Scientist Robert McDonald details fundamentals of how to integrate natural infrastructure with urban planning to create resilient and liveable cities. It's time to think differently about cities and nature. More people than ever live in cities, and all of this urban growth, along with challenges of adapting to climate change, will require a new approach to infrastructure if we're going to create liveable urban places. With Conservation for Cities, Robert McDonald offers a comprehensive framework for maintaining and strengthening the supporting bonds between cities and nature through innovative infrastructure projects. After presenting a broad approach to incorporating natural infrastructure priorities into urban planning, he focuses each following chapter on a specific ecosystem service. He describes a wide variety of benefits, and helps practitioners answer fundamental questions about how to use natural infrastructure to create communities that are more resilient and liveable.
Publisher: Island Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
"Conservation for Cities is an excellent primer on both large scale and site scale green infrastructure. This truly enjoyable and well-paced survey spans from broad planning approaches to descriptions of specific ecosystem services. A focus on technical details, rather than specific regulatory, political, or environmental conditions, makes the book a universally relevant resource, and a good complement to more place-specific analyses."--Mami Hara "Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff, Philadelphia Water "
"Cities are the future of mankind, and Conservation in Cities is the ideal guide to making them work."--David Owen "author of Green Metropolis "
"[Conservation for Cities] provides exponentially more value [for] anyone interested in the benefits of integrating natural infrastructure into our cities...offers a compelling trail head to these [nature's] pathways of the future."--ASLA's The Dirt
"Plainspoken, relentlessly practical, and appearing at a time when interest in the notion of urban livability is cresting, Conservation for Cities is a welcome new resource."--Civil Engineering