Multi-Functional Ecological Corridors in Urban Development

By Gary Dean Austin.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Burgeoning population growth and loss of habitat due to urban development threaten the biodiversity of plants and animals while hastening the local extinction of species. Planners and landscape architects need ecological research that describes the processes and consequences of habitat fragmentation due to urbanization. Recent research in urban ecology, especially in comparative urban ecology, suggests planning and design measures that should be incorporated into initial land-use and master planning. Based primarily on responses of birds to human activity and biodiversity changes, this paper reports on research that confirms a hierarchy of minimum patch and corridor dimensions developed and applied in the Czech Republic and its application to planning and design for biodiversity.

Keywords: Green Infrastructure, Ecotones, Ecosystem Services, Ecological Corridors, Wildlife, Biodiversity, Urban Ecology, Landscape Infrastructure, Greenways

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.211-228. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.493MB).

Prof. Gary Dean Austin

Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA

Professor Austin is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Idaho, USA. He is currently writing a book on green infrastructure. His other interests include revitalization of rural towns, constructed wetlands for wastewater and stormwater treatment, and the history of landscape architecture.