Constructing Landscape is a systematic introduction to technical and constructional open space planning, with all the relevant topics, from the most common materials and surfaces to the construction of open space elements and the use of plants. For landscape architects and architects it is an indispensable guide to correct and professional execution planning as well as to preparing solid and well-thought-out requests for proposal.
Constructing Landscape is divided into two sections, Materials and Surfaces and Building Construction and Building Elements. The first section provides an overview of the various building materials of landscape architecture and their specific characteristics. It also explains the qualities of surfaces and the different approaches to treating them. The second section begins with an introductory chapter explaining the principles of statics, the connections of load-bearing elements, and the various approaches to anchoring building compo-nents and supporting structures. The subsequent chapters use drawings and text to present the constructional principles and techniques associated with the various building elements. Each chapter concludes with a collection of sample projects, illustrated with photographs and technical drawings.
Astrid Zimmermann is an independent landscape architect with an office in Berlin.
Introduction Essay 1 Material 1.1 Soil 1.2 Plants 1.3 Lawns and other seeded areas 1.4 Wood 1.5 Natural stone 1.6 Bricks and clinker 1.7 Concrete 1.8 Metal, steel in particular 1.9 Other building materials 2 General principles for loadbearing structures 2.1 Loadbearing structures 2.2 Connecting loadbearing elements 2.3 Foundations and retaining structures 3 Building elements and building methods 3.1 Earth structures and ground relief 3.2 Paths and squares 3.3 Steps and ramps 3.4 Handrails, banisters and fences 3.5 Walls 3.6 Small buildings and pergolas 3.7 Walkway structures and wooden platforms 3.8 Small bridges 3.9 Plantations and planting techniques 3.10 Lawns and other seeded areas 3.11 Drainage plant and systems 3.12 Water features 3.13 Vertical planting 3.14 Roof planting 3.15 Standard and non-standard Appendix