Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainable Landscape Design, Urban Forestry and Green Roof Science and Technology, Introduction

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A sustainable landscape is a healthy and resilient landscape that will endure over the long term, which can be achieved by including the five basic principles in landscape management: resource conservation, built development, environmental quality, social equity, and political participation. That means that in sustainable landscapes, ideally, humans and nature represent coevolving systems that interact within the bounds of the geosphere (including biosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, etc.) at various temporal and spatial scales and across scales – from the field to the region, or nations, continents, or even globally. The natural functions and ecosystem processes of the sustainable landscape are able to absorb disturbances, retain its basic functions and thus maintain themselves into the future. The need to achieve such sustainable environments in the future should be the driving force changing the way we live and work in the present and future centuries. Climate change...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyHumboldt University BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computational Landscape EcologyHelmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany