Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition

Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition by John Ormsbee Simonds, Barry Starke

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The most comprehensive, current guide to the theory and practice of landscape architecture

For more than 50 years, this pioneering guide has served as the foremost resource on the principles and practices of landscape architecture. Now, the book has been revised to address the latest developments in the field, providing a comprehensive, current presentation of the profession.

Richly illustrated with more than 400 full-color images, Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition, explains how to plan and design for the human use of land with the least environmental impact. This updated volume offers new coverage of important topics such as sustainability, climate change, water conservation, land reuse, urban agriculture, stormwater management, low-impact design, and much more. This definitive reference:

Introduces the fundamentals of site and environmental planning

Describes the planning constraints imposed by the forms, forces, and features of nature and our built environment

Addresses climate and its design implications

Discusses site selection and analysis

Instructs in the planning of workable and well-related use areas

Describes the volumetric shaping of exterior spaces

Explores site-structure relationships and organization

Applies contemporary thinking in the planning of expressive human habitations and communities

Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition, preserves the essential character and timelessness of the original classic while incorporating up-to-date advancements in the profession.

Extensively revised and filled with more than 400 contemporary full-color images, Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition, remains the quintessential resource on planning for the human use of land in harmony with the environment. The book presents a systematic approach to the creation of more usable, efficient, and attractive outdoor spaces and places. Teaching diagrams, plans, photographs, and graphics--including the works of many of the world's leading landscape architects and firms--are featured throughout. This thoroughly modernized classic offers new coverage of:


Climate change and global warming

Water preservation and water rights

Land reuse and brownfield redevelopment

GIS mapping

Invasive species

Urban agriculture and urban forestry

Stormwater management

Low-impact design

Complete streets

New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and Traditional Neighborhood Development

Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition, addresses every aspect of site and environmental planning, design, and implementation, including:

The most comprehensive, current guide to the theory and practice of landscape architecture The human habitat and sustainability





The visual landscape


Community planning and growth management

Rational land use planning

Urban design

Site planning

Site spaces



Landscape planting
Publication Date:
27 / 02 / 2013

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