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Residential Landscape Architecture (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136126973
ISBN-10: 0136126979
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (August 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136126979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136126973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A supplementary web site to Foundations of Landscape Architecture is at: www.folaweb.com/

Norman K. Booth, FASLA is a registered landscape architect, photographer, outdoor enthusiast, and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught landscape architectural design and site planning courses for 31 and half years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is his belief that good landscape design is a hands-on craft that is founded on a thorough understanding of fundamental design principles and theories. His various writings have evolved directly from classroom lectures and studio teaching where comprehensible language accompanied by clear graphic illustrations and photographs where essential to communicating and learning landscape architectural design.

Residential Landscape Architecture (coauthored with James Hiss) is in its 6th edition (published April 2011) and features color graphics and photographs throughout the book. In addition, Chapter 6 (Site Measuring and Base Map Preparation) and Chapter 12 (Material Composition and Master Plan) have been extensively rewritten and illustrated to address current technologies, practices, and available materials. There a numerous other changes throughout the book.

Foundations of Landscape Architecture was published (November 2011) and is Booth's most recent work. The book is intended as an introductory text for landscape architecture though the practitioner will find numerous design examples and fundamental design principles to refresh one's approach to design. Information about the book can be found on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Foundations-of-Landscape-Architecture/281245038568463) or by the Look Inside feature here on Amazon.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Phenix1977 on October 28, 2009
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Full Disclaimer. I bought this book specifically for the purpose of trying to design my yard without having the to dish out the exhorbitant cost of having a professional landscaper feng shui my yard. I am not a college student (probably the intended audience) but felt that being a reasonably intelligent person, I would be able to use some basic concepts to create my own design.

I found that the book was pretty easy to follow and tied together some basic concepts related to design. It was certainly a useful tool but you must be prepared to read and learn. Again, as a new home owner with a blank slate of a yard, I would recommend going to nice areas around you and take some pictures of the more appealing landscapes and pay attention. Search around on the internet.

If you are more interested in more of a pictorial representation with some side notes or bullet points then this is not the book for you. This is a college level book intended for perspective landscape designers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Holland on December 8, 2008
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My rating is really 4 1/2 - the only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is that I wish the book contained color plates on using markers to color landscape designs, to go along with the extensive and very useful section on using colored pencils.

This is an invaluable reference work for the landscape designer. Highly recommended - worth the price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seth W. Hudson on August 5, 2009
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I wish I had this book two years when I was in school and working for a Landscape Design/Build firm. This book has already paid for itself and I've only had it little over a month. My designs are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Professor Booth writes in a straight-forward easy to follow manner. Very Comprehensive text !! Thanks Prof.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Loukinas on April 25, 2010
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I own a small landscape company and this book has helped me better my landscape designs and understand some of the basic principles of design.

I highly recommend this book if you are studying landscape design. Could see it being useful for a home owner also like someone else had reviewed. Most of the home owner books are packed with garbage about buying their plans etc.

This book offers no plans inside really but it does guide you on how to make your own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea J. Logan on July 12, 2008
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Very informative and usefull both for the beginer and experienced designer. It is a little high priced but worth it if you are in the design profession.
Mike
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