With more than 30 percent new material, the fourth edition of Landscape Architecture: A Manual of Land Planning and Design is an indispensable resource for practicing landscape architecture professionals, as well as students. The most comprehensive overview of landscape architecture available, this reference covers every aspect of planning, design, installation, implementation, and maintenance.
Landscape architects, architects, and everyone else involved with the shaping of our living environment will find in this colorful book a systematic approach to the creation of more usable, efficient, and attractive outdoor places. Simply put - it is the best one-volume course ever written on landscape planning and landscape design.
Incorporate harmony and sustainability into land planning and landscape design.
- Contains over 400 magnificent full-color photos and illustrations.
- Topics new to this edition include climate, new weather patterns, water resource management, new urbanism and growth management, and parking and mass transit.
This completely updated modern classic provides a systematic approach to the creation of more usable, efficient, aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces and places. You will find hundreds of teaching diagrams, plans, photographs, and graphics - including the works of many of the world's leading landscape architects and firms.
Offering unparalleled coverage of every aspect of the theory, application, and practice of landscape architecture, this reference belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in how people and their environment can be brought into greater accord.
Unquestionably the best way to keep pace with the latest thinking in environmental planning and landscape design, this new fourth edition covers:
- The fundamentals of landscape and environmental planning,
- Nature as the all-embracing framework,
- Topography and earth modeling,
- Treatment of wetlands, waterways, and water bodies,
- And more.
From the basics of using the natural landscape as the ecological basis for all land use planning to breakthrough methods for designing habitations and communities, Landscape Architecture
provides step-by-step procedures for:
- Selecting and analyzing sites.
- Assessing environmental impact.
- Developing detailed designs.
New co-author Barry W. Starke
has completely revitalized the design and presentation of this inspirational reference with the welcome addition of the works of world-renowned landscape photographers. Their work adds an unmatched visual appeal to this fourth edition.
From the Foreword:
Landscape Architecture has been written in response to the need for a book outlining the land-planning process in clear, simple, and practical terms. In a larger sense it is a guide book on low to live more compatibly on planet Earth.
It introduces us to an understanding of nature as the background and base for all human activities; it describes the planning constraints imposed by the forms, forces, and features of nature and our built environment; it instills a feeling for climate and its design implications; it discusses site selection and analysis; it instructs in the planning of workable and well-related use areas; it considers the volumetric shaping of exterior spaces; it explores the possibilities of site-structure organization; it applies contemporary thinking in the planning of expressive human habitations and communities; and it provides guidance in the creation of more efficient and pleasant places and ways within the context of the city and the region.
This book is not intended to explain all forms of the practice of the profession or to explicate the latest technology. Nor is it proposed that you will become an expert land planner. As with training in other fields, proficiency comes with long years of study, travel, observation, and professional experience. You should also gain much useful knowledge to be applied in the design of homes, schools, recreation areas, shopping malls, trafficways or any other project to be fitted into, and planned in harmony with, the all-embracing landscape.
This, at least, has been the express intent.
Chapter 1: The Human Habitat. Chapter 2: Climate. Chapter 3: Land. Chapter 4: Water. Chapter 5: Vegetation Chapter 6: Landscape Character Chapter 7: Topography. Chapter 8: Site Planning. Chapter 9: Site Development. Chapter 10: Landscape Planting. Chapter 11: Site Volumes. Chapter 12: Visible Landscape. Chapter 13: Circulation. Chapter 14: Structures. Chapter 15: Habitations. Chapter 16: Community Planning. Chapter 17: Urban Design. Chapter 18: Growth Management. Chapter 19: The Regional Landscape. Chapter 20: The Planned Environment. Chapter 21: Perspective.
About the Authors:
John Ormsbee Simonds,
who died in May 2005, was one of the 20th century's most important figures in landscape architecture and environmental planning. He was recognized worldwide for his visionary thinking and innovative spirit. Mr. Simonds's work and career spanned over 70 years, bridging as era during which the profession of landscape architecture expanded from a small number of individuals in the early 1900s to today's more than 30,000 of the most important land use and environmental planners in the United States. His many contributions, including Landscape Architecture, helped lay the groundwork for the focus on the environmentally responsible planning and design of today. Mr. Simonds was President and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, which awarded him its highest honor, the ASLA Medal, and its one-time Centennial President's Medal. He was a member of the President's Task Force on the Environment and the Florida Governor's Task Force on Natural Resources, and was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Design in Great Britain.
Barry W. Starke
has been a leader in the profession of landscape architecture for over 30 years. He graduated with a degree in landscape architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. While at Berkeley, he was introduced to the first edition of Landscape Architecture, which became a major influence on his career. In 1974, he co-founded the award-winning, multidisciplinary landscape architecture and environmental design firm Earth Design Associates, Inc., and continues to serve as President. In 1988, he was elected to the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where he taught Professional Practice. Mr. Starke served as the Centennial President of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999, leading ASLA's 100th-anniversary celebration. He is a Fellow of the ASLA, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently serves as vice-chair of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. In 2003, Mr. Starke received the inaugural M. Meade Palmer Medal from the Virginia Chapter of the ASLA for outstanding contributions to landscape architecture.