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Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471797982
ISBN-10: 0471797987
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"This book fills a niche as an introductory text for site designers and land use planners." ("APA Journal," Spring 2002)

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The complete guide to site analysis—for better plans and better projects

Context-sensitive site planning leads to better development proposals and, ultimately, to higher quality built environments. By responding to inherent site opportunities and constraints, context-sensitive development—and redevelopment—creates attractive and pedestrian-friendly places to live, work, and play.

The expanded and extensively revised new edition, Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design retains the earlier edition's emphasis on the site-planning process. With several project case studies from leading design firms and more than 180 illustrations, the Second Edition ref lects the state of the art in sustainable land planning and site design. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Site selection and programming

  • Mapping of physical, biological, and cultural attributes

  • Site suitability analysis

  • Conceptual design

  • Design development

  • Feasibility studies

  • Site plan review

Whether you are a student, a practitioner studying for a licensing exam, or a member of a local board or commission that reviews land development proposals, Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design will help you better understand the linkages between existing site and contextual conditions—and the sustainable design of the built environment.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471797987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471797982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Good Books Only Please on January 31, 2012
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This book contained a lot of information. On its own, the book was great, but not very helpful if you are using it for the LARE. It was listed on CLARB's website as a source for study material. I was able to find the information in the book elsewhere (Time savers & Graphic standards), so it was not helpful in that way.

I am confused as to why CLARB felt that another book ($$$) recommendation was needed.

Still, nothing against this book. It is good, but not for the LARE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GB on August 15, 2014
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Great book. This should be one of the first books new Landscape Architecture (or engineering or architecture) students should read. In my opinion, you need to know almost everything about your site and the surrounding areas in order to execute the intended program.
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I bought this a while back and just never got around to reading it. Then the new edition came out. :( I'm studying for the LARE and this book is on the recommended reading list. I'm not sure how helpful it will be for that - other reviewers have said it's not really helpful for the exam. BUT if you are unclear on site inventory, analysis, conceptual design, and the general progression of the design process, this is an excellent book. It describes, in detail, a process-oriented approach. It discusses the activities separately so you can critically think about each one and then, in subsequent chapters, walks you through how to integrate, synthesize, and apply your analysis in conceptual design and design development. There are lots of great graphics to inspire those of us that prefer to visually communicate in less 'avant garde' styles, but don't expect any lessons on graphic representation. For that, I suggest "Drawing Plan Graphics on the Computer", which is a digital download in 3 parts available here on Amazon. I highly recommend this book. I'm not sure what has changed in the new edition, but if you see this one on sale, pick it up.
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By Jack P. Marshall on July 3, 2012
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The book was for school, find it very informative, I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested in sustainability and works with many stakeholders.
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By Shane Dalton on December 4, 2013
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Good book anyone doing site analysis before a project should look at this book. It goes step by step to help you
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