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Site Engineering for Landscape Architects Hardcover – April 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470138144 ISBN-10: 0470138149 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470138149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470138144
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A user-friendly guide to site engineering terms, concepts, and procedures Like its celebrated predecessors, this updated Third Edition of the classic work in the field serves three very important functions: It supplies landscape architects in training with the technical know-how needed to transform their design ideas into sites that are physically sound and environmentally sensitive. It arms them with a set of technical and ethical principles upon which to base their aesthetic choices. And it provides practicing site planners and architects with a valuable, single-source reference to current site engineering trends, practices, and regulations. Steven Strom and Kurt Nathan draw upon their extensive experience, both in the classroom and the field, to provide an integrated presentation of site engineering concepts relevant to the practice of landscape architecture. From interpreting landform and contour lines to designing horizontal and vertical road alignments, from construction sequencing to designing storm water management systems, they cover all the bases in a progressive format, designed to make it easier than ever for students to quickly master the terminology, principles, and practices involved in environmentally sound site engineering. They also include many real-world examples and skill-building exercises that further assist in reducing the learning curve. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The late Steven Strom, Fasla, was Associate Professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Kurt Nathan, Ms, Pe, is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers, The State Uni?versity of New Jersey, and was formerly a consulting engineer for Conservation Engineering.

Jake Woland, Asla, is a landscape architect with Hewitt in Seattle, Washington.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PJKW on November 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Puchased this text to help review for the LARE exam. The text has all of the necessary information but is not layed out well. Illustrations are not located on pages where they are referenced in the text making it so that you have to flip back and forth across several pages to understand the text in relation to the examples.
The larger problem with the book is that the answers to Exercises are not given. You will have no way to determine if you are completing the problems correctly or not. The only way to find out will be to have them reviewed by another Landscape Architect or Engineer.
The text functions well as a reference for Landscape Architects to review formulas or storm water calculation techniques but if you are trying to use it for developing skills or for exam preperation I would not recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on April 24, 2008
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I am a first-year BLA student, and this text is required for an introductory course in site grading and drainage. This book is very difficult for me to read and understand. Descriptions of calculations are very poorly presented in paragraph narrative, which is mind-numbing to read and comprehend. If the calculations were presented in a step-by-step format, like a math text, they would be dramatically more clear and understandable. I agree with a previous reviewer, as well, that the layout is dysfunctional because the text and corresponding graphics are not on facing pages. This problem is particularly annoying, considering that landscape architecture is a design profession that emphasizes legibility in graphics and presentation material. I would welcome anyone's recommendations for a text that explains this subject in a more helpful way.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2001
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I am taking a class in site engineering. This book has helped me tremendously in a difficult study such as this. I would recommend this book highly. It is easy to read and understand, and the author has an extensive understanding of the subject matter. a must for all students of landscape architecture!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on April 28, 2009
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Abysmal instructions...
This book seems to assume the reader is already a trained landscape architects reviewing for the LARE exam.
This textbook manages to take rather simple theories and turn them into Quantum physics by the virtue of jargon, verbose explanations, dismal graphics, - and get this: They are No answers to the exercises in this book.
The authors are undoubtedly very knowledgeable regarding Site engineering, but either clueless or indifferent to techniques of effective instruction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anton Garcia, PE on April 20, 2004
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I was a bit tentative when I started to use this text. The book has some minor editing problems, but if your desire is to really understand site design with an emphasis on drainage and grading plan design this text does the trick and does it well. I would recommend this book to any Jr. land development designer/engineer as a must have reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on October 3, 2008
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I bought this book to help me better understand how to do grading, evaluate contours, etc. All well and good. I begin doing the problems at the end of a chapter, and there is no answer key anywhere in the book. Can't find any reference to answers anywhere.

I would have rated the book higher but for this little issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agabus on March 22, 2012
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Only read a little bit of it for a site engineering class, but what I read seemed pretty good. Stuff about calculating slopes, interpolating contours, all kinds of grading stuff. For a method of interpolating contours from a grid of given spot elevations, it shows a more complicated, algebraic way, and a really simple way as well.
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This was a text book from a very difficult class to get through; the text didn't make it any easier. Very technical focus, as site engineering is of course. I did like the examples and found them helpful of successful site design solutions.The older edition, I understand, uses a larger format so if it's illustrations you want, I'd recommend finding that version.
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