In 1969, Ian McHarg’s seminal book, Design with Nature, set forth a new vision for regional planning using natural systems. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, a team of landscape architects and planners from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design have showcased some of the most advanced ecological design projects in the world today.

Published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in association with the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.

Written in clear language and featuring vivid color images, Design with Nature Now demonstrates McHarg’s enduring influence on contemporary practitioners as they contend with climate change and other 21st-century challenges.

  • Like Ian McHarg's classic Design with Nature, this beautiful and fulsome reprise of his earlier work inspires us with its sheer virtuosity. Yes, it looks back at the pioneering work of McHarg but, much more, it elucidates contemporary challenges with boldness and precision. Human destruction and climate change are front and center, but so is dynamic planning and deep understanding of the places we inhabit and the ecological threats they face. A true manual for spaceship Earth!

    Jerry Brown Former four-term Governor, California

  • One of the most overlooked aspects of dealing with our environment, climate change, sustainable water supply, and clean air is land use planning. Where and how we build have an enormous impact on our health and the world around us. We must help nature do what she does best.

    Christine Todd Whitman Former United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and New Jersey Governor; Founder and President, The Whitman Strategy Group

  • Ian McHarg would be heartened to see the range and quality of thinking he's inspired. Each of these essays will leave you with an enlarged sense of possibility, which is a great gift in a constrained world.

    Bill McKibben Author, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

  • A thoughtful reconsideration of McHarg’s clarion call to address a world that is smaller and more vulnerable than even he could have imagined.

    Amy Freitag Executive Director, The J. M. Kaplan Fund