Back to the future, back to the basis: the social ecology of landscape and the future of landscape planning

Linehan, J.R. & M. Gross, 1998, Back to the future, back to the basis: the social ecology of landscape and the future of landscape planning, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, 42,

  • Author : Linehan, J.R. & M. Gross
  • Year : 1998
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 42
  • Pages : 207-223
  • Abstract in English : This paper discusses the key needs and assets of landscape planning at the end of the century. While landscape ecology and systems approaches have increased our understanding of ecological sustainability, this fails to constitute a sufficient basis for prescribing overall regional sustainability. Despite growing popularity in sustainability, despite a burgeoning amount of literature and information, despite emerging data sources and information technologies, despite bigger and more frequent international conferences, and despite the continual accumulation of relevant knowledge by an ever-widening spectrum of disciplines, we still seem incapable of closing the gap between society an the environment so as to forge a socially accessible (and acceptable) working sustainable alternative to our development paradigm. If we are to foster strategies that will effectively lead to sustainable development, we must, like our processors, investigate and advocate for more critical social ecology of landscapes. This paper is dealing with some of the ecological and economic and cultural dimensions of landscapes we need to serve as the basis for future landscape planning research.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: sustainability, landscape, planning research, ecology, social ecology, economy, culture, participatory research. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.