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Toward an Urban Ecology

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Toward an Urban Ecology by Kate Orff
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Jul 12, 2016 | ISBN 9781580934367

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“Those familiar with landscape architecture and urban design today are no doubt already aware of the originality of this practice and would likely expect this book—part manual, part manifesto, and part monograph—to follow suit. The book’s ambition is nothing short of reconceiving urban landscape design as a form of activism…. SCAPE’s Manufestograph begins to address how we as a discipline can actually effect change. Of all the things this requires—design vision, enabling policies, strategic funding streams, creative partnerships, innovative maintenance strategies, feedback loops, new representation strategies—the most important message this book imparts is the tireless advocacy that change requires, and which SCAPE is able to model. I want to be doing this. We all should be doing this. SCAPE has got something important going. And we have to believe it will make a difference.”
—Journal of Architectural Education

“A beautiful book with engaging full-page color photography that delves into Breakwaters, their Rebuild by Design project in Staten Island, and others.”
—The Dirt

“Kate Orff is an optimistic and creative force in the world of climate adaptive design. Her book is part monograph and part a clarion call for the need of meshing the social and environmental to deal with the future problems of our planet.”

“Cities have multiple connections to the biosphere.Today they are all negative, destructive. This book shows us in great detailand with splendid clarity how we can turn them positive. It goes well beyondstandard solutions as it brilliantly explores the biosphere and makes discoveries.”
Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University and author of Expulsions

“[This book is] a call to action on urban ecology and climate change, with landscape as the principal medium. Kate Orff’s Toward an Urban Ecology is a presentation of ground-breaking projects by SCAPE, and the principles and strategies that underlie their success. Human societies cannot successfully mitigate and adapt to the stresses of climate change without a new state of mind, and landscape architects and artists have an essential role to play….required reading for landscape architects.”
—Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of The Granite Garden


ASLA Professional Award – Honor Award – Communications AWARD 2017

MacArthur Foundation Fellowships AWARD 2017

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