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Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Development
Author: Diana Balmori and Gaboury Benoit
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $65.65
ArchitectureWeek— This book offers a method — based on peer-reviewed scientific findings — for developing sites in harmony with natural processes. The method can be used in conjunction with LEED, EPA, and other guidelines; it features a rating scheme that weights each development and land use practice based on its environmental benefit and difficulty of implementation. The straightforward, step-by-step, illustrated system, which focuses on land rather than buildings, is accessible to nonexperts.

Natural Surfaces: Visual Research for Artists, Architects, and Designers
Author: Judy A. Juracek
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $61.72
ArchitectureWeek— 1200 high-quality color images of landscape and garden elements, in print and on CD-ROM; a photographic catalog of trees, flowers, grass, fruit, stone, water, and sky.

Gardening the Mediterranean Way
Author: Heidi Gildemeister
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $23.10
ArchitectureWeek— The author is an expert gardener and author of the widely praised Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach, shares her wealth of knowledge and shows us how to create a garden in Mediterranean-climate regions throughout the world. Her book presents 20 gardens that are illustrated with full-color photographs.

The Most Beautiful Gardens In The World
Author: Alain Le Toquin
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— In The Most Beautiful Gardens in the World photographer Alain Le Toquin celebrates the diversity of manmade landscapes, capturing 32 public and private gardens on five continents, including Majorelle in Morocco, the Versailles gardens outside Paris, the Keukenhof flower show park in The Netherlands, and the Huntington Gardens in California.

The Landscape Urbanism Reader
Author: Charles Waldheim
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, 21st-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism. These essays by top practitioners capture the origins, the contemporary milieu, and the aspirations of this relatively new field of landscape urbanism.

Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns
Author: Ann Forsyth and Laura Musacchio
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $54.73
ArchitectureWeek— Guidelines for building better parks by integrating design criteria with current social and natural science research. Key issues cover urban context, natural systems, and human interactions.

Grounds for Review: The Garden Festival in Urban Planning and Design
Author: Andrew Theokas
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $32.08
ArchitectureWeek— Theokas considers here fifteen garden festivals -- in Europe, England, and the United States--in all their dimensions. He examines the role they play in stimulating urban redevelopment, their effects on the practice of landscape architecture, and the contentious debates over their financing, purposes, and future prospects. This well illustrated volume will serve as a useful introduction to garden festivals for all those interested in urban planning, horticulture, and the future of cities.

OASE 64: Landscape and Mass Tourism
Author: Like Bijlsma, Terenja van Dijk, and Filip Geerts, editors
Publisher: NAi Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.00
ArchitectureWeek— This edition of OASE focuses on architecture's contribution to the structuring of mass tourism in the context of landscape. Architecture frames the landscape and regiments the flow of tourists. A variety of interventions and strategies are reviewed, from megastructures and infrastructure in ski resorts and Mediterranean holiday villages to nostalgic settlements in human-made miniature landscapes.

Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfields
Author: Deborah Gans and Claire Weisz, editors
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $54.26
ArchitectureWeek— How should urban and post-industrial sites (brownfields) best be rehabilitated to balance ecological and human needs? The book examines the conflict between the demands of ecology and development when reclaiming such sites for redevelopment, bringing together multiple viewpoints from different disciplines.

Modern Landscape
Author: Michael Spen
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $57.84
ArchitectureWeek— Study of landscape as an area of design in its historical and contemporary context and of how natural spaces are affected by building development.

Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
Author: Noel Kingsbury and Nigel Dennett
Publisher: Timber Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The latest on roof and wall greening techniques for the benefits of reducing pollution and run-off, insulating against heat and cold, and reducing the maintenance needs of buildings. Practical construction techniques and planting choices aid gardeners, architects, environmentalists, and home maintenance enthusiasts.

Mary Miss
Author: Mary Miss, Daniel M. Abramson, Eleanor Heartney, Joseph Giovannini, and Sandro Marpillero
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Environmental artist Mary Miss has worked in architecture, landscape architecture, and installation art, from New York, to the American Midwest, to Finland. Essays and photographs.

Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture: Defining the Craft
Author: Essay by Jane Brown Gillette
Publisher: D.A.P./ORO Editions
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— Best known as the firm chosen to work on the World Trade Center Memorial, the landscape architecture projects of Peter Walker and Partners vary both in scale and program: urban design and planning, corporate headquarters and university campuses, parks, plazas, museums, and gardens. This extensive monograph opens with a short essay about the organization and history of the office, the importance of apprenticeship in landscape architectural education, and the particular way that PWP artfully practices the craft of landscape architecture. It features nearly 300 images (with 3 gatefolds) of the firm’s work since 1997, including 16 built landscape projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Seven projects in progress include the American Embassy in Beijing, several university campuses, and the World Trade Center Memorial.

Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Pla
Author: Scott C. Scarfone
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $52.10
ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated book outlines principles of mixed-bed planting design: an architectural and horticultural art in which small trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals, and groundcover combine to create a sense of place. Topics include types of plantings, selecting plant characteristics, structuring and composing mixed beds, creating mixed palettes for seasonal variation, designing in elevation and plan view, and choosing plants.

