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Soils for Landscape Development Selection, Specification and Validation

by Simon Leake, Elke Haege

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Soils for Landscape Developmentprovides a clear, practical and systematic template for specifying landscape soils based on scientific criteria. The soil specifications provide essential information and a universally applicable method for landscape architects and designers, specification writers, landscape contractors and soil supply companies to ensure quality and fit-for-purpose soils. A strong emphasis is placed on reducing environmental impacts by reuse of on-site soil, promoting appropriate minimal soil intervention, and using recycled products. KEY FEATURES: * A ready reference to landscape soils to inform and promote sound reasoning for client understanding and satisfaction. *The Soil Approach Method which promotes consideration of existing site resources and outlines steps to take to minimize costs through soil reuse and to use site soil analysis and edaphic considerations to inform and promote sustainable design. *A Site Soil Characterization and Investigation Specification providing a method by which site-won soils should be characterized and can then be used to form part of the performance specification. *Performance Based Specifications - where a compulsory specification is given outlining the ranges of physical and chemical properties essential for the performance criteria to meet the landscape treatment. *A set of Design Drivers to improve the adaptation of landscape to place and hence success rates and provide optimum landscape performance. *Verification and Quality Assurance Specification- steps and guidelines to enable clear, standard industry accepted processes over the quality of the product, certification requirements, construction process, and correct supply of specified landscape soils.… (more)
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From the experience of restoring the highly polluted, abandonned industrial site which was to become the site of the Sydney Olympics and then being commissioned to repeat the miracle for Barangaroo, Simon and Elke Haege have extracted a series of principles and suggested prodeedures that every landscape architect, contractor and soil supplier needs to know accurately specify and manufactgure soils for landscape projects. Schools have often accepted questionable fill onto their sites for a quick fix in providing more flat playing surfaces or have modified the ground levels without being aware of the degradation this can cause to their own sites or downstream in their catchments. This book is a good reference to recommend to their design professionals as they become more intentional about restoring their ecologies and catchments. ( )
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Soils for Landscape Developmentprovides a clear, practical and systematic template for specifying landscape soils based on scientific criteria. The soil specifications provide essential information and a universally applicable method for landscape architects and designers, specification writers, landscape contractors and soil supply companies to ensure quality and fit-for-purpose soils. A strong emphasis is placed on reducing environmental impacts by reuse of on-site soil, promoting appropriate minimal soil intervention, and using recycled products. KEY FEATURES: * A ready reference to landscape soils to inform and promote sound reasoning for client understanding and satisfaction. *The Soil Approach Method which promotes consideration of existing site resources and outlines steps to take to minimize costs through soil reuse and to use site soil analysis and edaphic considerations to inform and promote sustainable design. *A Site Soil Characterization and Investigation Specification providing a method by which site-won soils should be characterized and can then be used to form part of the performance specification. *Performance Based Specifications - where a compulsory specification is given outlining the ranges of physical and chemical properties essential for the performance criteria to meet the landscape treatment. *A set of Design Drivers to improve the adaptation of landscape to place and hence success rates and provide optimum landscape performance. *Verification and Quality Assurance Specification- steps and guidelines to enable clear, standard industry accepted processes over the quality of the product, certification requirements, construction process, and correct supply of specified landscape soils.

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