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Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead 3rd ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 1559639954
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oThe book presents a rich blend of ideas, old and new, about relationships between human and landscapes.o --CELA Forum

oHuman Ecology presents the reader with a rich overview of humanAEs struggle to understand, interpret, and organize our world.o --Landscape and Urban Planning

othe subjects of [SteinerAEs] thinking and writing are far braoder than architecture and the other environmental planning design arts. To produce a new view of human ecology, he draws mainly from biology, sociology, anthropology, geography, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and conservation.o --Journal of Economic Issues

othe subjects of ÝSteinerAEs¨ thinking and writing are far braoder than architecture and the other environmental planning design arts. To produce a new view of human ecology, he draws mainly from biology, sociology, anthropology, geography, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and conservation.o --Journal of Economic Issues

About the Author

Frederick Steiner is dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include The Living Landscape, 2nd Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and, with Ian McHarg, To Heal The Earth (Island Press, 1998).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 3rd ed. edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559639954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559639958
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished the book, and am relatively impressed by it overall, while it obviously has a few weaknesses. Steiner divides the world hierarchically into chapters, starting at the smallest human scale (habitat) and working gradually up to a global scale. The book reads like an adademic work, and Steiner continually interrupts the flow of ideas with quotes and references to the work of others. It seems like his main goal was to include as many names of people as possible in the text (nearly every paragraph mentions someone new). The bibliography is lengthy. That does mean that if any particular concept appeals to the reader, they know exactly where it originated, and where to go to learn more, but makes the book more challenging to read. Intellectually engaging, perhaps.
Overall, a good summary of an emerging field, along with plenty of review, critique, and synthesis of ideas. I'd recommend the book to "sustainability" types, the conservation-minded, ecologists, and (especially) city and regional planners.
His main point: We, as humans, need to consider the environment and our relation to it. Especially as pertains to our everyday life experience.
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