About this course

Finding a suitable place for a building and fitting the building to the site is critical. What environmental hazards should be considered? How close is your site to necessary resources? How will your site be monitored? What is the surrounding community like?

In this free 30-minute lecture, David Bainbridge answers all of these questions and many more, and describes the art of placemaking with a unique perspective about proper site selection.

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Course outline

1 module • 5 assignments • 33 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
Lecture: The Marriage Between Site & Building

In this module you'll find the video and a PDF copy of the presentation slides, so you can take notes if you like.

  • The Marriage Between Site & Building - The Art of Placemaking (33:34) (33:34 minutes)
  • PDF copy of the presentation slides (.pdf)


  • David Bainbridge

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    I grew up in the West in a small town working in the family toy factory and enjoying the rivers, mountains and sage covered hills. After earning my BA in Earth Sciences at UC San Diego in 1970, I headed to UC Davis to complete an MS in Ecology in the multidisciplinary Eco-Grad Program. I started a company doing environmental impact analysis, then transitioned to a... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your group.


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it is wonderful

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I really recommend this course

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