Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture / Edition 1

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The use of innovative new materials is an important trend in landscape architecture today. These materials include biodegradable geotextiles, super-absorbent polymers, and plants that react to changing soil conditions. This book presents the available materials and technologies in the context of practical applications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783764377007
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Liat Margolis is a landscape architect and industrial designer. She trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, two of the most prestigious institutions in her field. She acquired practical experience at the firm Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates in Cambridge, MA and as Director of Material Research at the world-famous firm Material ConneXion in New York, whose representatives advise architects, designers, engineers, fashion professionals, and other interested parties on the properties and applications of new materials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    A good reference book for both design major students and seasoned professional designers

    As the former Director of Material Research at Material ConneXion, Liat Margolis combined her many years of experience in innovative multi-industry materials research with the professional design experience of her co-author and fellow Harvard GSD graduate, Alexander Robinson in 'Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture.' 'Vertical landscapes also represent a conceptual shift toward a synthesis between landscape and architecture building facades, for example, can be embedded within emergent, active and responsive skins...' Liat Margolis and Alexander Robinson wrote. They continued to discuss various living systems and applications demonstrated with real examples, including: Launch (Multi-tiered Vine Park, Misting Vine Pergola, Wind Adapted Road Canopy Structure, Fire-Escape Ecosystem, Parasitic Vegetal Structure) Stratify (Mechanically Stabilized Landform, Floating Glass Plain, Multi-Operational Modular Surface, Gradient of Resilience, Surface Inversion) Fluid (Weaving Porous and Non- porous Surfaces, Inflatable Dam System, Stormwater Garden, Drop Structures for Suburban Stormwater System, Networked Sidewalk Stormwater System, Bio-technical Wave and Erosion Control Structures) Grooming (Tree Crutches Growing Guide, Artificial Winter for a Bamboo Garden, Saltwater Herbicide System, Low-Maintenance Perennial Plantings, Stunted Growth Pattern) Digestive (Bio-Remediation Park Design, Fluvially Integrated Effluent Wetlands, On-site Sewage Treatment System, Ground Reconstitution Strategy, Strategic Contaminated Soil Placement) Translate (Pheumatic Body, Power by Wind, the Ground is a Turntable, Weather Informed Park Access System, Fiber Optic Marsh) Volatile (Responsive Cloud Machine, Computer Animated Rain, Dynamic Thermal Wind Wall, Impression of Rain). There is a helpful list of products and technologies at the end of the book. 'Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture' has 191 pages and many color interior photos and illustrations. It is a good reference book for both design major students and seasoned professional designers.

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