Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers

Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers

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In this remarkable and remarkably accessible synthesis of ecology, landscape design, and social sciences, the authors present an approach to lakeshore living that addresses the need to create rich, sustainable places and communities on the water, where both the loon and the family find a place, and where the cabin can be handed down with integrity to the grandchildren. Fragile shorelands require care, and that caring comes from knowledge, experience, and an environmental ethic. Radomski and Van Assche argue that an environmentally sensitive lakeshore place and community design is the way forward. While many factors affect the quality of lakes and lakeshore living, property owners and local communities do not have to wait until policies are perfect: the design approach advocated here can be applied in any place people living lakeside can get together and collaborate. The approach presented here is proactive and context sensitive: new designs have to fit the existing ecological, cultural, and policy landscapes. Development is always re-development in this sense. The authors introduce the reader step-by-step to this approach and carefully discuss leverage points that can be helpful in implementation and system change.

In this remarkable and remarkably accessible synthesis of ecology, landscape design, and social sciences, the authors present an approach to lakeshore living that addresses the need to create rich, sustainable places and communities on the water. The authors introduce the reader step-by-step to a preservation approach and carefully discuss leverage points that can be helpful in implementation and system change.


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Radomski and Assche offer this ecological reflection on the quality of lakeside areas and how it is affected by human uses and interactions. After several prefatory sections emphasizing the seriousness of the topics and encouraging skeptical scientific thought, the first part provides an account of the anatomy and ecology of lakes. Part two then engages in biography of three persons inspired and invested in lakes: the scientist Aldo Leopold, the writer Sigurd Olson, and the activist William Whyte. Parts three and four shift the focus to our direct impact, discussing sustainable design in development projects, the value of natural assets, the political force needed to change ecological inertia, and our responsibility for our lakeside communities. These issues of implementation and governance are framed by the biographies presented in part two. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Vearsa,, 2014
ISBN: 9781609174088
1609174089
9781611861181
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Assche, Kristof Van

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