Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

Author(s): Bruce K. Ferguson

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 13, 1998)

ISBN: 047116528X

ISBN-13: 978-0471165286

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This professional reference tool combines basic concepts of hydrology with the latest applications for landscape architecture and site engineering–including effective, eco-friendly, and people-friendly design methods for:
* Wetlands construction
* Groundwater recharge
* Infiltration
* Porous pavements
* Stream restoration
* Water harvesting

Stormwater management is an essential component of all landscape architecture and site engineering projects. Introduction to Stormwater helps solve environmental problems that arise in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating the built environment.

This useful guide is of singular importance to landscape architects, civil engineers, architects, wetlands scientists, and other environmental professionals who must comply with ever-changing government regulations. Concepts such as drainage, runoff quality, and drought control are presented in an easy-to-learn, nontechnical format, using case studies drawn from all regions of the United States. Over 200 charts, tables, photographs, and examples aid in conceptualization and calculations. Each chapter contains exercises to ensure that the user acquires applied skills essential to professional licensure exams and practice in the field, as well as information on related software.

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Stormwater management is a growing concern for landscape architects and related professionals–most urban development projects now require some type of stormwater management to comply with local, state, or federal regulations. This book gives designers and others involved in these projects the fundamental concepts of stormwater management from the local to the regional scale.


Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Author(s): John Reynolds

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 15, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0471398845

ISBN-13: 978-0471398844
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Courtyards are special areas that allow the inside and outside to mingle; where rain, wind, daylight, darkness and sound can be showcased. Simply, they are niches of beauty and solace. Since at least 3000 B.C., courtyards have been incorporated into the architecture of the day as a significant part of the physical and cultural landscape. Today, the courtyard continues to be an evolving and popular aspect of design through which landscapers and designers can create privacy amidst increased property development.

Most people have seen the beauty of a courtyard or have experienced its social benefits, but very few studies have shown how successful courtyards are at cooling. Reynolds career-long interest in energy use, especially solar energy, is on display in the chapter on climate and comfort. Here and throughout the book, he addresses energy issues in both quality and quantity.

Courtyards presents a survey of courtyards, contemporary design guidelines and a diverse selection of examples. You will acquire a basic understanding of the balance that must exist between garden and building, including practical advice for planting.

Part One presents the characteristics of courtyards, including classifications, plants, orientation, exposure, materials and changes over time. Part Two offers a tour of some particular courtyards in Spain and Mexico, including details on thermal performance and responses to the urban environment. This section is generously supplemented with 50 color photographs. Part Three presents design guidelines, including day-night temperature ranges, zoning regulations, proportions and innovative proposals incorporating driveways and uses of rainwater.

John Reynolds is a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Oregon. He has been actively involved in the American Solar Energy Society for many years and served as its president.

242 pages, 2002

Ecological Design and Planning (Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design)

Ecological Design and Planning (Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design)

Author(s): George F. Thompson (Editor), Frederick R. Steiner (Editor)

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471156140

ISBN-13: 978-0471156147

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Ecological Design and Planning (Wiley Series in Sustainable Design)

Publication date: March 1997

Card catalog description
The common thread that runs through these essays is the authors’ conviction that the growing rift in landscape design – ecology vs. aesthetics – is an artificial one. Each author expresses abiding concern for the ecological preservation and enhancement of the site, while demonstrating clearly – with both words and pictures – that the best designs are those that harmonize aesthetic form and ecological function. Ecological Design and Planning is a source of ideas and inspiration for landscape architects and planners, architects, and all those who understand the importance of designing with nature.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons:
This collection of essays on ecological landscape design and planning stresses the preservation and enhancement of the site’s ecological function. It discusses a central issue of the field–the incorporation of ecological principles into landscape design and planning. It addresses the growing rift in landscape design–ecology vs. aesthetics–is an artificial one. Each author expresses abiding concern for the ecological perservation and enhancement of the site, while demonstrating clearly–with both words and pictures–that the best designs are those that harmonize aesthetic form and ecological function.

