The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology
Author: Ian Douglas,P M L Anderson,David Goode,Mike Houck,David Maddox,Harini Nagendra,Puay Yok Tan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1328
Release: 2020-11-20
ISBN 10: 0429015267
ISBN 13: 9780429015267
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology Book Review:

This second edition covers recent developments around the world with contributors from 33 different countries. It widens the handbook’s scope by including ecological design; consideration of cultural dimensions of the use and conservation of urban nature; the roles of government and civil society; and the continuing issues of equity and fairness in access to urban greenspaces. New features include an emphasis on the biophilic design of homes and workplaces, demonstrating the value of nature, in order to counter the still prevalent attitude among many developers that nature is a constraint rather than a value. The volume explores great practical achievements have occurred since the first edition, with many governments increasingly recognising and legislating on urban nature and green infrastructure matters, since cities play a major role in adapting to change, particularly to climate crisis. New topics such as the ecological role of light at night and human microbiota in the urban ecosystem are introduced. Additional attention is given to food production in cities, particularly the multiple roles of urban agriculture and household gardens in different contexts from wealthy communities to the poorest informal settlements in deprived communities. The emphasis is on demonstrating what can be achieved, and what is already being done. The book will help scholars and graduate students by providing an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current urban ecological thinking across the range of disciplines, such as geography, ecology, environmental science/studies, planning, urban studies, that converge in the study of towns and cities and urban design and living. It will also assist practitioners and civil society members in discovering the ways different specialists and thinkers approach urban nature.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Pramit Verma,Pardeep Singh,Rishikesh Singh,A. S. Raghubanshi
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 532
Release: 2020-07-14
ISBN 10: 0128207310
ISBN 13: 9780128207314
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology covers the latest theoretical and applied concepts in urban ecological research. This book covers the key environmental issues of urban ecosystems as well as the human-centric issues, particularly those of governance, economics, sociology and human health. The goal of Urban Ecology is to challenge readers’ thinking around urban ecology from a resource-based approach to a holistic and applied field for sustainable development. There are seven major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use/land cover change, urban social-ecological systems, urban environment, urban material balance, smart, healthy and sustainable cities and sustainable urban design. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urban soil fluxes, urban metabolism, pollution and human health and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning and practice. Includes global case studies from over 14 countries, providing a first-hand account of recent applications Covers the phenomena of sustainable transport, nutrient recovery and human health, among many others Examines environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Richard T. T. Forman
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 462
Release: 2014-02-13
ISBN 10: 1107007003
ISBN 13: 9781107007000
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

The first richly illustrated worldwide portrayal of urban ecology, tying together organisms, built structures, and the physical environment around cities.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Kevin J. Gaston
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-09-16
ISBN 10: 1139536060
ISBN 13: 9781139536066
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

This is the urban century in which, for the first time, the majority of people live in towns and cities. Understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the 'green' component of these environments is therefore of enormous significance. Providing an overview of the essentials of urban ecology, the book begins by covering the vital background concepts of the urbanisation process and the effect that it can have on ecosystem functions and services. Later sections are devoted to examining how species respond to urbanisation, the many facets of human-ecology interactions, and the issues surrounding urban planning and the provision of urban green spaces. Drawing on examples from urban settlements around the world, it highlights the progress to date in this burgeoning field, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: John Marzluff,Eric Shulenberger,Wilfried Endlicher,marina Alberti,Gordon Bradley,Clare Ryan,Craig ZumBrunnen,Ute Simon
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 808
Release: 2008-01-03
ISBN 10: 0387734120
ISBN 13: 9780387734125
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology is a rapidly growing field of academic and practical significance. Urban ecologists have published several conference proceedings and regularly contribute to the ecological, architectural, planning, and geography literature. However, important papers in the field that set the foundation for the discipline and illustrate modern approaches from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world have not been collected in a single, accessible book. Foundations of Urban Ecology does this by reprinting important European and American publications, filling gaps in the published literature with a few, targeted original works, and translating key works originally published in German. This edited volume will provide students and professionals with a rich background in all facets of urban ecology. The editors emphasize the drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlement. The papers they synthesize provide readers with a broad understanding of the local and global aspects of settlement through traditional natural and social science lenses. This interdisciplinary vision gives the reader a comprehensive view of the urban ecosystem by introducing drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlements and the relationships between humans and other animals, plants, ecosystem processes, and abiotic conditions. The reader learns how human institutions, health, and preferences influence, and are influenced by, the others members of their shared urban ecosystem.

