Drosscape: Wasting Land Urban America

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Princeton Architectural Press, May 3, 2007 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Do you really know what is under that new house you just bought? How about what lies beneath the neighborhood playground? Was that "big box" retailer down your street built atop a toxic site? Will the warehouse just beyond your backyard be converted into a shopping center, factory, or trucking hub? These are just 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 peripheryplaces Alan Berger has coined "drosscapes." Now available in paperback, Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America is your guide to this vast, hitherto largely ignored field of waste landscapes.
 

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Contents

Part One Landscape Urbanization and Waste
14
The Changing Nature of Urban Land
18
The Obsolescence of Sprawl
21
Chapter One Discourses for Landscape and Urbanization 26 The Horizontal City and the InBetween
26
A Liminal Landscape
29
Enclaves Off Worlds Ladders
31
Terrain Vague Exaptation Vacant Abandoned
33
Holey Planes and Stimdross
37
CharlotteRaleighDurham
92
Chicago
98
ClevelandAkron
104
DallasFort Worth
110
DenverFront Range
116
Houston
122
Los Angeles
128
Phoenix
134

From InBetween to Freedom and Waste
39
Urban Landscape is a Natural Thing to Waste
44
Waste Landscape Through Attrition
46
Waste Landscape Through Accumulation 53 Flexibility
53
Agglomeration and Regionalism
56
Local and Regional Agglomerations
57
Waste Landscape and Space
58
Flows
61
Revaluing Waste Landscape
64
Federal Activity
66
Americas Superfund City
67
Brownfields
70
Funding
72
Ugliness Blight and Tax Increment Financing
74
Part Two Representing the Relationships
77
between Waste Landscape and Urbanization 78 Chapter Three Ten Urbanized Regions
78
Atlanta
80
BostonLowellProvidence
86
Chapter Four Waste Landscapes 140 Waste Landscapes of Dwelling LODs
140
Waste Landscapes of Transition LOTs
158
Waste Landscapes of Infrastructure LINs
170
Waste Landscapes of Obsolescence LOOs
186
Waste Landscapes of Exchange LEXs
204
Waste Landscapes of Contamination LOCOs
220
Part Three
234
The Drosscape Manifesto 236 Chapter Five Drosscape Explained 236 Drosscape Defined
236
Drosscape Proposed
239
Vastlands Visited by Lars Lerup
242
Contemporary Names for the Urbanization of Landscape
244
Notes on Graphics Data Uses Sources and Methods
245
Dispersal Graph Comparison
248
Spindle Chart Comparison
250
Figure and Caption Sources
252
Index
253
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Alan Berger is an associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is also the author of Reclaiming the American West (2002).

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