Land Development Calculations: Interactive Tools and Techniques for Site Planning, Analysis and Design (Professional Architecture) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2001
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The book addresses two fundamental questions: If there is an available site, how much can be built on the land available? If the project comes first, how much land is needed to accommodate it? With these spreadsheets, development design options can be explored in a fraction of the time required to create even a single site plan. How to use:
* Select between nonresidential and residential projects, then chooses the type of parking that will be provided--parking capacity is the primary determinant of land use capacity.
* This decision tree then directs the user to the appropriate spreadsheet, where variables such as gross lot area, buildable and unbuildable areas, parking and loading, open space, roadways, tax data, water and utility fees, building floors and height, and other data are entered in order to forecast capacity and economic yield.
* Design specifications can be changed within a single spreadsheet or entered into two or more spreadsheets for comparative purposes.
* Each development scenario is illustrated by a real-world case study, which identifies and measures the design criteria that actually control the results obtained and also shows how alternative development options would affect the project results.
This book helps readers evaluate site development possibilities and land area requirements with spreadsheet simplicity. The best tool ever for land development analysis, planning, and decision-making, Walter Martin Hosack's "Land Development Calculations" adds speed and clarity to your every recommendation and choice. This book helps readers to automate land development problem-solving and decision-making. Whatever the project - hospital, office, mall, or residential development - architects, civil engineers, urban planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, owners, regulators, and land use policymakers begin by evaluating parameters, comparing alternatives and assessing the feasibility of the contemplated land development. This process has been largely intuitive, but actually involves an array of interrelated factors and calculations that can be automated to consistently forecast many alternatives in the time it takes to conceive and draw one.Forty easy-to-use, plug-in spreadsheets cover all basic development design issues and strategies and are included with "Land Development Calculations: Interactive Tools and Techniques for Site Planning, Analysis and Design".Each spreadsheet forecasts development options based on values that are entered within a pre-formatted design specification panel. Alternative values produce instant options for comparison that can lead to more informed feasibility, investment, appraisal, and economic development conclusions.The CD-ROM includes: interactive spreadsheets to facilitate land development decision-making. This next-generation utility for land development professionals offers: 40 interactive spreadsheets covering residential, nonresidential, and hybrid categories of land use development; case studies, with photographs and plans, illustrating how these spreadsheets and design strategies can be applied to development issues in the real world; ease of use - variables that can be changed within a single spreadsheet or across several to compare design strategy implications for a given issue; and, coverage of every class of building type. See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
Kindle Rip Off
2 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Purchased through Kindle Book has no value if you can't access CD ROM that comes with Hard Copy of Book. There should be some link to access the spreadsheets for Kindle purchases. Or some warning label to kindle consumers that CD rom is not accessible.
Dry planning book
9 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Might have been useful for a paper but too dry for me to really get what I needed out of it
29 January 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Very satisfied. The book is perfect as I thought. And it arrives on time. I have not read the book yet, but I am very happy with this deal.
Lorenzo de Aragua
Worth It's Weight in Gold!
5 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
As a land planner/architect/urban designer, how many times have you entered into a discussion with a developer or city planner about the "yield" of a particular plot of land? With the developer insisting that more units can be yielded than you've come up with and the city planner trying to make the case for less, you're in for a mind-numbing exercise in futility. While the contents of this book won't solve all your problems, you can get a good handle on modeling various scenarios quite quickly and avoid wasting hours of design time to understand the basics of a site. Because each jurisdiction has its own regulations about certain parameters, you'll need to tweak some of the variables in the spreadsheets, but just having this as the way to get to a "first pass" is a great asset. Highest recommendation for practicing architects, land planners, civil engineers, city planners, developers, etc.
Extremely valuable tool
7 October 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
48 people found this helpful.
"Land Development Calculations" provides an excellent and innovative strategy for working towards sustainable land use and development. The models for varying land development strategies can assist local government land use decision makers and planners as well as developers determine the carrying capacity of land within realistic thresholds. The accompanying spreadsheets for the development scenarios on the CD-ROM are extremely user friendly and do not place an undue burden on the user by requiring what may be hard to find or to collect data. All of the data required just is typical of what is necessary to make appropriate land development decisions. As a local government planner, I am working towards incorporating the information received from the models in to the zoning and development code as part of the approval process by using it to further assess suitability of the property for the purposes proposed (a zoning consideration required in accordance with the State of Georgia Zoning Procedures Act). I strongly encourage other land planners and developers to read "Land Development Calculations," because of its highly practical and very timely material.