Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfield
Devoted to the subject of 'brownfield', this title topically tackles 'green' issues on a large scale. It pertinently asks how on regenerated sites the demands of the natural ecology might be balanced with the redevelopment for human activities. In many major cities the only large tracts of land available are those made toxic through a recipe of urbanism, industry and science - from our great water thoroughfares to rubbish landfills. Thus the treatment of brownfield sites has become a pressing issue for national and local government, urban planners, developers and designers. Whereas only too often the approach to remediation has been driven by economics and litigation, this title seeks an alternative in proposing an unprecedented weaving together of the naturalist and urbanist. It effectively brings together those in the vanguard of conceptualising this situation from a multiplicity of viewpoints and disciplines. Highlights include an interview with Renzo Piano and features on the work of Glenn Murcutt and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.