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Lundbladh, Karolina (2007) Ecological design. Other thesis, SLU.

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It has become increasingly clear that the actions of humans are affecting the biosphere in a dramatic way. By using too much fossil fuel and chemicals that pollutes air, water and land, by devastating large areas of forest, homogenizing large tracks of land through agriculture and by fishing the seas dry, humans cause global warming and the extinction of millions of plant and animal species. At the same time there is an unprecedented awareness of environmental issues, and many people are willing to change their lifestyle in order to contribute to a more sustainable society. In this essay I investigate the connection between ecological sustainability and landscape architecture. What is the landscape architect's role in the aspiration for ecological sustainability? What tools/ideas/concepts are central for ecological design and planning today? How are the aesthetics of the landscape affected by ecological thinking among landscape architects? Landscape architects can contribute to sustainability through landscape analysis, land-use planning, traffic planning, green structure, stormwater management and by choosing sustainable materials. We can also work for sustainability by designing low-maintenance landscapes that will be time-less and enduring. The increased interest for ecological design has started a discussion about ecological aesthetics. The concept comprises both ideas about how we by designing "transparent" landscapes, can confront people with their ecologically destructive behavior, and strategies for how we can integrate "ugly" landscapes with important ecological function into human environments.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: landscape architecture, sustainability, ecological design, ecological aesthetics
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. Landscape Architecture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Karolina Lundbladh
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:55
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/1986

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