Book Chapter

Ecology, Scarcity, and the Global South

Jillian Walliss

Design with Nature Now | Lincoln Institute of Land Policy | Published : 2019


A nation’s economic growth and ecological values are closely linked - a factor well demonstrated in Design with Nature, which was produced during a period of unprecedented economic growth. Writing in the 1960s, McHarg observed that the United States, now emancipated ‘from oppression, slavery, peonage and serfdom,’ was at a place “where an unparalleled wealth has been widely distributed.” It was against this rare background of shared prosperity, that McHarg honed his argument for setting limits to development through a greater understanding of ecological systems across the three scales of the city, suburb, and countryside. Rotate the globe during the 1960s to the Global South and a very dif..

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