11.304J | Spring 2009 | Graduate

Site and Infrastructure Systems Planning


Assigned readings are listed below. Readings from the required textbooks are listed according to the following key:

[France] = France, Robert L. Wetland Design: Principles and Practices for Landscape Architects and Land Use Planners. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002. ISBN: 9780393730739.

[Lyle] = Lyle, John T. Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development. New York City, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. ISBN: 9780471178439.

Buy at MIT Press [Lynch and Hack] = Lynch, Kevin and Gary Hack. Site Planning. 3rd ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. ISBN: 9780262121064.

[Marsh] = Marsh, William M. Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. ISBN: 9780471485834.

[Randolph] = Randolph, John. Environmental Land Use Planning Management. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2004. ISBN: 9781559639484.

[Steiner] = Steiner, Frederick R. The Living Landscape: an Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000. ISBN: 9780070793989.

1 Site planning: introduction

[Lynch and Hack] Chapters 1, 2

[Randolph] Chapters 1-3

2 Site and landscape planning processes

[Steiner] pp. 9-20

[Randolph] Chapter 4

[Marsh] Chapters 9, 20

[Lyle] Chapter 2

3 Site inventory and evaluation

[Lynch and Hack] pp. 19-35

[Marsh] Chapter 4

4 Earthwork, soils

[Randolph] Chapter 12

Landphair, Harlow C., and Fred Klatt. Landscape Architecture Construction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998, chapters 1 and 2. ISBN: 9780132549479.

5 Earthwork and utilities

Campbell, Craig S., and Michael H. Ogden. Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape. New York City, NY: Wiley, 1999, chapter 5. ISBN: 9780471107200.

Hydrology Handbook for Conservation Commissioners (PDF - 2.7MB)

6 Storm water: best management practices

Low Impact Development (PDF - 3.3MB)

[Randolph] Chapter 10

[France] pp. 18-47

Stormwater Management - Volume One (PDF)

[Lyle] Chapter 6

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Policies & Guidelines

7 Sites around wetlands and water features [Marsh] pp. 289-99 and 340-51, chapter 9

Stormwater Best Management Practices (PDF - 9.8MB)

8 Traffic and Circulation

Gallion, Arthur B. The Urban Pattern: City Planning and Design. New York City, NY: Van Nostrand, 1980. ISBN: 9780442227319.

[Lynch and Hack] Chapter 7

Wolf, Kathleen L. “Trees, Parking and Green Law: Strategies for Sustainability.” USDA Forest Service & Georgia Forestry Commission, February 2004. (PDF - 2.7MB)


Subdivisions, neighborhood design and sustainability

 Schwanke, D. et al. Mixed Use Development Handbook. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute, 2004. ISBN: 9780874206654.

 Southworth, Michael and Eran Ben-Joseph. Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2003. ISBN: 9781559639163.

United States Green Building Council

LEED for Neighborhood Developments Rating System (PDF - 2.4MB)

10 Graphic Communications

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2009
Learning Resource Types
Projects with Examples
Written Assignments