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This book surveys the basic principles of landscape construction and is an introductory text for those involved in the design, specification, and construction of landscape. It aims to be of interest to architects, engineers, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, garden designers, and contractors, and it is written from the point of view of two landscape architects who have been practicing since the 1970s. It began as a set of construction courses taught by Jamie Liversedge at Hadlow College, Kent, and the University of Greenwich, London, to undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture and garden design students since 1995.

Fundamental to good hard-landscape design is a knowledge of the chemical and physical characteristics of materials and the forces that work on them. For example, lumber posts for a pergola are commonly laid in concrete foundations where the groundwater will rot them: better by far to separate the post from the ground by using a steel pin or plate to connect post and foundation, or to set the post on a plinth or low wall.


  

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