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Toward an Urban Ecology: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture Paperback – July 12, 2016
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"Cities have multiple connections to the biosphere.Today they are all negative, destructive. This book shows us in great detailand with splendid clarity how we can turn them positive. It goes well beyondstandard solutions as it brilliantly explores the biosphere and makes discoveries."
- Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University and author of Expulsions
"[This book is] a call to action on urban ecology and climate change, with landscape as the principal medium. Kate Orff's Toward an Urban Ecology is a presentation of ground-breaking projects by SCAPE, and the principles and strategies that underlie their success. Human societies cannot successfully mitigate and adapt to the stresses of climate change without a new state of mind, and landscape architects and artists have an essential role to play....required reading for landscape architects."
- Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of The Granite Garden
About the Author
Kate Orff’s activist and visionary work on design for climate dynamics has been shared and developed in collaboration with arts institutions, governments, and scholars worldwide. Since founding the New York-based landscape architecture and urban design firm SCAPE, Kate Orff has advanced projects of all scales: from award-winning, harbor-wide planning efforts and groundbreaking work for the NYC Coastal Protection Plan, to on-the-ground ecological investigations such as mussel pilot installations in the Gowanus Bay. She is the Director of the Urban Design Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She joined the MacArthur Fellowship Program – Class of 2017, as the first landscape architect in the Foundation’s 36 year history to be honored with the award. Kate’s work bridges design, science, and community participation to redefine the role of the landscape architect in the age of climate change. She is coauthor, with Richard Misrach, of Petrochemical America (2012) and coeditor and author of the book Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (2011). She lives in Forest Hills, New York.
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The narrative is easy to dive into and the illustrations and photos are excellent.
I have bought a number of copies for collaborators and highly suggest you do the same!
"Towards an Urban Ecology is part monograph, part manual, part manifesto. Its objective is to reconceive urban landscape design as a form of activism, within which landscape itself is both a frame and a solution." SCAPE's work aspires to work "toward a collaborative, community-stewardship-driven methodology that acknowledges change and uncertainty."