Human ecology is the study of the interrelationships between humans and their environment, drawing on diverse fields from biology and geography to sociology, engineering, and architecture. Steiner admirably synthesizes these perspectives through the lens of landscape architecture, a discipline that requires its practitioners to consciously connect humans and their environments. After laying out eight principles for understanding human ecology, the book’s chapters build from the smallest scale of connection—our homes—and expand to community scales, regions, nations, and, ultimately, examine global relationships between people and nature.
In this age of climate change, a new approach to planning and design is required to envision a livable future. Human Ecology provides architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and planners—and students in those fields— with timeless principles for new, creative thinking about how their work can shape a vibrant, resilient future for ourselves and our planet.
Frederick Steiner is dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include Design for a Vulnerable Planet; The Living Landscape; To Heal the Earth with Ian McHarg; and Urban Ecological Design with Danilo Palazzo.
Introduction: The Subversive Subject
Chapter 1. Fundamental Principles of Human Ecology
Chapter 2. Habitat
Chapter 3. Community
Chapter 4. Landscape
Chapter 5. The Ecological Region
Chapter 6. Nation, State, and Nation-State
Chapter 7. The Green Chaos of the Planet
Chapter 8. Following Nature's Lead
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