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Detailing for Landscape Architects: Aesthetics, Function, Constructibility Paperback – February 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470548783 ISBN-10: 0470548789 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470548789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470548783
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This eminently readable, profusely illustrated book is obviously designed as a professional reference, but its effect is more like consulting with a passionate expert than merely receiving a listing of standard recommendations. This pattern-based approach, in lieu of a mechanical categorization based on materials (wood, metal, stone) or application (paving, walls, canopies), focuses on conveying general principles, as well as specific details, across a range of conditions, which is impressive. This emphasis on aesthetics — and not just visual, but aesthetics that appreciate elegance, simplicity, and timeless details — permeates the book, and is part of what lifts it above other catalogs of technique." (Landscape Architecture Magazine, Oct 2011)

About the Author

Tom R. Ryan, FASLA, is Principal of Ryan Associates, Landscape Architecture and Planning. He has more than thirty years of experience as a practicing landscape architect, and has taught in the landscape architecture departments at the University of Pennsylvania, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at other institutions across the United States over the past thirty years. He is also the best-selling coauthor of Fundamentals of Building Construction and The Architect's Studio Companion (both with Joseph Iano), Form and Forces (with Waclaw Zalewski), and Architectural Detailing (with Patrick Rand), all published by Wiley.

Patrick Rand, FAIA, is a Professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University, where he teaches design studios, construction systems courses, and detailing seminars. He is coauthor of Architectural Detailing along with Edward Allen.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OLD VT LAR PROF on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Beginning and Beginning-Intermediate landscape architecture students seem to suffer (in varying degrees) in three areas. They often tend to see design as 'putting things' in space rather than understanding basic principles of order, form and potential meaning. In addition, many of them have never built anything - and specifically not anything in the landscape. And, of course, they have a shallow well of experience in the designed landscape to draw from when 'in-forming' their own work. Thus, there is a tendency for young designers to fixate on a superficial and objective image of a thing. Showering students with a barrage of 'good examples' has some benefit in deepening the well. But, without also supply frameworks for examining and evaluating what they see, many students will remain stuck in the world of 'Taco Bell' architecture.

This book describes basic principles that must be considered in the creation of landscape construction details. These principles are illustrated with clear and simple hand drawn details (unfortunately a dying art.) The clear presentation of process and principles coupled with illustrations that place the emphasis on issues rather than on things make this a solid introductory text. I can foresee using this text as a basis for teaching students to critique 'canned' details. Or, as a way of exploring why certain things look exactly like they do.

If you are looking for reference material (e.g. detailed calculations of retaining walls, or strength charts for treated lumber) look elsewhere. Do the same if you want color photos of products from the ASLA Expo. If you are interested in how to think about designing details, start here for a direct and unencumbered introduction.
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By AJ on April 9, 2014
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Really helped me while studying for the LARE. Also refreshed me after being out of school for several years. I recommend for the Landscape Architect's office library.
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