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Constructed Ecologies : Critical Reflections on Ecology With Design (Hardcover) (Margaret Grose)
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Just how constructed is the world we live in? Constructed Ecologies asks how we have altered and constructed landscapes, with both accidently made and deliberately devised ecologies, and how might we think about doing this better. The book provides food for thought for those learning how to design our environments, and the overarching global themes affecting the construction of ecologies.
Key topics include:
- Approaches to constructed ecologies, and how these are used throughout the world
- The varying scales of human design with nature
- Non-linear landscapes and how designers can work with ever-changing foundations
- The transformative nature of the agriculture industry
- Effects of artificial light in the night landscape.
This book challenges the long-held assumptions about early human experiences in landscapes and suggests that we have long coped with changing environments, and have extraordinary resilience and widely diverse preferences and methods of constructing ecologies. The author suggests new, experimental and varied scenarios for designing with nature through performative design and ‘thinking backwards’.
Constructed Ecologies addresses contemporary concerns and changing understanding and attitudes, and provides an overview of a topic at the forefront of the environmental design debate.