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Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide To Green Building Outdoors 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1559636469
ISBN-10: 1559636467
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"This is a guide that provides inspiration and answers for the home- or land owner, as well as for the construction and landscape construction industries. It should be used by the public to request accountability. It is also so well written that, unexpectedly, it's also good bedtime reading."
(Pappus)


"Sustainable Landscape Construction is a highly useful resource to complement existing texts and puts forward a strong case for sustainable practices through economic, aesthetic and functional arguments."
(Landscape Design)


"One of the major strengths of this book is the application-oriented approach, providing examples of sustainability in existing projects."
(Landscape Journal)


"In the revised and updated second edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors, J. William Thompson, the editor of Landscape Architecture, and Kim Sorvig, who teaches at the University of New Mexico, lay out 10 principles for promoting sustainability in landscape architecture and design. They do this so thoughtfully that it's worthwhile reading for any design professional...The authors carefully distinguish their approach from conventional landscape design and tradition (premodern) practices, while drawing on both. And they don't fall into the trap of assuming that doing the same things with less impact will be sufficient...The book also includes a distinctive feature that anyone who has unwisely tried to search 'landscape' online will appreciate: The bibliography subject headings at the end of each chapter include a list of potentially useful Internet search terms."
(Planning)


"This book should be adopted into the curricula of landscape architecture programs and should be on the shelves of most practitioners, because it is indeed a guide to making the changes in thinking and practice necessary for a sustainable future."
(Landscape Architecture Magazine)
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

J. William Thompson is story editor for Landscape Architecture, the magazine

of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Kim Sorvig is a research assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, and co-author of the Sustainable Building Technical Manual, published by the U.S. Green Building Council.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559636467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559636469
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BanditoJose on April 21, 2008
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This book is very lengthy and full of information, but unlike typical textbooks, it is not overly 'heady' nor boring... Each chapter is quite long (50 pages approx.) and the words are quite small, yet you can sit there for four hours straight and still be interested in what is on the next page!? The only thing that would make this book better would probably be color pictures (there are a good amount of informative pictures, yet they are all black and white). Great book for anyone in the construction industry...very interesting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 4, 2009
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Comprehensive and up to date. It leaves no stone unturned. Despite the textbook style it is a pleasure to read. An excellent reference.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tech & Nature on September 14, 2009
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This field is changing very rapidly, so I think this text is due for an update. But if you know nothing about any of this, it's probably a good starting place.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2012
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I got this as a textbook for an internet class on sustainable landscape construction. It is well-written and easy to follow the author thought, even when he gets a little preachy. I was interested in the fact that out of five textbooks I had to have for this semester the only one I could not get as an e-book was sustainable landscape construction. Anyone notice the irony?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tanner on May 25, 2010
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First impressions of this title are poor.
The layout is very old-school. The Text is way too small, making reading for long periods very tiring.
The black and white photos are straight-out of a 1960's high school text book (figuratively speaking)
Overall, whilst the content may be up to date and accurate, the design is poor and the publishing standard low.
Colour photos in higher resolution and larger text (by at least another 2 points)would be a marked improvement.

A disappointment.
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