Construction in Cities: Social, Environmental, Political, and Economic Concerns

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Construction professionals must not only be technically able to build, but must be able to build amid a variety of adverse forces that have more power today than ever before: environmental, political, economic, and social. Each chapter of this book addresses aspects of these forc es and how they can shape, stop, and propel projects. Construction in Cities provides construction professional with knowledge of the issues they are likely to confront and how to deal with them by formulating an advance strategy for mitigating adverse, non-construction issues.

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These 17 chapters outline solutions for unexpected difficulties in urban construction<-->from archeological finds to dying trees and toxic air. Contributors include academics, consultants, government officials, and managers with private companies. They show how environmental, political, and social factors affect construction projects, explain how to develop a strategic plan to minimize their adverse effects, and explore common issues related to construction in a litigious society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849374869
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/2000
  • Series: Civil Engineering - Advisors Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Not Just Bricks and Mortar
The Challenges of Constructing Major Tunnels in Central London
How Things You Can't See Can Cause Problems
The Contest with Groundwater for Underground Space
Mobilization for a Tunnel Project in an Urban Environment
Siting the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant
Getting Along with the Existing Infrastructure
Exterior Wall Renovation in Urban Areas
Community Relations and Urban Design: The New York Psychiatric Institute Case Study
Building under a City Street
We've Got an Historic Landmark, Now What Do We Do?
Turning Archaeological Problems into Assets
Trees in Urban Construction
Building for High Performance
Construction Labor in the Urban Setting
Women in Construction
University of Washington Case Study
Appendix: The International Perspective

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