Landscape + Urbanism Around The Bay of Mumbai

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 9:26am

This book explores future planning and design in and around the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, specifically focused on the Bay of Mumbai. Over the summers of 2008 and 2009, a multidisciplinary group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture + Planning traveled to Mumbai for field research. Studio was led by professors Alan Berger and Rahul Mehrotra. MIT

Waste To Place

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 9:16am

Booklet One
To visually introduce the scales and types of abandoned
mining sites across the United States, measure their
unique landscape qualities, and describe the processes
of mine reclamation to the general public. A brief
background and history section details the efforts to
reclaim mining sites along French Gulch in Breckeridge,
Colorado and transform the area into a sustainable new
neighborhood.

 

Designing The Reclaimed Landscape

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:03am

The first practical yet in-depth exploration of how to reclaim the post-industrial landscape, this volume includes excellent case studies by practitioners and policy makers from around the US, giving first rate practical examples.

The book addresses new thinking about landscape, which applies new techniques to the task of transforming outdated and disused post-extraction landscapes through design. In the USA alone, there are nearly 500,000 abandoned mines in need of reclamation and this book provides the first in-depth guidance on this real and pressing issue.

Drosscape: Wasting Land In Urban America

Submitted by Alan Berger on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 8:38pm

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 over a toxic site? These are just a few of the worrisome scenarios facing us all as our cities begin to redevelop old toxic waste sites--places Alan Berger has coined "drosscapes." Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America is your guide to this vast, hitherto largely ignored field of waste landscapes.

The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy, 3rd Edition

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:52am

Environmental policy cannot be seen in just black and white, but instead contains many shades of gray. Environmental battles—even the most heated—are essentially conflicts among those with fundamentally different values, and how problems are framed in politics plays a central role in shaping how these values are translated into policies. Judith Layzer explores these two main themes in environmental policy making in the anticipated third edition of The Environmental Case.

Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:48am

Scholars, scientists, and policymakers have hailed ecosystem-based management (EBM) as a remedy for the perceived shortcomings of the centralized, top-down, expert-driven environmental regulatory framework established in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. EBM entails collaborative, landscape-scale planning and flexible, adaptive implementation. But although scholars have analyzed aspects of EBM for more than a decade, until now there has been no systematic empirical study of the overall approach.

Open for Business

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:42am

Since the 1970s, conservative activists have invoked free markets and distrust of the federal government as part of a concerted effort to roll back environmental regulations. They have promoted a powerful antiregulatory storyline to counter environmentalists’ scenario of a fragile earth in need of protection, mobilized grassroots opposition, and mounted creative legal challenges to environmental laws. But what has been the impact of all this activity on policy?

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