Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfield

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Wiley, May 21, 2004 - Architecture - 128 pages
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.

Gans & Jelacic
Glenn Murcutt
Himanshu Parikh of Buro Happold
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Michael Sorkin Studio
Weisz + Yoes
Peter Zlonicky
Practice Profile: Sergison Bates Architects
Building Profile: Eric Parry Architects

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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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