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Book Review


Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Integrated Design of Sustainable Buildings

Sustainable design aims to improve building efficiency. It includes both individual buildings and  neighbourhoods. Urban planning, architecture and spatial design are key aspects of sustainable design and energy plays a major role. This book looks into United Kingdom and international experiences, building discussion upon case study examples taking through planning, construction, operations and maintenance phases

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture – Managing Systems at Risk

The book ‘The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture – Managing Systems at Risk’ summarises the current quantity, quality and socio-economic values of land and water around the global with respect to availability, risk and climate change. Policies, food production models and integrated management principles are all considered and discussed. Water

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Strategic Spatial Projects: Catalysts for Change

Strategic Spatial Projects: Catalysts for Change is focused upon the transformative nature of strategic spatial change for urban planning. The book weaves between design and strategic potential, with a goal of achieving sustainable systems in urban planning. The material asserts that technological plannig alone is not enough, nor urban planning based on competitive business outcomes.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation

Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation is the 7th edition of a popular cartographic reference for professional and student use. This edition includes a focus upon the interpretation of maps and the information within them. Map accuracy and learning how to read maps is also included. The ability to read and understand what a map is

Sunday, January 15th, 2012


Simon Winchester writes about the Atlantic Ocean from it’s beginning as a geological event to the rich history involving explorers, scientists, cultures, geodesy, and events through time.  He describes the basalt formations of eastern Canada to similar formations in Morocco, the beginning of bathymetric mapping, and how Benjamin Franklin became the father of oceanography. Leif Eriksson appeared

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Spatial Data Infrastructures in Context – North and South

Spatial Data Infrastructures in Context – North and South discusses both technological and non-technological obstacles, policies and mechanisms with respect to the implementation of spatial data infrastructures (SDI). With an emphasis on non-technology issues such including legal, policy, copyright, liability and compatibility factors, the editors provide a wealth of information aimed at improving access, interoperability and

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities

This book presents information about climate adaptation and flood risk scenarios for coastal cities. Jakarta, Rotterdam and New York are selected for investigation. The book considers areas that are not adjacent to coastal areas that contribute to flood risk impacts such as drought and temperature changes. The authors wonder if new infrastructure can be designed

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

Urban design is increasingly adopting the idea of food production within city spaces. Carrot City looks at how we imagine a city will look if agricultural production rises. New knowledge networks, changes in urban home and building design, vertical agriculture and the various components for growing food are all included. As changing climate, population increase

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Workbook

Many books present GIS in terms of technology alone, fewer attempt to embrace real problems and link concepts to exercises that explain how all the dots connect when using GIS. Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook benefits from the wealth of experience authors Christian Harder, Tim Ormsby and Thomas Balstrøm bring to the book, providing the guidance and explorations

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Sustainable Land Management

The book Sustainable Land Management: Learning From the Past for the Future provides a summary for ‘Anthroscpaes’ – those landscapes impacted by humans. These landscapes are affected by culture and history, thus, the book attempts to examine sustainability through space and time, recognising the fluid nature of landscapes. It includes a compendium of topics, combined

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