Table of Contents

  • Landscape Ecological Planning (F Ndubisi)
  • The Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture (E Meyer)
  • Ecology and Landscape as Agents of Creativity (J Corner)
  • Landscape Design and Nature (L Olin)


  • Landscape Architecture and the Changing City (M Laurie)
  • Ecology and the Urban Aesthetic (M Johnson)
  • Bioregional Planning and Ecosystem Protection (C Reiniger)
  • Signature-Based Landscape Design (J Woodward)


  • Beyond Stewardship Toward Partnership (SSchauman)
  • Fostering Living Landscapes (C Franklin)
  • Images of an Ideal Landscape and the Consequences for Design and Planning (M Vroom)
  • Ecology and Design (I McHarg)


Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Author(s): Landt

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0811811646

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Behind Adobe Walls : The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos

Paperback, 144 pages
Publication date: June 1997
Once upon a time these New Mexico towns were rough-and-tumble settlements peopled by drifters and dreamers. Sante Fe and Taos are still very much a cultural rendezvous, but far removed from their humble beginnings; Sante Fe has lately become known as the Beverly Hills of the Southwestern U.S. Among its full-time residents are the Dennises, the husband and wife author-photographer team who host this tour of their neighbors’ private homes. The owners and designers weigh in with their own words about creating these eclectic sanctuaries, making it a very personal tour.

Customer Comments – Seattle wa USA , 10/24/97, rating=8:
Colorful presentation of some of the most colorful homes in the Santa Fe and Taos area, inspirational for those of use who love the Southwest in all its forms

Outdoor Lighting Pattern Book

Outdoor Lighting Pattern BookAuthor(s): Leslie, Rodgers, Lighting Research Center

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (November 1, 1996)

Hardcover: 208 pages

ISBN: 0070371881

ISBN-13: 978-0070371880

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Using a series of “patterns” or model lighting designs, this book presents several lighting possibilities for typical situations. It addresses residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and public spaces, including walkways, alleys, quick-stop shopping, pedestrian malls, business districts, office parks, parking garages, loading docks, school yards, playgrounds, public parks, and areas adjoining apartment buildings. For each setting, the book first illustrates the commonly used lighting treatment and then offers several options for upgrading or redesigning the lighting. This book complements the Lighting Pattern Book for Homes and is also written by the faculty of the Lighting Research Center. 218 pages, 1996

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable LandscapeAuthor(s): Craig Campbell and Michael Ogden

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 22, 1999)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 0471107204

ISBN-13: 978-0471107200

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Constructed wetlands are gaining worldwide acceptance as effective, low-cost and low-impact alternatives to unsightly, high-impact wastewater treatment facilities. The creative involvement of today’s planners, landscape architects, developers, environmental engineers and public officials is helping to maximize the potential of these wetland habitats — from their aesthetics to their multiple uses as water treatment plants, wildlife refuges and recreational or educational facilities. Yet, to date, the literature has paid no attention to these aspects, focusing instead on the technical side of wetlands construction and function.

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is the first book to integrate aesthetic design and planning issues with the technical aspects of wetlands engineering. Renowned landscape architect Craig S. Campbell and engineer Michael H. Ogden clearly demonstrate how the successful development and management of multifunctional, sustainable wetland habitats depend on harnessing the knowledge and working principles of a number of disciplines. Richly illustrated with real-world case studies, the book:


  • Covers the concept of sustainable development and the nature of wetland processes.
  • Discusses designs for new and existing municipal and small community wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Offers calculations for designing surface and subsurface flow wetlands.
  • Provides guidance for construction and operation.
  • Contains examples of on-site planning for, and management of, stormwater renovation, single-family residential systems and multiple-use systems.
  • Examines landscape engineering and planning for ponds, urban wildlife, and ecological art.

Clearly written and accessible to nonengineers and nonscientists, Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is a crucial guide for landscape architects, environmental engineers, planners, developers and government officials.


