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Author Bell, Simon
Title Landscape
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2012
©2012
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Edition 2nd ed
Descript 1 online resource (361 pages)
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Note Intro -- Front Cover -- Landscape -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Introduction -- The View from Scarth Nick -- The Importance of Patterns -- The Relevance of Pattern Analysis -- The Origins of this Book -- Chapter One:What Are Patterns? -- Patterns are All Around Us -- What Are Patterns? -- Towards an Understanding of Patterns in an Uncertain World -- Geometric Principles -- Review of Pattern Analysis Methods -- Mosaic Landscapes -- The Patterns of Chaos -- Patterns Created by People -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Two:The Perception Of Patterns -- Introduction -- The Senses and Their Use in Perception -- Light as the Medium of Visual Perception -- The Physiology of Visual Perception -- The Psychology of Visual Perception -- Processes of Pattern Recognition -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Three:The Aesthetics Of The Landscape -- Introduction -- The Nature of Aesthetics -- Environment and Landscape -- What is an Aesthetic Experience? -- Pleasure as a Part of the Aesthetic Experience -- Beauty and the Sublime -- The Aesthetic Theory of Alfred North Whitehead -- Ecology and Aesthetics -- Environmentalism and Aesthetics -- The Individual Versus Universal Appreciation -- Aesthetics: Integration of Perception and Knowledge -- Characteristics and Qualities in the Landscape -- The Aesthetics of Engagement -- The Rediscovered Sublime -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Four: Design With Landscapes -- Introduction -- The Place of Landscape Design and Designers -- Design Methods and Practice -- Creativity as Part of the Design Process -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Five: Climate Patterns And Processes -- Introduction -- The Spatial Patterns of Climate -- The Temporal Patterns of Climate Since the Last Ice Age -- Climate Changes and Human History -- The Main Climatic Processes
Linking Climate to Geological, Ecological and Cultural Patterns and Processes -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Six: Landform Patterns And Processes -- Introduction -- The Structure of the Earth's Crust -- Vulcanism -- Mountain Building -- Moulding the Land -- Relevance of Landform Patterns -- Analysing Landform Patterns -- Analysing Hydrological Patterns -- Design of Landforms -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Seven:Ecosystem Patterns And Processes -- Introduction -- Landform Effects on Ecosystem Patterns and Processes -- Vegetation Patterns: Structure and Dynamics -- Natural Disturbance in the Landscape -- Analysing Ecological Patterns -- Landscape Ecological Analysis -- Designing Ecosystems -- Modelling Dynamic Ecosystems -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Eight:Cultural Patterns And Processes -- Introduction -- Early Cultural Landscapes: Hunter-Gatherers -- Pastoral Landscapes -- Early Cultivated Landscapes -- The Pattern of Agricultural Development -- Planned Landscapes -- Settlement Patterns -- Towns and Cities -- Conclusions to the Study of Human Patterns -- Analysing Cultural Patterns -- Planning and Designing with Cultural Patterns and Processes -- Modelling Urban Development -- Summary and Conclusions -- Chapter Nine: Reclaiming The Landscape -- Introduction -- How can current political and legislative initiatives for protecting the environment be translated intomore effective action using limited resources? -- How can relationships between communities and landscapes be revitalized and how can people inthese communities become more involved in developing their own sustainable solutions to theproblems they face? -- How can scientific and professional landscape and environmental disciplines be better integrated sothat truly holistic, sustainable solutions are achieved?
Where should the understanding of pattern and process-based planning and design be applied? -- Conclusions -- Bibliography -- Index
Landscapes develop and evolve through an interacting series of processes - climatic, geological, ecological and cultural - over varying periods of time. These processes shape the structure and character of the landscapes which we experience. Over time, distinctive patterns emerge - ranging in scale from the distribution of small plants to the sculptured sides of a huge canyon. Our perception of these patterns goes beyond just their visual appreciation - beautiful though they may be - into a richer understanding of how we experience our environment. By understanding this complex pattern-process interaction we can obtain a deeper awareness of landscape and our place in it - as inhabitants and as shapers. The book explores the nature of patterns and ways of classifying them before studying the nature of perception (primarily visual but including other senses), then proceeds to relate this perception to aesthetics and from there to the design process. From this point the main driving processes in landscape are introduced alongside the resulting patterns, these being climatic, landform, ecosystem and cultural aspects. It is this integrative approach of looking at landscape as a kind of self-organising system, overlaid by conscious human planning activities and the unity of pattern and process, which makes this book unique. Landscape draws from a wide range of neighbouring disciplines, of which the landscape planner or designer needs to be aware, but which are often taught as distinct elements. Bell binds these fundamentals together, which enables the landscape to be 'read', and this reading to be used as the basis for planning and design. This second edition updates and refreshes the original material with added sections and new photos, particularly making use of the developments in satellite photography. Featuring full colour throughout, this
textbook is ideal for anyone studying landscape architecture or any of the disciplines which intersect with the landscape, and which affect it
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Bell, Simon Landscape: Pattern, Perception and Process London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2012 9780415608367
Subject Ecological landscape design.;Landscape assessment.;Regional planning -- Environmental aspects
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