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Book #22


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


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.

Note #1

If architects asset that signs and information are more important than infrastructure, why would bureaucrats or politicians disagree? As much as they have been excluded from the development of the city, architects themselves have retreated from questions of function, implementation, technique, finance, and material practice. And while architects are relatively powerless to provoke the changes necessary to generate renewed investment in infrastructure, they can begin to redirect their own imaginative and technical efforts toward the questions of infrastructure. A toolbox of new and existing procedures can be expanded by reference to architecture’s traditional alliance with territorial organization and functionality.

Stan Allen, 1999: 51-52


ALLEN Stan, “Infrastructural Urbanism”, in ID., Points + Lines. Diagrams and Projects for the City, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999, pp. 48-57.

Book #18


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


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


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 #13


HAMADA Masanori (ed), Critical Urban Infrastructure Handbook, CRC Press, 2014.

Urban lifelines are buried or aboveground network systems used for water, sewerage, gas, power, and telecommunications. Dedicated to preserving the functions of lifeline systems against natural disasters, the Critical Urban Infrastructure Handbook is a vital compilation of urban utility management. This text utilizes the input of leading experts who have extensive experience with natural disasters, and provides a better understanding of the technical and legal framework of infrastructure construction and operation.

Examine the Damage Data of Urban Lifelines Suffered by Seismic Disasters

The book addresses water supply and sewerage, power, gas, telecommunications joint utility corridor lifeline facilities, and other critical civil infrastructure lifelines. It emphasizes the importance of the resilience of lifeline systems against natural disasters in protecting human lives and supporting survivors of disasters as well as in promptly recovering and reconstructing the affected areas. In addition, it also describes the structural damage of nodes and links, as well as the functional damage of the lifeline system from the viewpoint of disaster prevention and mitigation measures.

This valuable work consists of 24 chapters in four sections covering:

  • Design and construction of various lifeline facilities
  • Maintenance
  • Disaster management
  • Environmental protection
  • Disaster and emergency recovery measures
  • Urban planning
  • Life cycle costing
  • GIS analysis of lifeline systems
  • Computerized integrated management systems
  • New materials and technologies

Representing the State of the Art in Urban Lifeline Engineering, the book comprehensively describes common issues of lifeline systems, and provides practical information to engineers and industry professionals involved in the planning, construction, and maintenance of lifeline systems.

Book #12


GALLOWAY Colin, MACCLEERY Rachel, HAMMERSCHMIDT Sara, Infrastructure 2014. Shaping the Competitive City, Urban Land Institute, 2014.

In a global marketplace, how do real estate developers and investors who could put their money nearly anywhere think about infrastructure? And how do city leaders use infrastructure to position their cities – relative to other cities regionally, nationally, and internationally – for real estate investment and economic development? This report, based on a survey conducted in January 2014 of real estate and public leaders from around the world, explores the role that infrastructure plays in shaping the future of cities and metropolitan areas.

Book #10


EASTERLING Keller, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, Verso, 2014.

Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it’s the key to power – and resistance – in the twenty-first century.
Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us – free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and shopping malls. Extrastatecraft charts the emergent new powers controlling this space and shows how they extend beyond the reach of government.

Keller Easterling explores areas of infrastructure with the greatest impact on our world – examining everything from standards for the thinness of credit cards to the urbanism of mobile telephony, the world’s largest shared platform, to the “free zone,” the most virulent new world city paradigm. In conclusion, she proposes some unexpected techniques for resisting power in the modern world.

Extrastatecraft will change the way we think about urban spaces – and how we live in them.