Ecosystem Services Come To Town: Greening Cities by Working with Nature

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The need to find new approaches to the development of cities isbecoming increasingly urgent in this age of continuing populationgrowth, demographic transition, climate change, fossil fuel peakand biodiversity losses. Restoring ecosystem services and promotingbiodiversity is essential to sustainable development – evenin the built environment.

Ecosystem Services come to Town: greening cities by workingwith nature demonstrates how to make urban environmentsgreener. It starts by explaining how, by mimicking nature anddeliberately creating habitats to provide ecosystem services,cities can become more efficient and more pleasant to livein.  The history of cities and city planning is covered withthe impacts of industrial urban development described, as well asthe contemporary concerns of biodiversity loss, peak oil andclimate change.

The later sections offer solutions to the challenges ofsustainable urban development by describing and explaining a wholerange of approaches and interventions, beginning at the regionalscale with strategic green infrastructure, looking at districts andprecincts, with trees, parks and rain gardens and ending withsingle buildings, including with green roofs and living walls.

Technical enough to be valuable to practitioners but stillreadable and inspirational, this guide demonstrates to townplanners, urban designers, architects, engineers, landscapearchitects how to make cities more liveable.

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Gary Grant is a Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, Member of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Biodiversity, thesis supervisor at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, Chair of the Judges of the Integrated Habitats Design Competition and Director of the Green Roof Consultancy Ltd. As director of EDAW and then AECOM Design + Planning and now independent, he has worked on large scale planning projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park, the Bedford Valley River Park, the Whitehill-Bordon Eco Town, Education City, Qatar and Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

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“The book can be a useful supplemental resource forstudents in urban studies, offering many wonderful ideas and ageneral sense of optimism. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic,professional, and large public libraries.” (Choice, 1 August 2013)

 

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