Site Analysis - 2nd
Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design
By James A. LaGro
Learn the Crucial
Steps in the Site Analysis and Planning Process
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.
more than 130 illustrations, this book includes many
outstanding examples of maps and site plans created by leading land
Site Analysis offers guidance
- Site identification, evaluation, and
- 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.
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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
Table of Contents:
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PART I: PROCESS AND TOOLS.
Chapter 1: Shaping the Built Environment.
- Toward Sustainable Built Environments.
- The Power of Place, The Role of Design.
- The Site Planning Process.
Chapter 2. Visualization of Spatial Information.
- Graphic Communication.
- Mapping Fundamentals.
- Principles of Effective Graphic Communication.
- Base Maps.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
PART II: SITE SELECTION AND PROGRAMMING.
Chapter 3. Site Selection.
- Site Selection Scope.
- The Site Selection Process.
Chapter 4. Programming.
- Programming Methods.
- Program Documentation.
PART III: SITE INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS.
Chapter 5. Site Inventory: Physical Attributes.
- Parcel Size and Shape.
Chapter 6. Site Inventory: Biological Attributes.
Chapter 7. Site Inventory: Cultural Attributes.
- Land Use and Tenure.
- Land Use and Tenure.
- Property Value.
- Land Use Regulation.
- Building Typology.
- Historic Resources.
- Perceptual Quality.
Chapter 8. Site Analysis: Integration and Synthesis.
- Spatial Analysis Fundamentals.
- Site Opportunities.
- Site Constraints.
- Site Development Capacity.
- Suitability Analysis.
- Integration and Synthesis.
PART IV: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION.
Chapter 9. Conceptual Design.
- Sustainable Site Planning.
- Design Determinants .
- Creativity and Conceptual Design.
- The Conceptual Design Process.
- Anatomy of a Concept Plan.
- Concept Plan Graphics.
- Concept Evaluation and Refinement.
Chapter 10. Design Development.
- Design of the Built Environment.
- Design Theory.
- Open Space.
- Circulation Systems.
Chapter 11. Project Implementation.
- Mitigating Development Impacts.
- Construction Documents.
- Construction Administration.
- Public Review and Approvals.