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By Jack Ahern

How do you degree biodiversity, and why may still panorama architects and planners care? What are the fundamental matters, the clearest terminology, and the simplest equipment for biodiversity making plans and layout? How can they play a task in biodiversity conservation in a way suitable with different pursuits? those are serious questions that Jack Ahern solutions during this well timed and valuable ebook. Real-world case stories exhibit biodiversity defense and recovery initiatives, either huge and small, around the united states: the wooded area Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington; the Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Mitigation venture in Wayne County, Michigan; the Florida Statewide Greenway process; and the citadel Devens Stormwater undertaking in Ayer, Massachusetts. Ahern exhibits how an interdisciplinary procedure led through planners and architects with conservation biologists, recovery ecologists, and typical and social scientists can yield winning effects and sustainable practices. Minimizing habitat loss and degradation - the significant factors of biodiversity decline - are on the middle of the making plans and layout methods and supply panorama architects and planners an opportunity to accomplish their expert targets whereas taking a number one function within the environmental group.

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Landscape immersion emphasizes that animals in zoos should be exhibited in their natural environment (or the closest facsimile possible), which should reach out into the observation area so that visitors also experience the environment by standing in it rather than just looking at it. Cultural resonance, another term coined by Grant Jones, moves beyond landscape immersion to include aspects of the interdependent relationship between humans and animals in their native environment. For example, the architecture, religion, and culture of Southeast Asia is intimately tied to people’s experience with elephants.

And to really sense our dependency on the planet for our humanness” (Jones 1989, 412). One example of the use of cultural resonance is the Asian elephant exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo. Here, human artifacts that played a part in the relationship between the humans and the elephants are included in the exhibit, illustrating the reliance people in Thailand had on the native elephants. 15. Two examples of exhibit guidelines described in the longrange plan for Woodland Park Zoo that illustrate the principles of landscape immersion.

16. The longrange plan for Woodland Park Zoo realized the potential of the site to support a wide range of global bioclimatic types that would support a diversity of animal exhibits in appropriate habitats. Source: Jones & Jones, Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd. ed hillside, finally reaching the “Rong Chang,” or the House of the Elephants. As the zoo’s interpretive primer explains, the exhibit hopes to exhibit several “faces” of the elephants: “(1) elephants in the wild, (2) elephants as work animals in Thailand, and (3) elephants in Thai religious culture” (Jones 1989, 411).

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