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Site Planning, Third Edition Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0262121064 ISBN-10: 0262121069 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 3rd edition (March 13, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262121069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262121064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews of earlier editions of Site Planning noted that: "Whether he is discussing esthetics or pipe sizes, Lynch's writing, conditioned by experience with students, is remarkably clear; but because he is dealing with visual form and spatial relationships, he reassures the reader with hundreds of lucid thumbnail sketches in the margins beside the text; the effect is not unlike an animated film accompaniment." Journal of Architectural Education



Reviews of earlier editions of Site Planning noted: "Whether he is discussing esthetics or pipe sizes, Lynch's writing, conditioned by experience with students, is remarkably clear; but because he is dealing with visual form and spatial relationships, he reassures the reader with hundreds of lucid thumbnail sketches in the margins beside the text; the effect is not unlike an animated film accompaniment." Journal of Architectural Education

About the Author

Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and later obtained a Bachelor of City Planning degree from MIT. After a long and distinguished career on the faculty of the MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning, he was named Professor Emeritus of City Planning.

Gary Hack is Head of the Department of Urban Studies and planning at MIT.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pagancat on November 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm amazed that people didn't like this book more... I am also a Land Arch student who had it as an assigned book that was rarely actually assigned. I was thumbing through it in hopes of generating ideas for another class and was amazed at the amount of usable information it contained. Perhaps it is better digested in chunks instead of the whole. I found it great as a reference book.
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By Lauren Powers on March 31, 2014
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It only got a "love it" cause I passed, but this book was in the condition as described and the content helped me pass the Site Planning exam of the Architectural Registration Exams.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book is much weaker than Lynch's classical piece "The Image of the City". Text sometimes gets dull and too dry, like in many of reference books. In fact, the "referential" quality of "Site Planning" is the only positive feature of the book. When authors pursue the singular goal to create a comprehensive textbook, the liveness of arguments suffers a lot. The book becomes rather a dull close-minded disengaged preaching that requires a lot of effort on the side of a reader to understand and utilize it.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It was the best book I have ever read. I recommend to people who are involved, or want to be involved in the field of landscape architecture.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By brugs on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being a new student of a landscape architecture program, this was a required textbook for one of my classes. After reading between the lines and through the wordiness of the book, I finally understood the point the author was making and found the point interesting. It took a couple of times to finally understand what he was saying, but it was interesting once I understood it. It was on the dry side.
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