Author(s): BLAKE JAMES
How do you design a landscape suitable for its intended uses? How can the natural landscape be enhanced with new features and focal points? How can you make pedestrians stay on the footpath? What sort of contract should you choose for your client's contractor? This introduction to landscape design aims to tackle all of these questions and guide the student through the many facets of professional practice and welding together the artistic, legal, financial, environmental and management issues. The relative merits of hard and soft landscaping are examined and the book provides a step-by-step guide through all the stages of project management, from initial discussions and site inspection, to final plans and drawings and maintenance.
The role of the landscape designer; design philosophy and aesthetic principles; hard landscape design; soft landscape design; the design process; client liaison, questionnaires and site appraisal; land survey; evaluating and using the site information; progressing concepts to final drawings; cost estimating and tender documentation; memorandum of agreement; contracts and contract preparation; contract administration; CDM regulations and landscape contracts; graphics, equipment and draughtsmanship; plan printing, copying and negatives; drawing principles; drawing arrangement; computers; architectural lettering; drawing for different purposes; general management; the cost effectiveness of a guiding philosophy.