299 pages, 107 illus
Urban landscapes formerly shaped by heavy industry are evolving all over the world. The associated processes enhance the evolution of a new kind of wilderness. In regions such as the German Ruhrgebiet, vast post-industrial areas have already been re-colonised naturally by forests. These new types of urban woodlands are often overlooked by ecologists, foresters and planners. The book provides a first concise overview of ecological features and potential social functions of this new kind of urban wilderness. The general chapters provide introductions and conceptual approaches from the perspectives of ecology, environmental sociology, forestry, nature conservation and landscape architecture. They are illustrated by a broad array of case studies from England, Germany and Japan.
Aus den Rezensionen: "New wilderness -- durch freie Sukzession entstandene Geholzflachen treten mehr und mehr in den Grossstadten der Industrienationen auf ! Solche Lebensraume konnen ! herausragende Beitrage zum Biodiversitatsschutz im urbanen Raum leisten. Trotzdem werden sie bislang recht stiefmutterlich von A-kologen und Planern behandelt. Umso erfreulicher ist jetzt dieser Band, der Tagungsbeitrage der Konferenz 'Wild Forests in the City -- Post-industrial Urban Landscapes of Tomorrow' zusammenfasst !" (Jurgen Dengler, in: Kieler Notizen zur Pflanzenkunde, 2006, Vol. 34, Issue 1-3, S. 80)
Wild woodlands as a new component of urban forests: Wild urban woodlands. New perspectives for urban forests.- Attitudes towards wild woodlands: Attitudes towards wilderness and public demands on wilderness areas. Social perceptions and notions of nature in an urban context. The importance of green spaces to communities in the East Midlands of England. A case study of Birchwood, Warrington New Town, UK. Use and perception of post-industrial urban landscapes in the Ruhr area. People working for nature in the urban forest.- Ecological studies: Monitoring succession in urban-industrial woodlands in the German Ruhr. Spontaneaous development of peri-urban woodlands in lignite mining areas of Eastern Germany. Ecological networks for bird species in the wintering season based on urban woodlands.- Conceptual approaches and projects: Nature conservation, forestry, landscape architecture and historic preservation. Approaches for developing urban forests from the cultural context of landscapes in Japan. Strategies between intervening and leaving room. New wilderness as an element of the peri-urban landscape. The project industrial forests of the Ruhr. The integration of rural vegetation in the conversion of a brownfield. Linking conservation and recreation in an abandoned rail yard in Berlin.
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