who build on traditions by leading thinkers during the last century such as Aldo Leopold, Ian McHarg, and Patrick Geddes and the premise of Ecological Design and Planning, also edited by George F. Thompson and Frederick R. Steiner.
Harvard professor Charles Waldheim summarizes advances in the emerging field of landscape urbanism, showing how New York City’s High Line, designed by chapter author James Corner, and Chicago’s Millennium Park transformed derelict infrastructure into public amenities that “convene community, catalyze development, and remediate environmental conditions for a newly conceived public realm.” Landscape architect Kate Orff describes the restoration of oyster reefs in New York Harbor to purify water and create a living breakwater to mitigate sea level rise. And Susannah Drake calls for a U.S. infrastructure upgrade—a WPA 2.0—to renovate failing highways and other public works so they soak up water and perform other ecological functions.
Each author in Nature and Cities offers a sense of direction, purpose, and model for how landscape architecture, architecture, and planning can “. . . be engaged in community life at every scale and in every city and town in the world,” the editors write in the introduction. “This may well mean that a new generation of practitioners will need to become instruments of enlightenment and change in occupations still very much in need of such care: notably, engineering, transportation, utilities, agriculture, resource industries, and commercial development—which, with too few exceptions, remain behind the times.
“Imagine engineers embracing the tenets of ecological design and planning as they create roads, parking lots, interstates, impoundments, and other basic infrastructure. Imagine those engaged with municipal management as well as agricultural, industrial, transportation, and utility sectors abandoning single-purpose thinking. Imagine that.”
About the Editors
Frederick R. Steiner is dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. George F. Thompson is the founder of George F. Thompson Publishing. Armando Carbonell is chair of the department of Planning and Urban Form and a senior fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
George F. Thompson, Frederick R. Steiner, and Armando Carbonell
The Landscape Today and the Challenges Ahead
The Ecological Imagination: Life in the City and the Public Realm
The City Is Not an Egg: Western Urbanization in Relation to Changing Conceptions of Nature
Anne Whiston Spirn
The Granite Garden: Where Do We Stand Today?
The Landscape Architect as Urbanist of Our Age
Creating Deep Forms in Urban Nature: The Peasant’s Approach to Urban Design
Elizabeth K. Meyer
Sustaining Beauty: The Performance of Appearance Design
Jose Alminaña and Carol Franklin
Creative Fitting: Toward Designing the City as Nature
Adaption and Regeneration: A Pathway to New Urban Places
The Role of Utopia in Ecological Planning and Design
WPA 2.0: Beauty, Economics, Politics, and the Creation of Twenty-First Century Public Infrastructure
New Directions in Urban Nature: The Power and Promise of Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism
Gardening the Bay: Participatory Frameworks for Ecological and Economic Change
Nina-Marie E. Lister
Resilience Beyond Rhetoric in Urban Design
Projective Ecologies in Urban Design and Planning
Form Follows Flows: Systems, Design, and the Aesthetic Experience of Ecological Change
Water, Nature in Cities, and the Art of Landscape Design
Frederick R. Steiner, George F. Thompson, and Armando Carbonell
Afterword: Prospects for Urban Ecological Design and Planning