Challenging assumptions in urban restoration ecology

Zeunert, Joshua 2013, Challenging assumptions in urban restoration ecology, Landscape journal, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 231-242, doi: 10.3368/lj.32.2.231.

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Title Challenging assumptions in urban restoration ecology
Author(s) Zeunert, Joshua
Journal name Landscape journal
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 231
End page 242
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Wisconsin Press, Journal Division
Place of publication Madison, Wis.
Publication date 2013-01-01
ISSN 0277-2426
Keyword(s) restoration ecology
landscape architecture
Summary This paper presents a critical examination of core assumptions of Restoration Ecology (RE) and Urban Restoration Ecology (URE) with a focus on reinstatement of native/indigenous vegetation in urban areas. RE's widely utilized and imposed land use approach reconstructs questionable historic interpretations of natural landscapes. RE misappropriates various terms and ideologies central to its paradigm, thereby excluding non- native biodiversity. Despite decades of theory, research, and practice, RE suffers a noteworthy risk of failure. RE applies rural conservation practices to urban environments, which often presents difficulties in terms of scale and suitability for fauna. RE is optimistic or mis-representative regarding economics, maintenance, and risk in urban environments. This paper briefly discusses an alternative focus, which includes a broader concept of restoration. More substantially, this paper explores multifunctional landscape techniques that: respond to novel states in urban environments; that address present and future needs and scenarios; deliver tailored ecosystem services; and provide resources and productivity specifically relevant to urban contexts.
Language eng
DOI 10.3368/lj.32.2.231
Field of Research 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
1201 Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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