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