From the Back Cover
The new edition of this modern classic by author John Simonds takes contemporary landscape architectural theory and puts it straight to work. In the schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning, the book has established itself over the years as the finest single source of ideas and information on:
* The fundamentals of landscape and environmental planning
* Nature as the all-embracing framework
* Topography and earth modeling
* Treatment of wetlands, waterways, and waterbodies
* Design response to climate and weather
* Guidelines to site selection and analysis
* The site planning/development process
* Site systems
* Design treatment of views and viewing
* Pedestrian and vehicular trafficways
* Growth management and the preclusion of urban sprawl
* The integration of dwellings and gardens
* Helpful ideas on walls, paving, decks, signage, lighting, pools, fountains, and outdoor furnishings
* Neighborhoods and communities
* The revitalization of suburbs, towns, and cities
* Historic prevervation and dynamic conservation
* Land restoration and reclamation
* Outdoor living and recreation
Landscape architects, architects, and all those involved with the shaping of our living environment will find in this book a systematic approach to the creation of more usable, efficient, and attractive outdoor ways and places. Completely revised and up-dated, this colorful edition includes hundreds of "teaching diagrams," plans, photographs and a new graphic display of current "best of show" examples. Simply put—it is the best one-volume course ever written on land planning and landscape design.
About the Author
In a long and distinguished career he has served for 15 years on the architectural faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, written several best-selling books and numerous articles. His firm, Environmental Planning and Design (EPD) of Pittsburgh, of which he is now partner emeritus, has served as planner of record for more than eighty planned communities and four new towns. Among the many awards won by the firm are those for the Chicago Botanic Garden, Pelican Bay in Florida, and a state environment action plan for the Virginia General Assembly.
Mr. Simonds is a past President and Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, which awarded him its highest honor, the ASLA medal. He was a member of the President’s Task Force on the Environment and the Florida Governor’s Task Force on Natural Resources, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Design, Great Britain.