Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2006 - Architecture - 255 pages
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Do you really know what's under the new house you just bought? Was that "big box" retailer down your street built over a toxic site? Will the warehouse just beyond your backyard be converted into a shopping center, factory, or trucking hub. These are a few of the worrisome scenarios facing us all as our cities begin a stealth relocation of industrial facilities from the inner city to the urban periphery and to reuse old toxic waste sites while creating new ones - places Alan Berger has coined drosscapes. Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America is your guide to this vast, unknown geography of waste landscapes and sprawl.
Ten cities and their drosscapes are analyzed through aerial photography, maps, charts, and graphs. Lured by liability reductions, tax incentives, and inadequate public awareness, corporate America is rapidly developing land for short-term gains and occupancy, leaving us to clean up their toxic land, wasteful places, and degradation of natural systems. Drosscape makes clear that "waste" is a design challenge of the most pressing order.
  

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Before readers hit the title page of this heavily illustrated if scattershot treatise, they'll see the following line alone on a page of brown paper: "Drosscapes accumulate in the wake of the socio ... Read full review

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Drosscape has no thesis and stale writing. It has dull aerial photography, included so the author can tell you how he hangs out of airplanes like a badass. Its diagrams are unintelligible, but they ... Read full review

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Alan Berger is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University.

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