Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture / Edition 2

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Newly designed and containing a full 40 percent completely new content, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, continues to be the most complete source of site design and construction standards and data. It is fully metric, to meet Federal and International requirements. It features increased coverage of: Site storm water "best management" practices · New urban tree planting and xeriscape concepts · Earth retaining structures and pavement design · Land reclamation, including soil and vegetation restoration · Metric site layout practices, including recreation facilities · Energy and resource conservation · Natural processes and site construction procedures · New expanded construction details · Simplified construction materials data. Over 50 sections provide concise tables, checklists, "Key Point" text summaries, and illustrations to provide an invaluable information resource for offices and classrooms throughout the world.

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Featuring large numbers of tables, diagrams, and illustrations, this comprehensive guide offers descriptions of standards and techniques in landscape design that take into account the trifold needs of: interaction with existing natural and cultural systems, site- and equipment-specific design and construction techniques, and the use of a wide range of materials and devices. The volume covers 41 topics arranged in sections on: construction processes; standards and guidelines including spatial standards, resource conservation, and natural hazards; techniques of site grading, stormwater management, and traffic circulation; structures such as walls, dams, paving, and pedestrian bridges; improvements including athletic facilities, fountains, lighting, and plantings; sewage and water utilities; and asphalt, concrete, masonry, wood, geotextiles and other materials. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070170278
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Time-Saver Standards Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 301,789
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Ward Harris, FASLA is a professor of landscape architecture emeritus at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. During his over 30 years of teaching at Harvard he was the Chairman of his Department for ten years and for seven years Director of the LA Research Office. His teaching and research activities covered a wide range of topics: regional landscape planning and design, land and project development, landscape construction and site engineering, and design education.

Before, during, and since his many years of academic teaching, administration, and research he worked in the professional offices of such well-known landscape architects as John and Philip Simonds, Hideo Sasaki and Peter Walker, Richard Dober, and Lawrence Walquist. In addition he worked for two and a half years with The Architect's Collaborative on the planning of a new campus for the University of Baghdad. Walter Gropious was the senior principle in charge. His professional work has spanned campus planning and design, personal rapid transit (PRT) system planning and design, housing and large scale of land development in the US, the Middle East, and North and Central America. In all of his past and present teaching and professional activities he has sought collaborative opportunities to bring together people to work on projects that are socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, economically sound, and aesthetically pleasing. He holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Illinois: one in landscape architecture and one in landscape operations (construction and contracting). He also has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. His home is in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Nicholas T. Dines, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and serves as graduate MLA program director at the University of Massachusetts where for over 28 years he has taught courses in site engineering, structures, design studio, design drawing, design theory, and professional practice. He is the author of two other McGraw-Hill publications, Landscape Perspective Drawing, and the recently released, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Construction Details CD.He has over 32 years of professional experience, including a 10-year period of work on residential and recreational design projects in Greece. He currently is conducting research in multi-media applications to both professional and academic design and planning practices, with a special focus on site construction and sustainable design. He has a bachelors degree from Michigan State University, and an MLA degree from Harvard University. His home is in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents


Standards and Guidelines.




Special Conditions.

Site Utilities.


Details and Devices.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

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    Landscape Architecture is a young and emerging profession. It is also a marginal discipline that borrows heavily from other disciplines like Horticulture, Architecture, Ecology and Civil Engineering, etc. The boundary and standards for Landscape Architecture has not been finalized yet. 'Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture' can help to set an industrial standard for Landscape Architecture. 'Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture' is separated into 9 divisions (please note these are NOT CSI Masterformat divisions, just divisions used for this book only), including process (construction documents and specifications, site construction operation), standards and guidelines (spatial standards, energy and resource conservations, outdoor accessibilities, natural hazards: earthquake, landslides and snow avalanches, land subsidence, expansive soils), techniques (site grading, stormwater management, pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular circulation), structures (retaining walls, small dams, surfacing and paving, fences, screens and walls, wood deck and boardwalks, pedestrian bridge), improvements (site furniture and features, recreational and athletic facilities, pools and fountains, outdoor lighting, plants and planting), special condition (deck and roof landscapes, interior landscapes, disturbed landscapes, sound control), site utilities (water, sewer, irrigation, and recreational water bodies), materials (soils and aggregates, asphalt, concrete, masonry, wood, metals, plastic and glass, geotextiles), and details and devises. There is also a list of agencies and organizations and a list of reference after each section. 'Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture' has 928 pages and many line drawings and interior black-and-white photos. It is a good reference book for landscape design professionals. Copyright 2007 Gang Chen, author of 'Planting Design Illustrated' Non-exclusive rights of use granted to bn.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2001

    A Time and a Money Saver

    Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, by Charles Harris and Nicholas Dines is a standard in the trade and this edition, seriously upgraded and far more inclusive, is a highly valuable addition. Long considered by many in the trade to be perhaps THE major book on the subject of landscape construction, this fine book deserves a spot on the bookshelf of every professional landscape contractor. Full of practical detail, this large and expensive reference work will more than pay its way.

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