Designing America's Waste Landscapes (Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design)

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9780801878039: Designing America's Waste Landscapes (Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design)

One of the most visible consequences of our society's breakneck level of production and consumption is the increasing amount of land designated as landfill and other waste disposal and processing sites. Often located in marginal areas or adjacent to politically and economically dispossessed communities, these places are usually ignored by mainstream society, as is the garbage that fills them. Even with the greater awareness of the problems of waste disposal inspired by recycling programs and anti-littering ads, we would much rather take the garbage out than think about where its going.

In Designing America's Waste Landscapes, landscape architect and scholar Mira Engler takes a close look at the landfills, recycling and waste transfer centers, and sewage treatment plants that accommodate and redistribute the by-products of consumption. For Engler, waste is not only a pervasive, essential, and constructive process of civilization; it is a key element in the way we consider, order, and shape our landscape. Yet the overwhelmingly negative, defensive perceptions we have of these places―and their marginalization within public debate―limits our ability to respond creatively and effectively to the growing problem of waste disposal.

Engler addresses two distinct aspects of waste landscapes in America: the historic and cultural context of waste and the theories, practices, and concerns of the planners, engineers, landscape designers, and other waste management professionals. She reviews the physical evolution of waste sites across the country, scrutinizes perceptions and representations of these landscapes, and highlights attempts by environmental designers and artists to change public perceptions. Illustrated with more than 70 photographs, maps, drawings, and other images, Designing America's Waste Landscapes is a cogent and compelling inquiry into the scientific, environmental, and aesthetic parameters of cutting-edge waste management technology and design.

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About the Author:

Mira Engler is an associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University.

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"An exposition of the history, aesthetics, etymology, and psychology of waste disposal."

(Choice)

"An engaging book that addresses a difficult subject and bridges a wide range of issues: social taboos and aesthetics, science and art, theory and application. Well researched and well written, Designing America's Waste Landscapes seeks to raise awareness and promote change―both in the design of waste sites and, more broadly, in the way we understand the relationship between the waste we produce and the way we live."

(John L. Motloch, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Land Design Institute at Ball State University)

"Engler brings broad meaning to the value of marginalized places... Stimulating reading."

(Martin V. Melosi Technology and Culture)

"An insightful tour of an overlooked part of the cultural landscape."

(Mark D. Bjelland Professional Geographer)

"Fresh treatment of the 'environmental' problem of human waste and pollution will be relevant for cultural geographers with an interest in nature-society relationships."

(Kendra Strauss Journal of Cultural Geography)

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Descrizione libro JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 2003. Corr 2nd ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. One of the most visible consequences of our society s breakneck level of production and consumption is the increasing amount of land designated as landfill and other waste disposal and processing sites. Often located in marginal areas or adjacent to politically and economically dispossessed communities, these places are usually ignored by mainstream society, as is the garbage that fills them. Even with the greater awareness of the problems of waste disposal inspired by recycling programs and anti-littering ads, we would much rather take the garbage out than think about where its going.In Designing America s Waste Landscapes, landscape architect and scholar Mira Engler takes a close look at the landfills, recycling and waste transfer centers, and sewage treatment plants that accommodate and redistribute the by-products of consumption. For Engler, waste is not only a pervasive, essential, and constructive process of civilization; it is a key element in the way we consider, order, and shape our landscape. Yet the overwhelmingly negative, defensive perceptions we have of these places-and their marginalization within public debate-limits our ability to respond creatively and effectively to the growing problem of waste disposal.Engler addresses two distinct aspects of waste landscapes in America: the historic and cultural context of waste and the theories, practices, and concerns of the planners, engineers, landscape designers, and other waste management professionals. She reviews the physical evolution of waste sites across the country, scrutinizes perceptions and representations of these landscapes, and highlights attempts by environmental designers and artists to change public perceptions. Illustrated with more than 70 photographs, maps, drawings, and other images, Designing America s Waste Landscapes is a cogent and compelling inquiry into the scientific, environmental, and aesthetic parameters of cutting-edge waste management technology and design. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780801878039

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Descrizione libro JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 2003. Corr 2nd ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. One of the physical costs of our society s breakneck consumption, sprawl, and technological innovation and production is the increasing amount of terrain relegated to accommodating the resulting waste and wasted space. These marginal landscapes can be divided into four distinct categories: sinks; ruins or abandoned land; toxic or damaged land; and waste landscapes. Although Professor Engler discusses all four types, she is concerned mostly with waste landscapes - landfills, recycling and waste transfer centers, and sewage treatment plants, as she addresses two distinct aspects of waste landscapes: 1) the historic and cultural context of waste, and 2) the professional planning practices and aesthetic concerns of those who deal with waste and its landscapes. Ultimately, Professor Engler seeks to change our ideas about waste places through her discussion of how landscape design can function within the scientific and technological parameters of safety and environmental concerns to make waste places more central to our thinking and perception. In so doing, she reviews the physical evolution of waste sites, and scrutinizes perceptions and representations of these landscapes, and grounds her ideas in critiques of what environmental designers and artists have done recently with waste places to change public perceptions. Designing America s Waste Landscapes is a pioneering and original work that will appeal to professional planners and landscape designers, and students and scholars in landscape design and planning, environmental studies, urban studies, cultural geography, and even the history of technology. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780801878039

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