Book Review: Sequel To Suburbia

 seq suburbiaSequel to Suburbia - Glimpses of America's Post-Suburban Future provides details about the issues emerging from existing suburban planning approaches and construction. The Beltway near Washington, Schaumburg near Chicago and the unbridled development of suburbia along Florida coasts are all detailed. Readers will learn how these areas emerged, the problems and issues they contend with and why they took certain directions. The author highlights the fragmented and often dispersed suburban planning approach that disconnects communities from proper planning governance. 

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Book Review: Rich Pictures - Encouraging Resilient Communities

richpicturesRich Pictures focuses on the value of developing visual narratives – Rich Pictures – as an important component and starting point for community participation. A key device for the community to share ideas and perspectives on current and potential future situations, Rich Pictures (RP) provide a shared space for members to set out ideas and negotiate.

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Book Review: Strategic GIS Planning And Management In Local Government

9781466556508Strategic GIS Planning and Management in Local Government provides details for implementing a geographic information system in local government. Both conceptual and technical issues are described and this book outlines a process that can be used to support a successful strategy. Each step along the path is described. Unique to this book is the explanation of governance in terms of GIS technology and an assessment of tangible and non-tangible benefits for a successful GIS strategy. 

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Book Review: City Design

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City Design - Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives describes the driving principles and thinking that gave rise to city designs in the past, present and leading toward the future. City planners, architecture and local government interested parties will find this book is comprehensive in scope and includes exceptional graphics, maps and charts that support the text well. Many projects exist and their nature is explored in detail.


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Book Review: Understanding Earth Observation

earth obs soliminiUnderstanding Earth Observation - The Electromagnetic Foundation of Remote Sensing is a comphensive presentation about earth observation (EO). Both 2D and 3D data capture details are provided and the author also outlines how various remote sensor types can be applied for accurate and useful purpose. The electromagnetic spectrum is particularly described and this well documented book provides all needed details for working with satellite imagery. 

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Book Review: Walking And Mapping

walking mappingWalking and Mapping - Artists As Cartographers describes the psychogeographical and psychoeconomic relationship between people and places through artists as they map and perform cartographic functions. This book takes readers on a journey through interpreting the nature and impressions of places using unconventional approaches and unique methods for engaging locations. A fascinating glimpse into understanding geography and location in offbeat ways, yet often deplying the latest technologies and concepts, readers will find this book highly enlightening.

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Book Review: Digital Humanities

9780262018470 0Digital Humanities is an emerging field that links geospatial analysis, visualization, data mining, linguistics and other areas of study into a framework for knowledge gathering, understanding and creation. With 'design science' as one outcome, digital humanities poses unique questions about the role of digital technologies and methods are interfacing and connecting with information. This text represents the beginnings of a new field that includes much exploration and research. 

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Book Review: SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain, and Architecture

cover sketchup site designThe book SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain, and Architecture is the second edition of this series. It updates several important new features that help site designers and architects working in design and to create 3D models and visualizations. The author also provides details for working with SketchUp from beginning to end for a complete project. 

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Book Review: Reconstruction And Analysis of 3D Scenes

3d scene anThe book Reconstruction and Analysis of 3D Scenes - From Irregularly Distributed 3D Points To Object Classes is a complete summary for understanding what 3D point clouds are and useful approaches for analysing these data with a view to identifying 3D features. Frameworks for developing workflow processing and feature extraction are considered and presented. The author includes details about rule-based learning as well as the integration of 2D images and thermal imaging.

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Book Review: A Practical Guide To Adopting BIM In Construction Projects

cover bim kumarThe book 'A Practical Guide To Adopting BIM In Construction Projects' is a concise, accurate and experienced look into BIM adoption. The author writes about process, protocols and standards and shares insight that keeps the reader informed and turning pages. With a focus on UK BIM adoption, the topics and pragmatic observations will have world-wide impact in any construction project. Detailed documentation are also included and high quality graphics support the presentation. 

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