Book #23

SHANNON Kelly, DE MEULDER Bruno, Water Urbanisms East, Park Books, 2014.

This book is a selection of the world’s leading experts on urbanism reflect on the changing role that water plays in cities. They investigate the possible consequences of global warming on urban water supplies, including new problems with drought and flooding, as well as the new pressures of dealing with storm waters and basin management. This book is organized in three sections, each of which explores urban water use through a particular theme. “Contemporary Positions” explores a broad array of specific modern water projects. “Re-visiting/Re-editing Urban Water Projects” looks at the history of water urbanisms from around the world in light of today’s challenges and research. “Explorations & Speculations: Excerpts on Water Urbanisms” looks at the role of design in urban water infrastructures. This richly illustrated book offers a wide-ranging account of the myriad roles water plays in our modern city centers.  

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Book #22

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WALDHEIM Charles, CZERNIAK Julia, HUNG Ying-Yu, AQUINO Gerdo, Landscape Infrastructure. Case Studies by SWA, Birkhäuser, 2011.

Infrastructure, as we know it, no longer belongs in the exclusive realm of engineers and transportation planners. In the context of rapidly changing cities and towns, infrastructure is experiencing a paradigm shift where multiple-use programming and the integration of latent ecologies is a primary consideration. Defining contemporary infrastructure requires a multi-disciplinary team of landscape architects, engineers, architects and planners to fully realize the benefits to our cultural and natural systems.

This book examines the potential of landscape as infrastructure via essays by notable authors and supporting case studies by SWA landscape architects and urban designers, among them the technologically innovative roof domes for Renzo Piano’s California Academy of Science in San Francisco, the restoration of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, and several master plans for ecological corridors in China and Korea. Other projects develop smart re-use concepts for railroad tracks that no longer serve their original purpose, such as Kyung-Chun railway in Seoul or Katy Trail in Dallas.


All case studies are described extensively with technical diagrams and plans for repositioning infrastructure as a viable medium for addressing issues of ecology, transit, urbanism, performance, and habitat.

Book #21

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CALHOUN Craig, SENNETT Richard, SHAPIRA Harel, Public Culture. Infrastructures of the Urban, Duke University Press, 2013.

Treating cities as laboratories of the modern world, “Infrastructures of the Urban” examines how they are made and how they should be remade. The contributors—scholars and practitioners from architects and sociologists to physicists—bring to bear empirical analysis, ethnography, eyewitness reflections, cultural critique, and manifestos to explore how improving our material and cultural infrastructure can produce a better society.

The authors’ interest in urban experience is ethical as well as scholarly. Topics include the World Trade Center memorial, the planning of the London Olympics, the informal redesign of shanty housing by slum residents in Mumbai and Mozambique, and the more formalized construction of highways and “tech-cities” like Sondgu, South Korea. The contributors show how cities are made and remade daily, as well as how the diverse, unexpected agents involved in the process break down the distinction between experts and laypeople. The essays do not merely examine cities at a theoretical or dispassionate distance but recommend normative values for how cities should evolve to address new social challenges.

Book #20

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RAINER Thomas, WEST Claudia, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, Timber Press, 2015.

Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is an inspiring call to action dedicated to the idea of a new nature—a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated—that can flourish in our cities and suburbs. This is both a post-wild manifesto and practical guide that describes how to incorporate and layer plants into plant communities to create an environment that is reflective of natural systems and thrives within our built world.

Book #19

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RIFKIN Jeremy, The Hydrogen Economy. The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth, Tarcher, 2002.

The message of The Hydrogen Economy is resoundingly simple: The earth is depleting its oil reserves and even the most generous estimates show oil reserves peaking in about forty years. The specter of global warming and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the oil-rich regions of the earth worsen the problem considerably. The answer, asserts Rifkin, is to embrace a new energy source that is just now gaining public attention: hydrogen.

This abundant element, found everywhere on earth including in air and water, can be transformed, using sustainable methods, into a potentially limitless form of clean-burning fuel. But this potential will founder unless we act now to create the necessary global infrastructure before the factors above overtake us. If we embrace this momentous opportunity, Rifkin says, we will also be able to reinvent the global economy as one in which an inexpensive energy grid provides affordable, efficient fuel for virtually everyone on earth. If we fail, our current economic regime-built exclusively on fossil fuels-will collapse. As the concept of a hydrogen-based future grows in the news, The Hydrogen Economy will lead the way.

