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BOOKS LIVRES BOOKS READ BY SCOTT TORRANCE + KIRSTIN NEWFIELD LIVING ROOFS IN INTEGRATED URBAN WATER SYSTEMS Daniel Roehr and Elizabeth Fassman-Beck Living Roofs In Integrated Urban Water Systems book info: Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems Daniel Roehr + Elizabeth Fassman-Beck Routledge (February 24, 2015) English, 192 pages, hardcover 9.8 x 6.9 x 1.1" ISBN-10: 0415535530 ISBN-13: 978-0415535533 16 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES The collaboration between the authors, a civil engineer and a landscape architect/horticulturist...results in a well-rounded review...which respects the objectives of both disciplines. LIVING ROOFS IN Integrated Urban Water Systems provides a comprehensive review of living roof design from the perspective of a multidisciplinary design team. The collaboration between the authors, a civil engineer and a landscape architect/ horticulturist, is evident in the content and results in a well-rounded review of living roofs which respects the objectives of both disciplines. Integrated design and collaboration between the landscape architecture and civil engineering disciplines has often been a weakness of urban site design. This book reflects the modern reality that these disciplines must work in unison, merging elements of the design process that would be in the traditional realm of the civil engineer with those of the landscape architect to develop an integrated, quantitative and performancebased approach. Living Roofs does not necessarily provide a step-by-step guide to designing living roofs. Instead, it provides the reader with an in-depth review of the essentials. Each consideration is supported with diagrams, graphs and ample references that provide the reader with the opportunity to follow-up. Many of the design concepts include clear and detailed schematics, which allow the reader to visualize how the designs may appear in practice. The book would have benefited by the addition of colour photos and plans of actual projects. (All diagrams and photos are black and white.) A detailed discussion in the second chapter is comprehensive, but also complicated and academic. Living Roofs is not for the casual reader, but that is one of the strengths of this book; it provides detailed, quantified and wellresearched material. In addition to the literature references throughout, the authors of Living Roofs conclude the book with a series of case studies highlighting how the concepts have been implemented in real-world applications. The authors recommend a holistic approach that integrates living roofs with other Low Impact Development strategies at grade. The technical content within Living Roofs makes it best suited to an audience with a strong background in engineering, architecture or landscape architecture. While the attention given to engineering concepts may be of limited direct application to landscape architects, and vice-versa, the in-depth treatment provides insights into the complexity of living roof and storm water design and encourages all disciplines involved in the design of green infrastructure to appreciate the challenges faced by the entire design team.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2016

Returning the Tide
A Question of Balance
A role for the Applied Ecologist
WET Design
The Ballad of Frog Plain
Landscape Laboratories|Laboratoires Paysagers
1000 Acres in Essex
3 Wetlands: 3 Discoverles...
Fen and White Cedar
Ecological Landscaping
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin

Landscapes - Spring 2016