The Landscape Guide

17.14 Ecoways - biological corridors

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Upward links to Alexander's Pattern Language

City country fingers (3), Agricultural fingers (4).


Having destroyed most natural habitats in most urban areas, the public has begun to mourn their loss and even to feel guilty about their destruction. There are visual, spiritual, economic and ecological advantages in having networks of semi-natural habitat interlacing cities.


Establish networks of ecological space in cities by using urban watercourses, public utility corridors, parklands and private gardens. Some parts of the network may be accessible to the public, but, as the networks are for plants, animals, air and water, public access should not be a planning objective for this category of space. Ecoways need not link human origins and destinations. Indeed, as humans tend to have a deleterious effect upon wildlife, it is desirable to have ecoways that are indirect and, for parts of their length and width, inaccessible to the public.

Downward links to Alexander's Pattern Language

Animals (74), Garden growing wild (172).