Book #18

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POLLALIS Spiro N, GEORGOULIAS Andreas, RAMOS Stephen J, SCHODEK Daniel L (eds), Infrastructure Sustainability and Design, Routledge, 2012.

You’re overseeing a large-scale project, but you’re not an engineering or construction specialist, and so you need an overview of the related sustainability concerns and processes. To introduce you to the main issues, experts from the fields of engineering, planning, public health, environmental design, architecture, and landscape architecture review current sustainable large-scale projects, the roles team members hold, and design approaches, including alternative development and financing structures. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainability within infrastructural systems, such as those for energy, water, and waste, so that you know what’s possible. And best of all, they present here for the first time the Zofnass Environmental Evaluation Methodology guidelines, which will help you and your team improve infrastructure design, engineering, and construction.

Book #17

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NCUBE Mthuli, LEYEKA LUFUMPA Charles, Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development, Policy Press, 2016.

This book presents a comprehensive account and analysis of the current state of infrastructure in Africa with an unprecedented level of detail. Covering nearly twenty specific topical issues for the ongoing development of African infrastructure—including the economic and political aspects of infrastructure development, financing and the mobilization of domestic resources, and the potential for social inclusion – the volume explicitly challenges current policy, practice, and thinking in this area.

Book #16

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MANACORDA Paola M (ed), I nodi delle reti. Infrastrutture, mercato e interesse pubblico, Passigli, 2010.

The quality of infrastructure networks (aqueducts, gas pipelines, power lines, roads, railways, ports, airports, telecommunication) is crucial for the competitiveness of enterprises, for their access to markets, for trade. It is also important for quality of life and social cohesion, for the safety of people, for independence, security and national integrity. The quality of infrastructure influences the access to essential goods (water, electricity, gas), interpersonal relationships (telephone, postal services), the dissemination of knowledge (Internet), the monitoring of environmental and social risks, the effectiveness of territorial control.

Book #15

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LADIANA Daniela (ed), Pianificazione della gestione e manutenzione delle infrastrutture urbane. L’approccio top-down e bottom-up, Quaderno LabQSM – Qualità Sicurezza Manutenzione, n. 7, Firenze, Alinea, 2008.

The books explores factors calling to move away from a policy of emergency management and from programming characterized by extreme fragmentation: steady reduction in available funds of Public Authorities in the face of consistent size of assets; most attention from citizens/users for the quantity/quality of services for health and public safety, which involves a growing and widespread interest in issues such as water and air quality; rising social and economic costs of management and maintenance services in terms of environmental resources.

Book #14

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KARAMOUZ Mohammad, MORIDI Ali, NAZIF Sara, Urban Water Engineering and Management, CRC Press, 2010.

In past decades, urban water management practices focused on optimizing the design and operation of water distribution networks, wastewater collection systems, and water and wastewater treatment plants. However, municipalities are now faced with aging urban water infrastructures whose operation must be improved and expanded to maintain current high standards of living as well as new challenges such as climate change, systems sustainability and water quality issues. Integrating the latest developments in urban water hydrology and management, Urban Water Engineering and Management takes a system approach to urban water hydrology, engineering, planning and management, supplying examples and case studies and highlighting pressing issues such as urban water governance, disaster management, and climate change impacts on urban areas. The book draws attention to climate change as a main concern of this century by focusing on its impact the components of water cycle.

The book covers modeling of urban water cycle components, urban water supply, and distribution systems demand forecasting. It also presents classical issues, such as design of water distribution networks and wastewater and storm collection in urban settings, from a system’s perspective. The text also includes a discussion of water governance and disaster management in urban areas and the urbanization effects on the environment and the needed water infrastructure development in urban areas. Against this background, the authors discuss the importance of understanding the principles of simulation, optimization, multiple-criterion decision making, and conflict resolution for successful, integrated urban water management. They explore integrated water management and planning solutions for incorporating structural and nonstructural means to achieve the best operational schemes at affordable costs, going beyond using the existing structures and physical limitations on water availability to include technical, social, political, and economic aspects of better water and wastewater management in urban areas.

Written and designed especially for intermediate and advanced courses/modules in water resources in civil and environmental engineering, and in urban planning, the book can be used as a textbook for civil engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, environmental science, and in courses dealing with urban water cycle. It also introduces new horizons for engineers as well as policy and decision makers who plan for future urban water and regional sustainability. Engineers and planners, especially those who work on design, planning, and management of urban systems and/or community development, can use this book in practice because it deals with a broad range of real world urban water problems.