“This book is a valuable resource to be consulted in the early planning stages of a wetland construction project, particularly where aesthetics and social acceptance are important factors.” (Theodore J. Hogan: Environmental Practice 3(1), March, 2001)”This book addresses a broad audience: water and environmental engineers, planners, landscape architects, developers and public officials responsible for planning and environment protection. Written in a clear way, it is accessible to a wider audience than engineers and scientists, and can be a useful compliment in studying. Indeed, anyone interested in sewage treatment, water protection, landscape planning and ecology may find this book useful. Specialists may benefit from a new, broader perspective on their professional problems.” (Hydrological Sciences Journal, Feb. 2002)

Landscaping With Native Trees

Landscaping With Native TreesAuthor(s): Guy Sternberg, Jim Wilson, James W. Wilson

Publisher: Chapters Pub Ltd

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 1881527662

ISBN-13: 978-1881527664

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Landscaping With Native Trees: The Northeast, Midwest, Midsouth & Southeast Edition

Paperback, 288 pages
Publication date: April 1996

Discusses the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the planting, care, and range, of virtually every tree species native to eastern North America north of the Gulf Coast. Covers landscaping, transplanting, leaf and tree silhouettes, and sources. Color photos present virtually every tree mentioned. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Midwest Book Review:
Residents of the Eastern regions will appreciate an edition which uses the expertise of these gardener authors to explore the pros and cons of over a hundred native trees. An organization by species makes it easy to locate growing characteristics and details on cultivation.

The publisher, Chapters Publishing (, 12/05/96:
Reviews Library Journal, Essential for most public libraries.; HortIdeas, Authoritative, up-to-date and beautifully produced.; Indianapolis Star, A beautiful and informative book.

Table of Contents
At Home in the Forest
Getting Started
Building Around Your Trees
Dependable, Ornamental Natives
Tree & Leaf Silhouettes
From Abies to Ulmus
Specialty Trees
USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut Your Utility Bills by Up to 30 Percent and Create a Natural Healthy YardAuthor(s): Anne Simon Moffat, Mark Schiler, Marc Schiller

Publisher: Appropriate Solutions Press

Paperback: 230 pages

ISBN: 0963878409

ISBN-13: 978-0963878403

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Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut Your Utility Bills by Up to 30 Percent and Create a Natural Healthy Yard

Paperback, 240 pages
Publication date: July 1995

Table of Contents
1. Why Energy-Efficient Landscaping Makes Sense
2. Putting Nature to Work: The Basic Principles
3. Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Cool Climates
4. Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Hot, Arid Climates
5. Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Hot, Humid Climates
6. Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Temperate Climates
7. Water-Efficient (Low-Maintenance) Landscaping
8. Natural Lawn Care
9. Landscaping for Wildlife
10. Creating a Natural-Looking Garden with Native Plants
11. The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Recycling Yard Waste
12. An Environmental Gardener’s Guide to Pest Management
13. Designing and Planning
14. Landscaping Skills 101
A Map: The Zones of Plant Hardiness
B Map: The Latitudes of North America
C Table of Solar Angles for the U.S.
D Table of Tangents
E Table of Tree Densities
F Lists of Plants According to Size and Form

Landscaping Makes Cents: Smart Investments that Increase Your Property Value

Landscaping Makes Cents: Smart Investments that Increase Your Property ValueAuthor(s): Frederick C. Campbell, Richard L. Dube

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0882669486

ISBN-13: 978-0882669489

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 08/01/97:

The promotional materials that came with this book said, Surprisingly, money DOES grow on trees! I’ve seen a lot of gardening how-to books over the years, and this is one of the first to approach the topic not only from an aesthetic or problem solving point of view, but also from an economic one. The book was interesting and eye-opening and it will certainly be helpful to landscapers, architects, and, most specifically, homeowners. It is well thought out, clearly illustrated, and easy to follow; the information will help people to avoid common errors while giving them ideas for how to landscape with an eye to increasing value.

