Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfield

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Wiley-Academy, Apr 23, 2004 - Architecture - 128 pages
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Tackling a hot green architectural topic – brownfield sites – this title asks the essential question: how should urban and post-industrial sites best be rehabilitated to balance ecological and human needs?

This issue of AD is devoted to what planners refer to as ‘brownfields’. These are often sites made toxic through a recipe of urbanism and industry, from our great water thoroughfares to our landfills. They are often the only sites available to us for planning consideration.

The book examines the conflict between the demands of ecology and development when reclaiming such sites for re-development, bringing together multiple viewpoints from different disciplines.

  • Includes the internationally renowned Andy Goldsworthy, Glenn Murcutt and Renzo Piano
  • It will recast the topic in a fresh and current light that will interest a wide audience from students to practitioners
  • Aerial photographs, maps and photo essays will give the visuals a richness and breadth of appeal 
  • ‘Green’ is an architectural buzzword, and is viewed as the new parameter for good practice

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Editorial Helen Castie
introduction Deborah Gans and Claire Veisz
The New Model of Urban Redevelopment Matthew Jelaac

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About the author (2004)

Deborah Gans is a partner in Gans & Jelacic an award winning firm in the fields of architectural, industrial and urban design.  She is currently an associate professor at Pratt Institute where she has served as departmental chairman. She has taught at numerous institutions including Yale University and The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

Claire Weisz is partner in firm Weisz +Yoes an award winning firm in the fields of architecture and urban design. She is the co-director of The Design Trust for Public Space in New York City, an organisation whose work has influenced public policy and urban design in that city.  She has taught in the architecture department of Pratt Institute and the urban design program of Columbia University among other institutions.

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