As the tensions between continued use of the world’s resourcesand protection of the environment increase, solutions becomemore complex. Thus I felt it helpful back in 1995-8 to write a book whose main purpose was to provide a deeper, more creative insight for design solutions in the landscape through a better understanding of natural patterns and processes, linked with perception and aesthetics. International obligations to protect the environment and the need for local communities to have more involvement in managing their landscapes were already requiring most of the scientific and professional disciplines concerned with landscape and environment to combine their expertise and work at a wide range of scales and for a number of different clients.