Typical development in the American Southwest often resulted in scraping the desert lands of the ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption of energy and natural resources. This transdisciplinary book explores the natural and built environment of this desert region and introduces development tools for shaping its future in a more sustainable way. It offers valuable insights to help promote ecological balance between nature and the built environment in the American Southwest-and in other ecologically fragile regions around the world.

part Part I|117 pages

Physical Aspects of the Desert Environment

chapter 1|34 pages

Deserts of the World*

ByRon Cooke, Andrew Warren, Andrew Goudie
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chapter 2|21 pages

Geology and Soils in Deserts of the Southwestern United States

ByWilliam L. Stefanov, Douglas Green
Size: 4.23 MB

chapter 3|14 pages

Scales of Climate in Designing with the Desert

ByAnthony J. Brazel
Size: 1.82 MB

chapter 4|17 pages

Water Resources in the Desert Southwest

ByRobert H. Webb, Stanley A. Leake
Size: 1.50 MB

chapter 5|27 pages

Geologic, Hydrologic, and Urban Hazards for Design in Desert Environments

ByRobert H. Webb, Stanley A. Leake, Richard A. Malloy
Size: 2.95 MB

part Part II|111 pages

The Living Desert

chapter 6|13 pages

Deep History and Biogeography of La Frontera*

ByThomas R. Van Devender
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chapter 7|16 pages

Vegetation Zones of the Southwest

ByWard W. Brady
Size: 3.21 MB

chapter 8|18 pages

Plant Ecology of the Sonoran Desert Region*

ByMark A. Dimmitt
Size: 2.76 MB

chapter 9|23 pages

Wildlife and Anthropogenic Changes in the Arid Southwest

ByBrian K. Sullivan, David R. Van Haverbeke, Carol Chambers
Size: 6.58 MB

chapter 10|19 pages

Healing the Wounds: An Example from the Sky Islands

ByDave Foreman, Rurik List, Barbara Dugelby, Jack Humphrey, Robert Howard, Andy Holdsworth
Size: 2.77 MB

chapter 11|10 pages

Built to Burn

ByStephen J. Pyne
Size: 3.42 MB

chapter 12|7 pages

Restoring Ecosystem Health in Frequent-Fire Forests of the American West*

ByWilliam Wallace Covington
Size: 0.70 MB

part Part III|122 pages

Desert Planning

chapter 13|18 pages

Ecological Planning Method*

ByFrederick R. Steiner
Size: 1.30 MB

chapter 14|17 pages

Phoenix as Everycity: A Closer Look at Sprawl in the Desert

BySandy Bahr, Renée Guillory, Chad Campbell
Size: 1.42 MB

chapter 15|17 pages

Water Planning for Growing Southwestern Communities

BySharon B. Megdal, Joanna B. Nadeau
Size: 2.22 MB
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chapter 17|12 pages

Environmental Injustice in the Urban Southwest: A Case Study of Phoenix, Arizona

ByBob Bolin, Sara Grineski, Edward J. Hackett
Size: 2.24 MB
Size: 5.35 MB

chapter 19|12 pages

Dialogue on Development

ByRichard A. Malloy
Size: 2.99 MB

part Part IV|86 pages

Ecology in Design of Urban Systems

chapter 20|10 pages

Ecological Design*

ByDavid Orr
Size: 0.15 MB

chapter 21|19 pages

Rainwater Harvesting and Stormwater Reuse for Arid Environments

ByHeather Kinkade
Size: 2.00 MB

chapter 22|13 pages

Designing Habitats in Urban Environments*

ByMargaret Livingston
Size: 2.36 MB

chapter 23|12 pages

Native Plant Salvaging and Reuse in Southwestern Deserts

ByAllan Dunstan, Margaret Livingston
Size: 0.97 MB
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chapter 25|12 pages

Desert Urbanism*

ByNan Ellin
Size: 3.03 MB

part Part V|131 pages

Urban Sustainability

chapter 26|26 pages

Settlement, Growth, and Water Security for Southwest Cities

ByRichard A. Malloy
Size: 5.87 MB

chapter 27|19 pages

Creating Tomorrow

ByVernon D. Swaback
Size: 7.98 MB
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chapter 29|16 pages

Sustainable Energy Alternatives for the Southwest

ByDavid Berry
Size: 0.84 MB

chapter 30|13 pages

Search for a Lean Alternative

ByPaolo Soleri
Size: 3.62 MB