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Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition
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Chapter 3 is one of the best explanations of the form/function(process) relationship in terms of the environment that I've ever read. I also found Chapter 9 very insightful concerning drainage basins. The diagrams and pictures are incredible. There is just enough technical scientific detail in the book to get a really good understanding of processes without overloading you with too many complicated equations.
I used the second edition of this book 20 years ago as an architecture grad student taking a landscape architecture class, primarily about landscape ecology. I don't think it's a stretch to say it was revelatory and enlightening. It gave me valuable understanding I'd lacked of landscape and landscape processes. I hadn't realized how ignorant I was about these things, things which I'd be (and have been) impacting as an architect and planner. As a hiker/backpacker and kayaker it also laid a foundation for greater understanding and appreciation of the natural places I've visited.
Perhaps most importantly, it gave me a better understanding of fragile ecosystems, of wetlands and their functioning, and better knowledge of other matters important in land use and minimizing its negative environmental impacts. I've recently been reviewing the book again and reading the few chapters we omitted in class 20 years ago. It's easily one of the best texts I've ever used, and useful for students and professionals in numerous disciplines.