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Terragrams is a podcast series providing a wide portal into the world of landscape architecture by the professionals who shape it. Running from 2006 to 2012, the podcast dispatched over 30 interviews. It is now being re-edited and re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

Dispatch 13: Richard T.T. Forman

First published 7th May, 2008

Republished 30th Jan, 2021

In this dispatch we are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and are joined by Richard Forman. Richard is Harvard University’s Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies in the Field of Landscape Ecology. He teaches ecological courses in the Graduate School of Design as well as in the Harvard College.

Here he talks to us about his latest book entitled Urban Regions: Ecology and Planning Beyond the City. Additionally, Richard discusses the hurdles to creating a healthy urban environment, endangered landscapes, who is making a difference today, teaching, and why he finds himself at the GSD.

Richard is also the author of Landscape Ecology with Michel Godron, Land Mosaics - the Ecology of Landscapes and Regions, and Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning with Dramstad and Olson.

Introducing Richard & the Urban Regions Book

Ch. 1


Nature's Patterns and Principles at Scale

Ch. 4


Example of a principle from the Landscape Ecology book

Collaborations & Urban Growth

Ch. 5


Illustration of considering natural systems in the planning process from Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning

Ecosystem Services & Emeralds

Ch. 6


Making a Difference

Ch. 7



Ch. 9