Digital Land
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It?s your complete guide to design and planning as they relate to land and how digital technology fits into the process. Digital Land, Integrating Technology into the Land Planning Process, explains what digital tools are used to collect, assemble, and analyze information used to assess the suitability of both development and preservation. It also covers scales of planning -- including regional, community, and neighborhood projects -- and shows how digital tools can be used to complete those projects better and faster. Case studies offer sound examples of how digital and traditional tools were used in specific planning projects. This book is ideal if you make or are interested in decisions about the use of land in your neighborhood, community, or region.


James L. Sipes, ASLA, is a landscape architect, Senior Associate with EDAW in Atlanta, Georgia, and a founding principal of Sand County Studios in Seattle, Washington. A contributing editor for Landscape Architecture magazine and Cadalyst magazine, and author of more than 300 articles on environmental and technology issues, Mr. Sipes holds a BLA from the University of Kentucky and an MLA from Iowa State University and has taught at several major universities, including Washington State University, University of Idaho, Cornell University, and The University of Oklahoma.

Mark S. Lindhult, FASLA, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and partner in The Berkshire Design Group, Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts. He has MLA and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSLA from The Pennsylvania State University. He was the first computer editor for Landscape Architecture magazine and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.



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Chapter 1 Introduction.


Framework for Understanding Digital Data.

Stakeholders in the Planning and Design Process.

Digital Tools for the Land Planning Process.

Chapter 2 Gathering Digital Data.

The Need for Valid Data.

Database Management System Software.

Geospatial Data.

Democratization of Data.

Mining for Data.

Digital Terrain and 3D Landforms.

Site Surveys.

Global Positioning System Technology.

Data Acquisition, Costs, and Management.


Chapter 3 Sharing, Storing, and Managing Data Networking.


Wireless Technology.

Storage and Backup.

Disaster Recovery Planning.

Managing CAD Data.

Case Study: Sasaki Associates.

Case Study: Geller Devellis, Inc.

Chapter 4 Processing Digital Data.

Management and Production.

Importance of the Internet to the Design Community.

Visualizing the Land.

Case Study: Burlington Project.


Chapter 5 Integrating Digital Data.

Creating Maps.

CAD/GIS Integration.

Processing Images.

Tools for Urban Planning.

Case Study: Using Google Earth to Share Geospatial Information.

Community Mapping.

Interactive Web Technology: Public Participation in Cyberspace.

Dynamic Graphics.

Case Study: Sasaki Strategies.

Integrating Scientific Modeling and Simulations.

Case Study: Geller Devellis.





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