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Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture Hardcover – November 22, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0070170278 ISBN-10: 0070170274 Edition: 2nd

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The site design and construction reference of the design professions. Newly designed and containing 40 percent completely new content, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, continues to be the most complete source of site construction standards and data for the design and planning professions and related academic disciplines. It maintains and enhances its emphasis on promoting environmentally suitable techniques, processes, and materials aimed at mitigating the impact of construction intervention. This essential and comprehensive Second Edition not only covers the major changes that have occurred in the last decade, it also serves as a framework for future trends. It is fully metric, to meet Federal and International requirements, with expanded coverage of handicapped access and human dimensional standards. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, features increased coverage of: site storm water ``best management'' practices; new urban tree planting and xeriscape concepts; earth retaining structures and pavement design; land reclamation, including soil and vegetation restoration; metric site layout practices, including recreation facilities; energy and resource conservation; natural proceseses and site construction proceduers; new expanded construction details; simplified construction materials data. In the time honored tradition of Time-Saver Standards, this Second Edition combines the expertise of over 200 design professionals to create a working resource for all who plan, design, manage, and build human landscapes. Over 50 sections provide concise tables, checklists, ``Key Point'' text summaries, and illustrations to provide an invaluable information resource for offices and classrooms throughout the world.

About the Author

Charles Ward Harris, FASLA is a professor of landscape architecture emeritus at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. During his over 30 years of teaching at Harvard he was the Chairman of his Department for ten years and for seven years Director of the LA Research Office. His teaching and research activities covered a wide range of topics: regional landscape planning and design, land and project development, landscape construction and site engineering, and design education.

Before, during, and since his many years of academic teaching, administration, and research he worked in the professional offices of such well-known landscape architects as John and Philip Simonds, Hideo Sasaki and Peter Walker, Richard Dober, and Lawrence Walquist. In addition he worked for two and a half years with The Architect's Collaborative on the planning of a new campus for the University of Baghdad. Walter Gropious was the senior principle in charge. His professional work has spanned campus planning and design, personal rapid transit (PRT) system planning and design, housing and large scale of land development in the US, the Middle East, and North and Central America. In all of his past and present teaching and professional activities he has sought collaborative opportunities to bring together people to work on projects that are socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, economically sound, and aesthetically pleasing. He holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Illinois: one in landscape architecture and one in landscape operations (construction and contracting). He also has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. His home is in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Nicholas T. Dines, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and serves as graduate MLA program director at the University of Massachusetts where for over 28 years he has taught courses in site engineering, structures, design studio, design drawing, design theory, and professional practice. He is the author of two other McGraw-Hill publications, Landscape Perspective Drawing, and the recently released, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Construction Details CD.He has over 32 years of professional experience, including a 10-year period of work on residential and recreational design projects in Greece. He currently is conducting research in multi-media applications to both professional and academic design and planning practices, with a special focus on site construction and sustainable design. He has a bachelors degree from Michigan State University, and an MLA degree from Harvard University. His home is in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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This book should be in every Landscape Architect's libarary.
L. Richardson
If you're trying to decide which one to buy, definitely get Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards instead.
AcornMan
Fantastic detailed drawings with standard practice for graphic technique.
Brian Ashworth

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W K on July 15, 2006
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As a practicing L.A., I have bought several McGraw-Hill Construction Books. I get a similar result each time: They seem on first look to fulfill the promise, but I found they don't well serve the need in real life. I get far better use out of Architectural Graphic Standards, and I'm looking forward to Wiley's Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AcornMan on May 5, 2007
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I have always found this book to be cumbersome, difficult to navigate, poorly organized, and lacking in sufficient detail. But of course for years it was basically the only game in town, so everyone relied on it. Those days are over. I recently purchased Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards, and it is an outstanding book. If you're trying to decide which one to buy, definitely get Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards instead. And even if you already own Time-Saver Standards, do yourself a huge favor and buy Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards anyway. It covers everything that Time-Saver Standards does plus numerous other topics, all with much better explanations and details. To top things off, it has FAR more graphics and the entire book is better organized an easier to navigate than Time-Saver Standards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B Rad 16 on July 23, 2013
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Good book but it takes a bit to learn how to use it. It can be overwhelming at first but just break it down into pieces and it becomes easier to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Knight on May 17, 2013
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I will use it and have already done so.
Good to have this newer version.
I used it for college.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ashworth on April 28, 2010
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Fantastic detailed drawings with standard practice for graphic technique. Includes a wide variety of information but goes in depth with each one as the book is almost a thousand pages. Would certainly recommend.
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By Ann on February 21, 2013
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This is a great learning tool for Landscape Architects. I have been using it for studying sections of the LARE.
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By Ebru Ozer on December 27, 2011
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Very valuable source book with tons of low quality graphics. It is also very heavy to carry around. Good for your library.
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By Laura Michelle on December 23, 2009
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The Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture is large and heavy; however, it provides an overview of Landscape Architectural standards. I purchased mine as a LA student for class, which I believe to be where the book is best suited as a reference and introduction to the profession demonstrationing how plant and hardscape details are created, design and construction process of a landscape design, and description of design elements (paving, water, light, vegetation, ect). I've found the book helpful with my studying for the LARE (Landscape Architectural Registration Exam) as well.
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