Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors |
by J. William Thompson (Author), Kim Sorvig (Author)
Published at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sustainable Landscape
Construction took a new approach to what was then a nearly new subject: how to
construct outdoor environments based on principles of sustainability. This
enormously influential book helped to spur a movement that has taken root around
the U.S. and throughout the world. The second edition has been thoroughly
updated to include the most important developments in this landscape revolution,
along with the latest scientific research in the field. It has been expanded to
provide even more ideas for designing, building, and maintaining environmentally
sensitive landscapes. It is essential reading for everyone with an interest in
“green” landscape design.
Like its predecessor, the new edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction is
organized around principles that reflect the authors’ desire to put
environmental ethics into practice. Each chapter focuses on one over-arching
idea. These principles of sustainability are clearly articulated and are
developed through specific examples. More than 100 projects from around the
globe are described and illustrated. A new chapter details ways in which
landscape architectural practice must respond to the dangers posed by fire,
floods, drought, extreme storms, and climate change.
Sustainable Landscape Construction is a crucial complement to basic landscape
construction texts, and is a one-of-a-kind reference for professionals,
students, and concerned citizens.
About the Author
J. William Thompson is 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.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (November 13, 2007)