From Booklist , 02/15/97:
The authors, owners of landscape design companies, offer instructions on increasing the resale value of a home through landscaping. The first section explores the perceived value of landscaping, showing ways to increase the home’s property value. The second section takes the reader step-by-step through the process of setting a realistic budget and how best to invest in walls, fences, patios, walks, arbors, decks, trees, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, and lawns. The book’s third section tells readers how to choose a qualified landscape contractor, what questions to ask, and how to negotiate a contract. There are 175 black-and-white line drawings. Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Two landscaping experts offer practical suggestions on how homeowners can add value to their property through careful landscape design, with helpful tips on how to intall gardens, trees and shrubs, fences, decks, or other landscape features. Original.

Card catalog description
Professional landscaping contractors Frederick C. Campbell and Richard L. Dube lead you step by step through the process of planning and building a landscape that fits your needs and preferences and will maximize the return on your investment. Select elements that will add value and general appeal to your property and set a budget for each, quantify the value of trees and other landscape elements, make the best choices for sustainable low-maintenance landscapes, select, install, and maintain gardens, ponds, fences, lighting, walkways, and more; and evaluate, negotiate, and contract with qualified landscaping contractors.

The publisher, Storey Books , 03/31/98:
Now any homeowner can add substantial investment value and beauty to a home through careful landscape design. Two landscaping experts explore in practical and clear language how to create a landscape plan, determine a budget, choose a contractor, and achieve substantial financial return on a limited budget.

Table of Contents

Pt. I. Money Does Grow on Trees: Increasing Your Property Value
Ch. 1. The Perceived Value of Landscaping
Ch. 2. How Much Is an Aesthetically Pleasing Landscape Worth?
Ch. 3. How Much Are Trees and Other Landscaping Elements Worth?
Ch. 4. Landscaping Considerations When Building, Buying, or Selling a House
Pt. II. Where Do I Start? Developing a Budget and a Plan
Ch. 5. Budgeting for Landscaping
Ch. 6. Designing Your Landscape for Maximum Value
Ch. 7. Investing in Hardscaping Elements
Ch. 8. Investing in Softscaping Elements
Ch. 9. Investing in Sustainable Landscape Alternatives
Pt. III. I Can’t Do It All Myself: Hiring Landscape Contractors
Ch. 10. Selecting Qualified Contractors
Ch. 11. Negotiating Contracts
Ch. 12. Asking the Right Questions of Contractors
Appendix 1. How Valuable Is Your Home Landscape? A Proposed Aesthetic Evaluation Model
Appendix 2. USDA Hardiness Zone Map
For Further Reading

Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards

Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own BackyardsAuthor(s): Sara Bonnett Stein

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company;

Paperback: 304 pages

ISBN: 0395709407

ISBN-13: 978-0395709405

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Noah’s Garden : Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards Paperback Reissue edition

Published to rave reviews in 1993, Noah’s Garden shows us how our landscape style of neat yards and gardens has devastated suburban ecology, wiping out entire communities of plants and animals by stripping bare their habitats and destroying their food supplies. When Stein realized what her intensive efforts at making a traditional garden had done, she set out to “ungarden.” Her book interweaves an account of her efforts with an explanation of the ecology of gardens. Noah’s Garden has become the bible of the new environmental gardening movement, and the author is one of its most popular spokespersons.

What kind of grass is planted behind your house? What insects burrow in your soil, and what birds eat them? What’s happening in that compost pile you’re so proud of? This book may well change the view from your patio. A former old-style suburban gardener, Sara Stein writes convincingly of the ecological history of suburbia and the necessity of good stewardship of the land stolen from prairies and forests to make our back yards. Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature A gentle but important manifesto. It joins the ecologist’s vision to the gardener’s art in the urgent work of translating the American lawn into something more beautiful and interesting and alive. The Washington Post By offering readers a thousand and one fun things to know and do, Stein has made a contribution to environmental literature that is both useful and delightful.

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