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Statement on Flora and Fauna as Integral Components of Locality in Urban Areas

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Rüdiger Prasse

The continuing urban expansion and the development of so-called mega cities are suspected to have led to the formation of featureless, uniform urban centers across the world (see, e.g., WBGU 2016). In architecture as well as landscape architecture, this observation has triggered a discussion on how to define the “locality” of urban areas and on whether and how locality can be implemented in planning and design processes. In ecology and environmental science there is no such discussion on the locality of urban spaces or related concepts. As an ecologist and naturalist, I try to state what features of an area or region the term locality could point to and why locality, even if not explicitly mentioned, is always a relevant issue for ecologists and naturalists. Finally, I would like to explain how, from my perspective, integrating flora and fauna into the locality approach can be useful for the design process and be integrated into it.

Institute of Environmental Planning
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Engineering(all), Social Sciences(all), Arts and Humanities(all), Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
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