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Site Analysis A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design

ISBN-10: 0471797987
ISBN-13: 9780471797982
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Description: Site analysis is the key to a well-designed project. In fact, the careful and complete analysis of a site and its surrounding context can lead to better development proposals, smoother design implementation, and, ultimately, higher quality built  More...

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Site analysis is the key to a well-designed project. In fact, the careful and complete analysis of a site and its surrounding context can lead to better development proposals, smoother design implementation, and, ultimately, higher quality built environments. This carefully conceived book is the first to detail each crucial step in the site analysis and planning process, from site selection through design development. It shows how these activities are integrated to arrive at a site plan that successfully balances the needs of the client and other stakeholders with the site's suitability for the intended land uses. With more than 130 illustrations, this book includes many outstanding examples of maps and site plans created by leading land planning firms. It offers guidance on: * Site identification, evaluation, and selection * Site inventories of physical, biological, and cultural attributes * Land use suitability analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) * Concept planning and design development * Graphic communication with clients, government agencies, and other stakeholders Filled with need-to-know information on the entire land planning and design process, Site Analysis is a vital addition to the library of students and professionals in landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and related areas. This book will fill a void in the academic market by offering a comprehensive introduction to all stages of the site analysis process. The Second Edition of Site Analysis will detail each phase of the land planning and site design process, explain the influence of site and contextual conditions conditions on land use development and conservation decisions. It will also provide a valuable resource for professionals seeking design solutions for successful land use.

James A. Lagro Jr. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a planner and a registered landscape architect with more than twenty-five years of experience as an educator, consultant, and designer in private practice. He has been published in Landscape Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, and other leading publications.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Process and Tools
Shaping the Built Environment
Introduction
Toward Sustainable Built Environments
The Power of Place, the Role of Design
Site-Planning Process
Knowledge, Skills, and Values
Conclusion
Visualization of Spatial Information
Introduction
Graphic Communication
Mapping Fundamentals
Principles of Effective Graphic Communication
Base Maps
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Conclusion
Site Selection and Programming
Site Selection
Introduction
Site Selection Scope
The Site Selection Process
Conclusion
Programming
Introduction
Programming Methods
Program Documentation
Conclusion
Site Inventory and Analysis
Site Inventory: Physical Attributes
Introduction
Parcel Size and Shape
Topography
Geology
Hydrology
Soils
Climate
Natural Hazards
Conclusion
Site Inventory: Biological Attributes
Introduction
Ecological Communities
Trees
Wildlife
Conclusion
Site Inventory: Cultural Attributes
Introduction
Land Use and Tenure
Land-Use Regulation
Property Value
Public Infrastructure
Building and Neighborhood Character
Historic Resources
Sensory Perception
Conclusion
Site Analysis: Integration and Synthesis
Introduction
Site Carrying Capacity
Suitability Analysis
Integration and Synthesis
Conclusion
Design and Implementation
Conceptual Design
Introduction
Context-Sensitive Design
Design Determinants
Creativity and Conceptual Design
The Conceptual Design Process
Anatomy of a Concept Plan
Concept Plan Graphics
Concept Evaluation and Refinement
Conclusion
Design Development
Introduction
Sustainability and Livability
Design Theory
Open Space
Circulation Systems
Buildings
Conclusion
Project Implementation
Introduction
Quality by Design
Construction Documentation
Contract Administration
Permitting and Approvals
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary
References
Index

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