Regenerative Design Techniques: Practical Applications in Landscape Design / Edition 1

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A hands-on resource for applying regenerative design technologies

Regenerative Design Techniques provides practical and applied information on sustainable and regenerative principles, as well as techniques for analyzing and implementing these principles into the design of a structure or site. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book enables readers to easily and immediately apply all the material presented.

Environmental concerns that affect design are covered, along with issues such as water and waste, as well as information on energy and shelter. Specific topics examined within these broad issues include:
* Water quality, harvesting, runoff, and gray water
* Solid waste, recycling, reuse, and treatment
* Heat transfer, solar energy, and sun control
* Foundations, greenhouses, and indoor air quality
* Shelter design using overhangs and passive heating
* And many more

Complete with a companion Web site ( providing supplemental images, text, calculations, and additional resources, Regenerative Design Techniques is an invaluable resource to landscape architects, architects, environmental engineers, planners, and civil engineers, as well as students in these disciplines.

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Editorial Reviews

Melby (landscape architecture) and Cathcart (agriculture and biological engineering, both Mississippi State U.-Starkville) review relatively low-technology approaches to created landscapes that are more sustainable than conventional designs. They cover sustainability and regeneration, water, shelters, energy, waste processing, and landscape management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471414728
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PETE MELBY, ASLA, MLA, is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU), in Starkville, Mississippi. He is Codirector of the Center for Sustainable Design at MSU.

TOM CATHCART, PhD, is Professor of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at MSU. He also is Codirector of the Center for Sustainable Design at MSU.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Sustainability and Regeneration.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Sustainability.

Chapter 2. Blending the Human Landscape with the Natural Ecological System.

Chapter 3. Estimating Costs in the Sustainable Landscape.

PART II: Water in the Sustainable Landscape.

Chapter 4. Water Quality.

Chapter 5. Rainwater Harvesting.

Chapter 6. Using Domestic Gray Water.

PART III: Shelters and the Sustainable Landscape.

Chapter 7. Shelter Design.

Chapter 8. Earth Sheltering.

Chapter 9. Computing Overhangs for Solar Energy Control.

Chapter 10. Heating Shelters with the Sun.

Chapter 11. Surface Reflectivity.

Chapter 12. Indoor Air Quality.

PART IV: Energy in the Sustainable Landscape.

Chapter 13. Energy Conservation as a Sustainable Practice.

Chapter 14. Heat Value of the Sun.

Chapter 15. Controlling Heat Transfer In and Out of Buildings.

Chapter 16. Determining Sun Path.

Chapter 17. Solar-Powered Hot Water and Space Heating.

Chapter 18. Using the Earth as a Cooling and Heating Source.

Chapter 19. Photovoltaic Energy Production.

Chapter 20. Using Biomass to Heat Your Home.

Chapter 21. Use of Trees for Sun and Wind Control.

PART V: Waste Processing in the Sustainable Landscape.

Chapter 22. Treating Sewage Using Constructed Wetland Ecosystems.

Chapter 23. Recycling.

Part VI: Landscape Management in the Sustainable Landscape.

Chapter 24. Managing Human Landscapes.

Chapter 25. Composting Kitchen and Yard Wastes.

Chapter 26. Managing Runoff Water.


Appendix A.

Appendix B.


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