Cultural patterns as a component of environmental planning and design Chapter uri icon


  • Rural landscapes are multi-functional systems. Environmental functions are influenced by both natural and cultural landscape patterns. Beyond the traditional productive functions, rural landscapes are increasingly being recognized as complementary sources of biodiversity and places for cultural identification. Rural landscapes can often be seen as a complex assemblage of structural elements (patches, corridors, and matrix) whose arrangement reflects the magnitude, intensity, and type of human intervention and influence. This chapter describes some of the cultural patterns inherent in selected rural landscapes. It outlines how cultural artifacts and remnant habitat patches can affect ecological functions in two contrasting landscapes: the relatively young agricultural landscapes of southern Ontario, Canada; and longer-established agricultural landscapes of the Apulia region in southern Italy. For these landscapes, we illustrate the effects of cultural settlement patterns on habitat patterns and discuss implications for enhancing ecological attributes through landscape planning and design © 2007 Springer Netherlands.

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, R. D., Lafortezza, R., Corry, R. C., Leal, D. B., & Sanesi, G.

Book Title

  • Landscape Ecological Applications in Man-Influenced Areas: Linking Man and Nature Systems

publication date

  • December 2007