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Shrinking Cities: Effects on Urban Ecology and Challenges for Urban Development

Edited By Marcel Langner and Wilfried Endlicher

Cities in highly industrialised countries have grown over time, yet the phenomenon of shrinking cities occurs in many regions. Urban shrinkage has various impacts on urban ecology, which can be observed on urban brownfield sites in particular. The integration of brownfield sites with sustainable urban development must be managed, and this presents new challenges for urban planners. The introductory chapters of this publication give an overview of urban ecology concepts and how research in this field is affected by urban shrinkage. The following sections are concerned with botanical aspects of shrinking cities, perception of nature in the context of shrinkage and discussion of aspects of urban planning with reference to several regional examples. The book concludes with an examination of urban shrinkage during the life cycles of city archetypes.
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URBAN ECOLOGY – DEFINITIONS AND CONCEPTS

Wilfried Endlicher, Marcel Langner, Markus Hesse, Harald A. Mieg, Ingo Kowarik, Patrick Hostert, Elmar Kulke, Gunnar Nützmann, Marlies Schulz, Elke van der Meer, Gerd Wessolek, Claudia Wiegand

SHRINKING CITIES – A NEW CHALLENGE FOR RESEARCH IN URBAN ECOLOGY

Miriam Fritsche, Marcel Langner, Hadia Köhler, Anke Ruckes, Daniela Schüler, Betka Zakirova, Katharina Appel, Valeska Contardo-Jara, Ellen Diermayer, Mathias Hofmann, Christoph Kulemeyer, Peter Meffert, Janneke Westermann

URBAN BROWNFIELDS AS TEMPORARY HABITATS: STRATEGIES OF PLANTS FOR SURVIVAL IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

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