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Social-environmental Planning: The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity

By: Chris Maser

321 pages, no illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | Sep 2009 | #182695 | ISBN-13: 9781439814598
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NHBS Price: £55.99 $71/€67 approx

About this book

With the environment, climate change and global warming taking center stage in the national debate, the issues seem insurmountable and certainly unsolvable at the local level. This book focuses on community based solutions, emphasizing how the heavy lifting of sustainability will always be done inside existing cities and communities. Based on the author's forty years of experience, the book covers the sustainability of the planet and its population when dealing with climate change.

[...] provides an important and unique perspective on the strong relationships and parallels between human-made systems and structures and other natural systems and structures. The convergence of the social and physical sciences; of science and spirituality; of art and science and of other previously isolated fields of endeavor and belief will be, I believe, the hallmark of this century. Chris's book elegantly weaves together two such realms of thought and understanding. [...] I believe this book will make a significant contribution [...]
- Jane Silberstein, Bainbridge Island, Washington

"Maser makes a compelling case for the importance of maintaining Nature's processes, which ultimately sustain the quality of our life."
- R.S. Whaley, Ph. D., President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York

"I am very impressed by the contribution you have made to Oregon's natural environment and our collective quality of life."
- John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor, State of Oregon

"Author, lecturer, and international consultant on forest management issues, Chris Maser of Corvallis, Oregon, is known to some as the 'Ghandi of the Forest.' [...] His informed, nonadversarial approach toward environmental issues and competing interest groups has won him the respect of conservationists, government agencies, and members of the timber industry [...]"
- Will Hornyak, The Stewards' Journal


Contents

The Human Dimension of Social-Environmental Planning
- How We Think
- Language and Communication
- The Law of Cosmic Unification
- Basic Components of Design
- Habitat, the Language of Boundaries
- Patterns Across the Landscape
- Infrastructure

Shared Relationships between Everyforest and Everycity
- Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds
- Age as an Archive of History
- Ecology and Economy

A Century for Healing
- Toward Social-Environmental Equality in a Diverse World
- Social-Environmental Planning in Space and Time
- Challenges for Social-Environmental Planning
- Where Leaders Dare to Go

Glossary
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals

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