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Science of Sustainable DesignMary Myers

Science of Sustainable Design

(Third Edition)
Edited by Mary Myers

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63487-428-1, 318 pages


Science of Sustainable Design is based on the belief that sustainable design helps reduce human impact on the environment and repairs environmental degradation. This text is designed to help readers understand the breadth of sustainable design issues, recognize the scientific bases of different types of environmental degradation, and learn how contemporary design is becoming more sustainable.

The anthology begins with readings on the scientific principles that underlie new design approaches. This section illustrates how knowledge of physical laws, bio-geochemical cycles, and biodiversity provides a foundation for sustainable design decisions. Additional readings provide information on the sustainable design process, goals, and principles of sustainable design, and features case studies. The third edition includes new chapters that focus on current scientific knowledge related to the environment, especially biodiversity and the concept of ecological services. New design chapters have also been added that describe the makeover of old cities, community gardens, and ecological restoration. Science of Sustainable Design concludes with readings on ethics and the importance of the environment in human well-being.

Readers can apply the knowledge gained in their academic and professional careers, as well as in their personal lives.

Mary Myers is a professor of landscape architecture at Temple University. She holds a Ph.D. (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland), a master of landscape architecture (Harvard University), and a bachelor of landscape architecture (University of Wisconsin). Dr. Myers conceptualized and developed Temple University’s master of landscape architecture with a concentration in ecological restoration — one of the first such degrees in the United States. Prior to becoming an academic, she practiced landscape architecture in New York State and is a registered landscape architect.