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene
Author: Henrik Ernstson,Erik Swyngedouw
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2018-12-07
ISBN 10: 1351809938
ISBN 13: 9781351809931
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene Book Review:

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism. Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics. Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Ian Douglas,Philip James
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2014-10-30
ISBN 10: 113626695X
ISBN 13: 9781136266959
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology: An Introduction seeks to open the reader’s mind and eyes to the way in which nature permeates everyday urban living, and how it has to be understood, cared for, and managed in order to make our towns and cities healthier places to visit and in which to live and work. The authors examine how nature can improve our physical and mental health, the air we breathe and the waters we use, as well as boosting our enjoyment of parks and gardens. Urban Ecology sets out the science that underlies the changing natural scene and the tools used to ensure that cities become both capable of adapting to climate change and more beautiful and resilient. The book begins with a discussion of the nature of urban places and the role of nature in towns and cities. Part 1 looks at the context and content of urban ecology, its relationship to other foci of interest within ecology and other environmental sciences, and the character of city landscapes and ecosystems. In Part 2 the authors set out the physical and chemical components of urban ecosystems and ecological processes, including urban weather and climate, urban geomorphology and soils, urban hydrology and urban biogeochemical cycles. In Part 3 urban habitats, urban flora and fauna, and the effects of, deliberate and inadvertent human action on urban biota are examined. Part 4 contains an exploration of the identification and assessment of ecosystem services in urban areas, emphasising economic evaluation, the importance of urban nature for human health and well-being, and restoration ecology and creative conservation. Finally, in Part 5 the tasks for urban ecologists in optimising and sustaining urban ecosystems, providing for nature in cities, adapting to climate change and in developing the urban future in a more sustainable manner are set out. Within the 16 chapters of the book – in which examples from around the world are drawn upon - the authors explore current practice and future alternatives, set out procedures for ecological assessment and evaluation, suggest student activities and discussion topics, provide recommended reading and an extensive bibliography. The book contains more than 150 tables and over 150 photographs and diagrams.

Toward an Urban Ecology

Toward an Urban Ecology
Author: Kate Orff
Publsiher: The Monacelli Press, LLC
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2016-07-12
ISBN 10: 1580934366
ISBN 13: 9781580934367
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toward an Urban Ecology Book Review:

Kate Orff, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, has an optimistic and transformative message about our world: we can bring together social and ecological systems to sustainably remake our cities and landscapes. Part monograph, part manual, part manife­sto, Toward an Urban Ecology reconceives urban landscape design as a form of activism, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental, urban, and social issues as separate domains; and advocating for the synthesis of practice to create a truly urban ecology. In purely practical terms, SCAPE has already generated numerous tools and techniques that designers, policy makers, and communities can use to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the loss of biodiversity, the loss of social cohesion, and ecological degradation. Toward an Urban Ecology features numerous projects and select research from SCAPE, and conveys a range of strategies to engender a more resilient and inclusive built environment.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Ana Sabogal
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2021-07-14
ISBN 10: 3030699056
ISBN 13: 9783030699055
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

This book emphasizes the necessity of green spaces and landscape planning to achieve a liveable city. It will more specifically enquire on how to reach a better liveability from the current conditions of Lima. This book takes on the one hand classic concepts from urban agronomy as are soil, water and plants, and on the other hand emphasizes the resources, the plant adaptations and the urban ecosystems, according to the context of Lima. Comparisons are also made to landscape concepts from other cities of the word, contemporary methods of urban landscape research are explained in perspectives of agronomy and ecology. The ecological restoration of some natural spaces of Lima are proposed and related to the food security which impacts on the sustainability of the city. Finally, it describes representative Parks of Lima and previous research projects that have allowed to improve the urban landscape. Considering the city's cultural diversity, comparisons to the mountain and rainforest areas are also made.

Grounding Urban Natures

Grounding Urban Natures
Author: Henrik Ernstson,Sverker Sörlin
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 0262039915
ISBN 13: 9780262039918
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grounding Urban Natures Book Review:

