Construction in the Landscape

cover of Construction in the Landscape

Describes the impact of construction on the land and landscape where it takes place.

Construction in the Landscape describes the impact of construction on the land and landscape where it takes place. Geographical coverage is necessarily global to reflect the great variation both in people's economic and social needs and in the shortage or abundance of natural resources. + Full description

Part I introduces both land resources, whether used for agriculture, human settlement or mineral extraction or conserved as scenery, wildlife habitat or for the undefined needs of future generations; and construction, its products, skills, processes and impacts on land resources.

Part II describes specific forms of civil engineering – from landform adaptation, through dams and river control works, coastal construction and transport infrastructure to particular types of structure such as bridges, towers and power stations, or the layout of complete settlements.

Part III deals with regional planning of construction and land use in different geographical circumstances – from fine scenery, through rural countryside to city and suburban development – and to the sort of land arrangements that may be sustainable for an increased but hopefully more civilised human population a century hence.

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Part I: Land Resources
1. Land Features
2. The Impact of Construction

Part II: Man-Made Forms and Structures
3. Landforms and their Modification
4. Earthworks for Structures
5. Mines and Quarries
6. Dams and Other Hydraulic Structures
7. Coastal and Estuarial Construction
8. Transport Routes and Infrastructure
9. Bridges and Crossings
10. Military and Industrial Construction
11. Towers
12. Buildings and Settlements

Part III: Planning Construction in Various Landscapes
13. Construction in Scenic Country
14. Construction in Flat Open Country
15. Construction in Urban Landscapes
16. Built Landscapes in the Future

Subject Index
Index of Places and Projects


Tom Carpenter is a retired civil engineer with many years experience in planning a variety of construction projects in a wide range of physical situations in Asia, Africa and Europe. He is now a writer on natural resource and environmental aspects of construction.