Icons of Twentieth Century Landscape Design
Author: Katie Campbell
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ltd.
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $32.85
ArchitectureWeek— The 29 landscapes chosen for this book have changed the way we look at designed outdoor spaces. In the early 20th century, landscape architects tried to create a new style to reflect the modern age, combining industrial materials with avant-garde aesthetics. The author interprets these sites in terms of the radical ideas they represent.

Biopolis
Author: Volker Welter
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Analysis of the work of 19th century Scottish town planner and biologist Patrick Geddes. His theories of the city are still relevant to contemporary European debates about architecture and urbanism.

Garden History
Author: Tom Turner
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $41.30
ArchitectureWeek— This carefully structured overview makes the subject of garden history accessible. Highly illustrated to present and explain in a most appealing way the historic styles of gardens, with particular emphasis on the philosophy of garden design.

In A Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms
Author: Melba Levick and Gina Hyams
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— The featured properties include rustic coastal hideaways, elegant Spanish Colonial mansions, rural haciendas, and Modernist architectural masterpieces. Melba Levick's photographs capture bold Mexican design elements: mosaic floors, frescoes, hand-carved stone fountains, and native plants. Gina Hyams' text explains the historic roots of these uniquely Mexican outdoor spaces. Melba Levick has published more than 40 photography books on travel, architecture, and design.

Aesthetics of Ecology: Art in Environmental Design: Theory and Practice
Author: Heike Strelow and Vera David, editors
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $36.46
ArchitectureWeek— Seventeen authors discuss ecological and artistic approaches to designing our environment: whether to conserve or to intervene, to rely on natural order or apply human-made means, and whether to lend nature a romantic or a technocratic appearance.

Outdoor Style: The Essence of Southwest Living
Author: Suzanne Pickett Martinson
Publisher: Northland Publishing
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated exploration of southwest-themed back yards, patios, and other residential landscapes.

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight
Author: John S. Reynolds
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $76.00
ArchitectureWeek— A multifaceted and beautifully illustrated look at courtyards, from their origins and history to thermal design benefits and planting guidelines.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: Allegheny River Park
Author: Jane Amidon, editor
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— As part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's efforts to restore its downtown district and riverfront, noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, along with artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, developed an ambitious plan to reform the wasted land along the river into an urban refuge. This book celebrates the collaboration between landscape architect and artists in producing a thoughtful, useful, and beautiful park that has successfully renewed the city's core.

Landscapes at Risk
Author: Edward Holdaway and Gerald Smart
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $97.41
ArchitectureWeek— Covers the history and development of "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty" in England and Wales, focusing on the evolution of policies towards them, their administration, and their future.

Midwestern Landscape Architecture
Author: William H. Tishler
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated profile of the bold innovators in landscape architecture who, around the turn of the 20th century, ventured into the nation's heartland to develop a new style of design, celebrating the native Midwestern landscape.

Creative Garden Lighting
Author: Michele Osborne
Publisher: Timber Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $25.51
ArchitectureWeek— Lighting design ideas to help enhance the look of your garden and extend the time you can enjoy outdoors. Contemporary lighting schemes for garden rooms, patios, pool areas, decking, pathways, roof gardens, and architectural features.

A Garden Gallery: The Plants, Art, and Hardscape of Little and Lewis
Author: George Little and David Lewis
Publisher: Timber Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Celebrated artists and gardeners George Little and David Lewis share their enthusiasm and craft that have shaped their Puget Sound garden filled with plants, water features, and sculptures. The book ranges from practical advice on how to make a slow-drip natural fountain to conceptual discussions on laying out borders.

Golf Greens: History, Design, and Construction
Author: Michael J. Hurdzan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $79.52
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated resource — construction methods, turfgrass selection, legal considerations — for golf course architects, superintendents, irrigation specialists, turfgrass specialists, golf course owners and builders, real estate developers, and landscape architects. Features photos of old and new greens, those under construction, and newly finished greens.

The Essential Garden Design Workbook
Author: Rosemary Alexander
Publisher: Timber Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— A step-by-step guide to the challenging art of designing a garden from site assessment, through to drawing up plans, to selecting suitable hard landscaping and plants. Practical tips on measuring large spaces, estimating the height of a tree, establishing the proportions for a deck, and more.

Applied Turfgrass Science and Physiology
Author: Jack Fry and Bingru Huang
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $82.82
ArchitectureWeek— An overview of the physiology of turfgrass (used on golf courses), with information on mowing, irrigation, fertilization, soil aerification, vertical mowing, and plant growth regulators.

Site Engineering for Landscape Architects
Author: Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, and Jake Woland
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $90.00
ArchitectureWeek— Fourth edition of a guide to site engineering terms, concepts, and procedures that supplies landscape architects in training with the technical know-how needed to transform design ideas into sites that are physically sound and environmentally sensitive.

Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture
Author: Niall Kirkwood
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $85.00
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to building landscapes and selecting materials that withstand weathering, with a focus on a range of seen and unforeseen forces that will shape the built landscape over time. Case studies, data, and commentary.

Trees in the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment, Design, and Installation
Author: Peter Trowbridge and Nina Bassuk
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $71.45
ArchitectureWeek— A reference book for the complex issues of the greening of cities, from design conceptualization to daily maintenance of trees. Includes case studies, technical specifications, site assessment techniques, and plant selection guidance.

Wood in the Landscape: A Practical Guide to Specification and Design
Author: Daniel Winterbottom
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $95.00
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive, illustrated guide to building with wood for landscape architects. Includes specifics on materials, design options, and construction techniques.

Building Within Nature: A Guide For Home Owners, Contractors, And Architects
Author: Andy Wasowski and Sally Wasowski
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $24.95
ArchitectureWeek— Every year, thousands of acres of woodlands, deserts, meadowlands, and coastal scrub are turned into housing or commercial sites, scraped bare during construction of the very features that attracted buyers in the first place. This book presents techniques for preserving the natural land on which we build, stressing natural landscapes filled with native flora that survive on rainfall alone. A structure built within nature looks as if it has been gently set down into a mature and established landscape, the easiest kind of landscape to maintain.

The French Country Garden
Author: Louisa Jones
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Inc.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of the diversity of the modern French country garden. The book is filled with beautiful photographs by Jo‘lle Caroline Mayer and Gilles Le Scanff. 236 color illustrations. 176 pages.

Soil Design Protocols for Landscape Architects and Contractors
Author: Timothy A. Craul and Phillip J. Craul
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $75.39
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to ensuring the longevity of fragile natural soils used in landscape projects. Drawing on their experience in soils, forestry, micrometeorology, geomorphology, and agronomy, authors present an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of planting soils and describe the role of the landscape architect and contractor. Special sections on rooftops, wetlands, and pervious poured concrete.

Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History
Author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $47.25
ArchitectureWeek— A history of human-formed landscapes from stone circles and ziggurats to today's suburbs and theme parks.

Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards
Author: Leonard J. Hopper, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $188.00
ArchitectureWeek— A new addition to the venerable family of Graphic Standards volumes is for those involved in landscape architecture, design, and construction. Expected to become the "bible" for the landscape field, it provides immediate access to rules-of-thumb and standards used throughout the planning, design, construction, and management of landscapes.

Landscape Design Documentation: Strategies for Plan Checking and Quality Control
Author: Brian T. McDonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $78.94
ArchitectureWeek— This practical guide to the business side of landscape design helps minimize errors and improve both productivity and profits. It includes detailed plan checking, quality control information, case studies, and tools for every aspect of the business, including company structure, design process, data collection, construction, and closeout. CD-ROM included.

Modern Family Gardens
Author: Caroline Tilston
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— Showcase of 29 stylish gardens that have been designed for both children and adults, with spaces conducive to family life. Inventive design and planting ideas for scales from tiny urban yards to large country gardens, with photography of the overall gardens, design detail drawings, and a resource guide for furniture and materials.

Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscape Architecture
Author: Marc Treib
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $52.95
ArchitectureWeek— Settings and Stray Paths focuses on the designed landscape, including gardens, cemeteries, plazas and other forms, both historical and contemporary, from North America, Europe and Asia.

Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home
Author: Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— Illustrates how to design a landscape that is as well thought out as a house's interior. Includes design concepts for: pathways in your gardens, how to make the most of your site, and how to use details to bring it all together.

Modern Garden Design
Author: Janet Waymark
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— From Europe to South America, from Japan to the United States, this varied survey covers the work of garden and landscape designers whose names are familiar to scholars of the modern garden, including Robinson, Jekyll, Jensen, Farrand, Sessions, Mawson, Church, Sřrensen, and Jellicoe.

Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement: Reality and Imagination
Author: Judith B. Tankard
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $32.34
ArchitectureWeek— This book features the gardens of Edwin Lutyens, C.F.A. Voysey, Gertrude Jekyll, Ellen Shipman, Charles and Henry Greene, and other Arts and Crafts designers, who created some of the loveliest manmade landscapes we have today. Author Judith B. Tankard, a noted garden historian, brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of original research to her subject. Illustrated with period watercolors, drawings and new photographs and garden plans made especially for this publication

Garden Design
Author: Patricia Perez Rumpler
Publisher: te Neues Publishing Company
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated survey of the domestic landscape through patios, terraces and gardens from all over the world. An introduction to the ideas that have inspired the design of the modern garden.

Landscrapers: Building With the Land
Author: Aaron Betsky
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.95
ArchitectureWeek— Aaron Betsky considers our historical preoccupation with communing with the land through building. He then explores the ways in which geotecture responds to, becomes a part of, and yet remains distinctive within our natural landscape.With the subtext of our planetŐs power and beauty, Landscrapers reveals some of the most important, influential, and appealing building forms for today and the future. Aaron Betsky is director of the internationally acclaimed Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. His previous publications include critical studies of Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind.

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