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The Granite Garden: Urban Nature And Human Design

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This award-winning book by a Harvard landscape architect proves how important it is to understand the natural settings of cities—their air, water, geology, plant, and animal life—to create better, more habitable urban environments.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 10th 1985 by Basic Books (first published January 1984)
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Sep 14, 2012 Theresa is currently reading it
Shelves: urban-ecology
Design and planning oriented book that does a nice job of describing urban areas and their connection to their geographic settings. Has information that connects it with portions of John McPhee's The Control of Nature, e.g., Boston and Atchafalaya. Statistics are out of date given its publication date of 1984.
Flood control is a surprisingly interesting topic (really!), all the trees in your city are probably doomed to an early death due to poor planning, many interesting things can be done with sewage sludge, and in DC the National Park Service runs a research program on lawn care that sounds totally charming. Or at least they did in 1982. Also, probably nobody should ever have a lawn.

Maybe a little bit more detail on city air pollution and pigeon control than strictly necessary for your average bea
Sara McDonald
Though a bit outdated, this was a fascinating book that offers a unique perspective of the urban environment. My favorite part was the historical discussion of Boston and how its location has continued to influence the challenges the city faces and will face in the decades to come.
Anne Spirn makes a case that nature is in our built environment and recommends ways to work with our environment, rather than against it. This book may get a bit dry at parts for non-urban designers, but there is so much in the book that anybody will enjoy.
Nov 13, 2008 Javier rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Javier by: the author
this book really changed how i look at the environment around me. it was talking about keeping it green before green became so "hip." a great read for those interested in how to look for and design nature in a city.
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