Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design

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Site analysis is the key to a well-designed project. In fact, the careful and complete analysis of a site and its surrounding context can lead to better development proposals, smoother design implementation, and, ultimately, higher quality built environments.

This carefully conceived book is the first to detail each crucial step in the site analysis and planning process, from site selection through design development. It shows how these activities are integrated to arrive at a site plan that successfully balances the needs of the client and other stakeholders with the site's suitability for the intended land uses. With more than 130 illustrations, this book includes many outstanding examples of maps and site plans created by leading land planning firms. It offers guidance on:


* Site identification, evaluation, and selection
* Site inventories of physical, biological, and cultural attributes
* Land use suitability analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
* Concept planning and design development
* Graphic communication with clients, government agencies, and other stakeholders

Filled with need-to-know information on the entire land planning and design process, Site Analysis is a vital addition to the library of students and professionals in landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and related areas.

This book will fill a void in the academic market by offering a comprehensive introduction to all stages of the site analysis process. The Second Edition of Site Analysis will detail each phase of the land planning and site design process, explain the influence of site and contextual conditions conditions on land use development and conservation decisions. It will also provide a valuable resource for professionals seeking design solutions for successful land use.

Content from this book is available as an online continuing professional education course at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-320255.html#sustainable_site.  WileyCPE courses are available on demand, 24 hours a day, and are approved by the American Institute of Architects.

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The complete guide to site analysis—for better plans and better projects

Context-sensitive site planning leads to better development proposals and, ultimately, to higher quality built environments. By responding to inherent site opportunities and constraints, context-sensitive development—and redevelopment—creates attractive and pedestrian-friendly places to live, work, and play.

The expanded and extensively revised new edition, Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design retains the earlier edition's emphasis on the site-planning process. With several project case studies from leading design firms and more than 180 illustrations, the Second Edition ref lects the state of the art in sustainable land planning and site design. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Site selection and programming

  • Mapping of physical, biological, and cultural attributes

  • Site suitability analysis

  • Conceptual design

  • Design development

  • Feasibility studies

  • Site plan review

Whether you are a student, a practitioner studying for a licensing exam, or a member of a local board or commission that reviews land development proposals, Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design will help you better understand the linkages between existing site and contextual conditions—and the sustainable design of the built environment.

About the Author:

James A. Lagro Jr. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a planner and a registered landscape architect with more than twenty-five years of experience as an educator, consultant, and designer in private practice. He has been published in Landscape Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, and other leading publications.

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