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#ForewordFriday: Human Ecology Edition

How do we shape our urban landscapes so that both nature and humans thrive? In the age of climate change, we must think creatively about how to design resilient landscapes. In Human Ecology: How Nature and Culture Shape Our World, noted landscape planner Frederick Steiner  considers how human cultures have been shaped by natural forces, and explores how we might use this understanding to design a more vibrant future.  

Steiner’s publication of Human Ecology in 2002 offered eight principles for understanding human ecology, and connected these principles to building geographic scales, from habitats and communities to regions, nation-states, and the world. Now, with this new edition, he considers how the field of human ecology has changed with the latest advances in environmental science and urban design, such as improved geographical information systems (GIS), remote-sensing technologies, and waste life-cycles. Steiner also addresses the startling implications of the now mostly urban—and still growing—human species.

Check out an excerpt from the book below: