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Site Planning, 2007 Edition

by Lester Wertheimer

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To begin with, the cover image is the perfect representation of the type of architecture that Ncarb intends to breed. Some uber-banal, 1987-ish Dallas interstate architecture (not even a photo - someone rendered this crap!!) is further enhanced by a dozen newly planted miniscule scrub trees hemmed in by the extensive concrete and asphalt required by Dallas parking requirements. All of which obviously makes for the perfect book about Site Planning. Not one to read a book by its flashy, mirror glass/white paneled cover, but I was enthralled by a Woody Allen paraphrase as well as such keen observations as “Every site is as unique as an individual person, and even as identical twins have distinct personalities, so too, adjacent parcels of land possess distinguishable characteristics.” Wow, is that my old chum Confucius??? I thought I recognized the fortune cookie rhetoric. This statement not only occurs on page 20, but is repeated on page 55! Obviously Mr. Wertheimer hasn’t visited Houston lately.

I will say that some of the exercises - of increasing complexity - are probably useful for getting the feel of the types of things that the ARE wants. Basically you figure out 1) there's nothing remotely related to "design" and 2) there are certain "fatal flaws" like placing the handicap parking spaces within the reflecting pond instead of within the mandated 100' radius of the post office entrance.

That being said - I'm almost positive I failed the exam because of an ambiguous reading about what enables a "view of the lake." So, as usual, I'm likely the last person that should be giving you a damn book review. I will say this though - if you have gratis access to this book, skim through it. Otherwise, don't sweat it. Look to the ARE Forum with it's many offerings of victim input and examples of offensive-yet-correct "solutions" and, most importantly, "learn" Ncarb’s software… you can rest assure, it still rides the short bus. ( )
  mjgrogan | Jun 3, 2009 |
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