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Pages: 352

Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (16 July 2015)

By: John W. Dover(Author)

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With more than half of the world's population now living in urban areas, it is vitally important that towns and cities are healthy places to live. The principal aim of this book is to synthesize the disparate literature on the use of vegetation in the built environment and its multifunctional benefits to humans. The author reviews issues such as: contact with wildlife and its immediate and long-term effects on psychological and physical wellbeing; the role of vegetation in removing health-damaging pollutants from the air; green roofs and green walls, which provide insulation, reduce energy use and decrease the carbon footprint of buildings; and structural vegetation such as street trees, providing shading and air circulation whilst also helping to stop flash-floods through surface drainage. Examples are used throughout to illustrate the practical use of vegetation to improve the urban environment and deliver ecosystem services.

Whilst the underlying theme is the value of biodiversity, the emphasis is less on existing high-value green spaces (such as nature reserves, parks and gardens), than on the sealed surfaces of urban areas (building surfaces, roads, car parks, plazas, etc.). The book shows how these, and the spaces they encapsulate, can be modified to meet current and future environmental challenges including climate change. The value of existing green space is also covered to provide a comprehensive textbook of international relevance.


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  • By B Turner on 28 March 2016

    Fascinating read, particularly the section on 'Indoors'. Helped inspire me to work with a professional body to set up a design challenge to look into how GI could be a building service and I contacted John to tell him and he's agreed to come and give a talk at the launch of the challenge! [...]It's a really useful review and synthesis of the evidence and research out there, Quite a few useful summary tables of the key benefits with a list of references to back up each. My copy is already much highlighted with many notes in the margins. This was the first book I found that tackles the evidence on benefits and functions of GI indoors as well as out. Quite frankly a great read for anyone concerned and wanting to know more about what research is revealing about the environment we live in, how nature can help improve it and how we in turn can help enhance urban biodiversity.

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