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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2017, Vol. 5 Issue (2) : 72-85     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-20170207
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Age of the Tree
Cameron Barradale
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Abstract

Throughout the history of human existence, the connection to ecology and — more specifically trees — has been central to human survival and tradition. But over several recent centuries of industrialization, urbanization, sprawl and the rise of technology, this central and symbiotic relationship has been lost. A trend has been established in which much of the developed — and developing — world now places a greater emphasis on the technologies and environment of the built realm and less upon the natural amenities provided to us for free every day.

The single most effective — and urban — remedy for extreme environments, increasingly stressful urban conditions and declining connection between humans and nature is the reemergence of the tree.

We are entering a new “Age of the Tree” where we must reconsider our relationship to the tree, as one of the focal elements in this emerging urban reality. Simply stated, creating a healthy, robust and mature tree canopy must become a critical focal point for all future development — without exception. Our future generations will thank us as they reap tremendous dividends for our collective efforts today.

Keywords Trees      City      Urban Canopy      Forest      Nature     
Issue Date: 25 May 2017
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Cameron Barradale. Age of the Tree[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2017, 5(2): 72-85.
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