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The only comprehensive guide to wood specifically for landscape architects.
Wood, with its unique warmth and richness, takes us back to the roots of our building heritage and back to the landscape. Lightweight, simple, and clean to work with, it is one of the most versatile building materials, and-thanks in part to its natural origin-one that is also especially well-suited to the designed landscape.
Wood in the Landscape gives you the information you need to exploit wood's full potential in your design work. The first comprehensive guide to the properties, use, selection, and installation of woodwritten from the landscape architect's perspective, it is destined to become a staple in your practice.
Wood in the Landscape provides full, detailed coverage of all relevant technical aspects of working with wood-including the physical properties and characteristics of wood as well as finishes, fasteners, and adhesives. It examines the construction methodologies used to build a range of common structures, from fences and decking to gazebos and bridges, and shows how to avoid common problems that can adversely affect durability - particularly important when it comes to outdoor settings.
Generously supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations, Wood in the Landscape is a terrific source of ideas that will inspire you to explore the many exciting possibilities for using wood to enhance your landscape designs.
Wood in the Landscape is an invaluable resource for landscape architects, landscape designers, and architects who provide site-planning services.
1. INTRODUCTION 3
WOOD AS A BUILDING MATERIAL 3
HISTORY OF WOOD IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE 5
2. MATERIALS AND PROPERTIES 21
WOOD COMPOSITION 21
SIZING AND SURFACING 26
FINISHES AND COATINGS 32
WOOD PRESERVATIVE TREATMENTS 41
MECHANICAL FASTENERS AND CONNECTORS 44
WOOD CONNECTORS 50
3. CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGIES 57
RETAINING WALLS 93
FREESTANDING WALLS 97
ARBORS AND PERGOLAS 127
FREESTANDING STRUCTURES: GAZEBOS, PAVILIONS, AND CABINS 135
APPENDIX A ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS AND SUSTAINABLE METHODS OF WOOD PRODUCT PRODUCTION 173
APPENDIX B SPECIFICATION STANDARDS 185
APPENDIX C SAMPLE SECTION ORGANIZATION 187
APPENDIX D RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES 189