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.

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Book #11

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FARR Douglas, Sustainable Urbanism. Urban Design with Nature, Wiley, 2007.

Written by the chair of the LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) initiative, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature is both an urgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to “sustainable urbanism”–the emerging and growing design reform movement that combines the creation and enhancement of walkable and diverse places with the need to build high-performance infrastructure and buildings.
Providing a historic perspective on the standards and regulations that got us to where we are today in terms of urban lifestyle and attempts at reform, Douglas Farr makes a powerful case for sustainable urbanism, showing where we went wrong, and where we need to go. He then explains how to implement sustainable urbanism through leadership and communication in cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Essays written by Farr and others delve into such issues as:

  • Increasing sustainability through density.
  • Integrating transportation and land use.
  • Creating sustainable neighborhoods, including housing, car-free areas, locally-owned stores, walkable neighborhoods, and universal accessibility.
  • The health and environmental benefits of linking humans to nature, including walk-to open spaces, neighborhood stormwater systems and waste treatment, and food production.
  • High performance buildings and district energy systems.

Enriching the argument are in-depth case studies in sustainable urbanism, from BedZED in London, England and Newington in Sydney, Australia, to New Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California and Dongtan, Shanghai, China. An epilogue looks to the future of sustainable urbanism over the next 200 years.
At once solidly researched and passionately argued, Sustainable Urbanism is the ideal guidebook for urban designers, planners, and architects who are eager to make a positive impact on our–and our descendants’–buildings, cities, and lives.

Book #8

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BADALUCCO Laura, CHIAPPONI Medardo, Energia e design. Innovazioni di prodotto per la sostenibilità energetica, Roma, Carocci, 2009.

In the field of Industrial Design the theme of energy requires to critically consider consumption, quantity and quality of materials, and also proper and effective communication of these issues.

This involves two distinct activities:

  • Reworking of existing products;
  • Development of innovative types.

The book describes the contribution of Industrial Design in achieving both the energy efficiency goals and development in use of renewable energy. Through significant case studies, the book deals with product innovation, emerging technologies and tools used by designing to address the needs expressed by energy sustainability.

Book #4

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CALORI Andrea, MAGARINI Andrea (eds), Food and the Cities. Politiche del cibo per città sostenibili, Edizioni Ambiente, 2015.

As of 2008, more than half of the world’s population lives in a city. This is an unprecedented moment in human history, heralding new opportunities with respect to the sustainability of food systems on a local, regional, and global scale. Urbanized areas concentrate the vast majority of food consumption, and it is in cities that the political decision-makers, organizations, and infrastructures that impact global food systems all collide. Food and the Cities recounts the experiences of different cities such as Almere, Amsterdam, Bristol, Ghent, London, Malmö, Milan, Melbourne, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, and dozens of others around the world. Each of them has adopted policies on food-related issues, confronting problems of governance, local production, access, education, reduction of wastes and environmental impacts, and support for the agro-ecosystem, in the process creating more comprehensive urban food strategies. Continue reading

Book #2

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ABBOTT John, Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa, Routledge, 2012.

This book shows for the first time how green infrastructure can work in an African urban context. On one level it provides a major rethinking of the role of infrastructure in urban society since the creation of networked infrastructure in the early twentieth century. On another, it explores the changing paradigms of urban development through the fundamental question of how decisions are made.

With a focus on Africa’s fast-growing secondary towns, where 70 per cent of the urban population live, the book explains how urban infrastructure provides the key to the relationship between economic development and social equity, through the mediation of natural resources. Adopting this view enables investment to be channelled more effectively to provide the engine for economic growth, while providing equitable services for all residents. At the same time, the mediation of resource flows integrates the metabolism of the city into the wider ecosystem. This vision leads to a new way of thinking about infrastructure, giving clear definition to the concept of green infrastructure.

On the basis of research gathered throughout an extensive career, John Abbott draws in particular from his experience in Ethiopia to demonstrate the ways in which infrastructure needs to respond to the economies, societies and natural environments of twenty-first century urban Africa.