Case studies from cities on five continents demonstrate the advantages of thinking comparatively about urban environments. The global discourse around urban ecology tends to homogenize and universalize, relying on such terms as “smart cities,” “eco-cities,” and “resilience,” and proposing a “science of cities” based largely on information from the Global North. Grounding Urban Natures makes the case for the importance of place and time in understanding urban environments. Rather than imposing a unified framework on the ecology of cities, the contributors use a variety of approaches across a range of of locales and timespans to examine how urban natures are part of—and are shaped by—cities and urbanization. Grounding Urban Natures offers case studies from cities on five continents that demonstrate the advantages of thinking comparatively about urban environments. The contributors consider the diversity of urban natures, analyzing urban ecologies that range from the coastal delta of New Orleans to real estate practices of the urban poor in Lagos. They examine the effect of popular movements on the meanings of urban nature in cities including San Francisco, Delhi, and Berlin. Finally, they explore abstract urban planning models and their global mobility, examining real-world applications in such cities as Cape Town, Baltimore, and the Chinese “eco-city” Yixing. Contributors Martín Ávila, Amita Baviskar, Jia-Ching Chen, Henrik Ernstson, James Evans, Lisa M. Hoffman, Jens Lachmund, Joshua Lewis, Lindsay Sawyer, Sverker Sörlin, Anne Whiston Spirn, Lance van Sittert, Richard A. Walker

Urban Ecology in the Global South

Urban Ecology in the Global South
Author: Charlie M. Shackleton,Sarel S. Cilliers,Elandrie Davoren,Marié J. du Toit
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 461
Release: 2021-04-20
ISBN 10: 3030676501
ISBN 13: 9783030676506
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology in the Global South Book Review:

Against the background of unprecedented rates of urbanisation in the Global South, leading to massive social, economic and environmental transformations, this book engages with the dire need to understand the ecology of such settings as the foundation for fostering sustainable and resilient human settlements in contexts that are very different to the Global North. It does so by bringing together scholars from around the world, drawing together research and case studies from across the Global South to illustrate, in an interdisciplinary and comprehensive fashion, the ecology of towns and cities in the Global South. Framed using a social-ecological systems lens, it provides the reader with an in-depth analysis and understanding of the ecological dynamics and ecosystem services and disservices within the complex and rapidly changing towns and cities of the Global South, a region with currently scarce representation in most of the urban ecology literature. As such the book makes a call for greater geographical balance in urban ecology research leading towards a more global understanding and frameworks. The book embraces the complexity of these rapid transformations for ecological and environmental management and how the ecosystems and the benefits they provide shape local ecologies, livelihood opportunities and human wellbeing, and how such knowledge can be mobilised towards improved urban design and management and thus urban sustainability.

Urban Ecologies

Urban Ecologies
Author: Christopher Schliephake
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2014-12-11
ISBN 10: 073919576X
ISBN 13: 9780739195765
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecologies Book Review:

The term “urban ecology” has become a buzzword in various disciplines, including the social and natural sciences as well as urban planning and architecture. The environmental humanities have been slow to adapt to current theoretical debates, often excluding human-built environments from their respective frameworks. This book closes this gap both in theory and in practice, bringing together “urban ecology” with ecocritical and cultural ecological approaches by conceptualizing the city as an integral part of the environment and as a space in which ecological problems manifest concretely. Arguing that culture has to be seen as an active component and integral factor within urban ecologies, it makes use of a metaphorical use of the term, perceiving cities as spatial phenomena that do not only have manifold and complex material interrelations with their respective (natural) environments, but that are intrinsically connected to the ideas, imaginations, and interpretations that make up the cultural symbolic and discursive side of our urban lives and that are stored and constantly renegotiated in their cultural and artistic representations. The city is, within this framework, both seen as an ecosystemically organized space as well as a cultural artifact. Thus, the urban ecology outlined in this study takes its main impetus from an analysis of examples taken from contemporary culture that deal with urban life and the complex interrelations between urban communities and their (natural and built) environments.

Urban Landscape Ecology

Urban Landscape Ecology
Author: Robert A. Francis,James D.A. Millington,Michael A. Chadwick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2016-04-14
ISBN 10: 1317497813
ISBN 13: 9781317497813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Landscape Ecology Book Review:

The growth of cities poses ever-increasing challenges for the natural environment on which they impact and depend, not only within their boundaries but also in surrounding peri-urban areas. Landscape ecology – the study of interactions across space and time between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes – has a pivotal role to play in identifying sustainable solutions. This book brings together examples of research at the cutting edge of urban landscape ecology across multiple contexts that investigate the state, maintenance and restoration of healthy and functional natural environments across urban and peri-urban landscapes. An explicit focus is on urban landscapes in contrast to other books which have considered urban ecosystems and ecology without specific focus on spatial connections. It integrates research and perspectives from across academia, public and private practitioners of urban conservation, planning and design. It provides a much needed summary of current thinking on how urban landscapes can provide the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal well-being.

