Biodiversity Planning and Design: Sustainable Practices by Jack Ahern

By Jack Ahern

How do you degree biodiversity, and why should still panorama architects and planners care? What are the fundamental matters, the clearest terminology, and the simplest tools for biodiversity making plans and layout? How can they play a task in biodiversity conservation in a fashion suitable with different objectives? those are serious questions that Jack Ahern solutions during this well timed and invaluable ebook. Real-world case reviews show off biodiversity defense and recovery initiatives, either huge and small, around the united states: the forest Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington; the Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Mitigation venture in Wayne County, Michigan; the Florida Statewide Greenway approach; and the citadel Devens Stormwater venture in Ayer, Massachusetts. Ahern indicates how an interdisciplinary technique led through planners and architects with conservation biologists, recovery ecologists, and usual and social scientists can yield winning effects and sustainable practices. Minimizing habitat loss and degradation - the vital reasons of biodiversity decline - are on the middle of the making plans and layout techniques and supply panorama architects and planners an opportunity to accomplish their expert ambitions whereas taking a number one position within the environmental neighborhood.

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10) (McHarg 1996, 294). 9. Animal and plant adaptations to the plateau desert of Iran. 10. Cisterns as human adaptations to the plateau desert of Iran. Source for both: Mandala Collaborative/ Wallace McHarg Roberts Todd 1975; illustrations by Colin Franklin. 28 | BIODIVERSITY PLANNING AND DESIGN Park Zoo. Unfortunately, the visionary Pardisan project was never constructed due to radical social and political changes resulting from the Iranian Revolution. The approach by Jones & Jones for Woodland Park Zoo marked a progressive departure from the status quo in zoo design, in which animals are displayed in habitats that fail to resemble their natural environment or, even worse, displayed in concrete cages with metal bars separating them from zoo visitors.

1. Do’s and Don’ts of Zoo Design. Suggestions for design for a biocentric zoo by Grant Jones: adapted from the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums annual conference proceedings, 1982. • Viewers should not look down on the animals. Instead, animals should be at or above eye level. ” Instead, provide small overlooks that are screened from one another. • Keep the animals only as close as their natural flight distances allows. Provide “alternative locations” within the exhibit so animals may chose where they want to be.

Do not allow an entire exhibit to be seen from one overlook. • The exhibits should replicate the animal’s natural environment. • Do not put humans in man-made settings and animals in natural settings. Instead, immerse the viewer by extending the natural setting into human-use areas. • Do not display animals from different habitats together in one natural habitat setting. • Do not display animals from strikingly different habitats in adjacent spaces. Instead, relate them in habitat complexes that form transitional/ecotonal zones.

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