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Landscape Reclamation

Ongoing landscape transformation worldwide has raised global concerns and there is a need to rethink landscaping to protect the environment. This is especially true for previously developed sites, currently abandoned or underused. Instead of consuming green lands, these derelict landscapes need to be redeveloped and given new life, enabling their transition to an increasingly sustainable urban setting. In this scenario, the present book, considers a set of subjects that highlight the diverse nature of the scientific domains associated with landscape reclamation, emphasizing the need to acknowledge that the contribution of each sustainability dimension is equally important. This will offer complementary development opportunities, while enabling redeveloped landscapes to fulfill multiple functions in an integrated way and underline the relevance of multifunctionality to promote sustainable landscape reclamation, planning, and development.

History and Science of Cultivated Plants

History and Science of Cultivated Plants narrates how humans transitioned from foragers to farmers and have arrived at present-day industrial agriculture-based civilization. It entails myths, historical accounts, and scientific concepts to describe how human efforts have shaped and produced easier to grow, larger, tastier, and more nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains from wild plants. Using examples of various economically and socially important crops central to human civilization, the book describes the origin of crop plants, the evolution of agricultural practices, fundamental concepts of natural selection vs. domestication, experimental and methodical plant breeding, and plant biotechnology.

Landscape Urbanism and Green Infrastructure

With the notion of landscape urbanism long neglected, interlinkages between ecology and
architecture in the built environment are becoming visible. Yet, the diversity in understandings of the
interconnections between cities and nature is the starting point for our research interest. This volume
contains nine thoroughly refereed contributions concerning a wide range of topics in landscape
architecture and urban green infrastructure. While some papers attempt to conceptualize the relation
further, others clearly have an empirical focus. Thereby, this special issue provides a rich body of
work, and will act as a starting point for further studies on biophilic urbanism and integrative policies,
such as the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

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