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Construction for Landscape Architecture

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Construction for Landscape Architecture covers all aspects of landscape construction, giving a good understanding of building materials and assembly. It is heavily illustrated with specially commissioned, detailed construction drawings, and has a strong emphasis on sustainability and good practice. At the end of the book there is an extensive glossary and an appendix of technical information.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. The vernacular tradition and globalization
    2. Sustainability
    3. Attitudes to materials
    4. A note on standards
    5. About this book
  6. General Principles
    1. Properties of materials
      1. Specific gravity
      2. Size
      3. Strength
      4. Optical characteristics
      5. Electrical conductivity
      6. Color and texture
      7. Thermal properties
      8. Acoustic properties
      9. Deformation
    2. Principles of assembly
      1. Loads and reactions
  7. Building Materials
    1. Stone
      1. Igneous rocks
      2. Sedimentary rocks
      3. Metamorphic stone
      4. Stone finishes and forms
    2. Concrete
      1. Strength classes
      2. Step by step: Constructing a curved cast-in-place concrete retaining wall
      3. Waterproof concrete
      4. Ecoconcrete
      5. Photocatalytic (depolluting) concrete
      6. Reinforced concrete
      7. Step by step: Constructing GRC rockwork
      8. Concrete finishes
      9. Stucco
      10. Harling
    3. Brick
      1. Materials used in making bricks
      2. Process of manufacture
      3. Types of brick
      4. The brick-wall bond
      5. Paving bonds
      6. Mortar
      7. Jointing and pointing
      8. Laying paving
      9. Problems with brickwork
      10. Step by step: Constructing an engineering-brick retaining wall
    4. Metals
      1. Forming and working metals
      2. Iron
      3. Cast iron
      4. Wrought iron
      5. Steel
      6. Aluminum
      7. Copper
      8. Zinc
      9. Lead
      10. Alloys
    5. Lumber
      1. Types of lumber
      2. Step by step: Constructing hardwood lumber decking
      3. Sustainability of lumber
      4. Strength
      5. Moisture content and seasoning
      6. Durability and ease of preservation
    6. Glass
      1. Modern manufacture
      2. Applications in external works
    7. Polymers (plastics and rubber)
      1. Manufacturing and applications
      2. Elastomers: rubber and synthetic rubber
      3. Toxicity and health concerns associated with plastics and elastomers
      4. Environmental concerns
      5. Polymer degradation
    8. Earth, turf, and non-conventional materials
      1. Compressed earth, cob, and pisé
      2. Turf and peat walls
  8. Elements
    1. Earthworks and topsoil in relation to structures
      1. Topsoil
      2. Groundwater
      3. Protection of trees
      4. Bearing capacity of soil
      5. Cut and fill
      6. Drainage
      7. Mounds and landfill
      8. Topsoil grading
      9. Step by step: Forming a berm using clay subsoil
    2. Retaining structures
      1. Steps
      2. Ramps and ramped steps
      3. Introduction to retaining walls
      4. Cantilever walls
      5. Piled walls
      6. Anchored walls (‘tieback’ walls)
      7. The ha-ha
      8. Soil reinforcement
      9. Geotextiles as soil reinforcement
    3. Walls
      1. Materials used in wall construction
      2. Design issues
      3. Unit walls
      4. Foundations and structure
      5. Moisture-proof courses
      6. Expansion joints
      7. Drystone walls
      8. Drystone wall types
    4. Paving
      1. Foundations
      2. Rigid paving
      3. Step by step: Rigid paving
      4. Unit paving
      5. Flexible paving
      6. Edge restraint
      7. Color in paving
      8. Porous paving
      9. Drainage
      10. Design of paving
      11. Step by step: Flexible herringbone paving
    5. Dealing with water
      1. Introduction to pool construction
      2. Informal pools and rigid structures
      3. Step by step: Building a rigid pool
      4. Step by step: Building a flexibly lined pool
      5. Ponds, pools, lakes, canals, basins, and rills
      6. Step by step: Constructing a rigid channel
      7. Cascades, waterfalls, and weirs
  9. Assembly
    1. Fasteners and connections
    2. Lumber fixings
      1. Mechanical connections
      2. Nails
      3. Screws
      4. Bolts, rivets, and plate connectors
      5. Step by step: Assembling a lumber pergola
      6. Joints
      7. Adhesives
    3. Metal fixings
      1. Compatability of metals, welding, and brazing
      2. Galvanic and electrolytic activity, rusting, and staining
      3. Connecting metals
      4. Step by step: Steel screen detailing
    4. Plastics
  10. Protection and Finishes
    1. Paints
      1. Application of paints
      2. Paints and environmental concerns
    2. Protection of metals
    3. Protection of lumber
      1. Wood preservatives
      2. Varnish
    4. Protection of masonry
  11. Endnotes
  12. Glossary
  13. Further reading
  14. Useful websites
  15. Appendix of tables
  16. Index
  17. Picture credits
  18. Authors’ acknowledgments