Advances in Urban Ecology

Advances in Urban Ecology
Author: marina Alberti
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2007-12-20
ISBN 10: 0387755101
ISBN 13: 9780387755106
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Advances in Urban Ecology Book Review:

This groundbreaking work is an attempt at providing a conceptual framework to synthesize urban and ecological dynamics into a common framework. The greatest challenge for urban ecologists in the next few decades is to understand the role humans play in urban ecosystems. The development of an integrated urban ecological approach is crucial to advance ecological research and to help planners and managers solve complex urban environmental issues. This book is a major step forward.

Applied Urban Ecology

Applied Urban Ecology
Author: Matthias Richter,Ulrike Weiland
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2011-09-19
ISBN 10: 1444345001
ISBN 13: 9781444345001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Applied Urban Ecology Book Review:

Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework explores ways in which the environmental quality of urban areas can be improved starting with existing environmental conditions and their dynamics. Written by an internationally renowned selection of scientists and practitioners, the book covers a broad range of established and novel approaches to applied urban ecology. Approaches chosen for the book are placed in the context of issues such as climate change, green- and open-space development, flood-risk assessment, threats to urban biodiversity, and increasing environmental pollution (especially in the “megacities” of newly industrialized countries). All topics covered were chosen because they are socially and socio-politically relevant today. Further topics covered include sustainable energy and budget management, urban water resource management, urban land management, and urban landscape planning and design. Throughout the book, concepts and methods are illustrated using case studies from around the world. A closing synopsis draws conclusions on how the findings of urban ecological research can be used in strategic urban management in the future. Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework is an advanced textbook for students, researchers and experienced practitioners in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning, and practice.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems
Author: Robert A. Francis,Michael A. Chadwick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2013-03-12
ISBN 10: 1136479708
ISBN 13: 9781136479700
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecosystems Book Review:

With over half of the global human population living in urban regions, urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment. Consisting of green space and the built environment, they harbour a wide range of species, yet are not well understood. This book aims to review what is currently known about urban ecosystems in a short and approachable text that will serve as a key resource for teaching and learning related to the urban environment. It covers both physical and biotic components of urban ecosystems, key ecological processes, and the management of ecological resources, including biodiversity conservation. All chapters incorporate case studies, boxes and questions for stimulating discussions in the learning environment.

Nature All Around Us

Nature All Around Us
Author: Beatrix Beisner,Christian Messier,Luc-Alain Giraldeau
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 147
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0226922758
ISBN 13: 9780226922751
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature All Around Us Book Review:

Presents a guide to the ecology of the urban environment, discussing facts about the various plants and animals that live among city dwellers.

Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas

Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas
Author: Allison M. Schifani
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 150
Release: 2020-12-28
ISBN 10: 100029076X
ISBN 13: 9781000290769
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas Book Review:

This book takes a hemispheric approach to contemporary urban intervention, examining urban ecologies, communication technologies, and cultural practices in the twenty-first century. It argues that governmental and social regimes of control and forms of political resistance converge in speculation on disaster and that this convergence has formed a vision of urban environments in the Americas in which forms of play and imaginations of catastrophe intersect in the vertical field. Schifani explores a diverse range of resistant urban interventions, imagining the city as on the verge of or enmeshed in catastrophe. She also presents a model of ecocriticism that addresses aesthetic practices and forms of play in the urban environment. Tracing the historical roots of such tactics as well as mapping their hopes for the future will help the reader to locate the impacts of climate change not only on the physical space of the city, but also on the epistemological and aesthetic strategies that cities can help to engender. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Urban Studies, Media Studies, American Studies, Global Studies, and the broad and interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Kimberly Etingoff
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 1771882824
ISBN 13: 9781771882828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. With increasing global urbanization, the environments and ecologies of cities are often perceived to suffer. While pollution and destruction of green space and species may occur, cities also remain part of natural systems. Cities provide natural processes necessary for survival for humans and other living organisms in urban areas. Urban ecology elucidates some of these processes and sheds light on their importance to healthy, fulfilling urban livelihoods. Urban Ecology: Strategies for Green Infrastructure and Land Use provides background on issues relating to urban ecology and urban natural processes. The first section covers the types, values, and recognition of ecosystem services provided by natural processes in urban areas. The second section details the importance and potential of green spaces in urban areas. The third section focuses on biodiversity traits of cities, and the ways in which urbanization affects biodiversity indicators. Finally, the fourth section covers some of the tools and approaches available for urban planners and designers concerned with improving or maintaining urban environments and the services they provide. This easily accessible reference volume offers a comprehensive guide to this rapidly growing field. Case studies and up-to-date research provide urban planners with new options for creating cities that will meet the demands of the twenty-first century. Also appropriate for graduate students who are preparing for careers related to urban planning, this compendium captures and integrates the current work being done in this vitally important field.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:1090051344
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review: