Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land

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Overview

The US. EPA defines brownfields as "idle real property, the development or improvement of which is impaired by real or perceived contamination." The authors of Principles of Brownfield Regeneration argue that, compared to "greenfields"-farmland, forest, or pasturelands that have never been developed-brownfields offer a more sustainable land development choice. They believe that brownfields are central to a sustainable planning strategy of thwarting sprawl, preserving or regenerating open space, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reinvesting in urbanized areas.

 

This is the first book to provide an accessible introduction to the design, policy, and technical issues related to brownfield redevelopment. After defining brownfields and advocating for their redevelopment, the book describes the steps for cleaning up a site and creating viable land for development or open space. Land use and design considerations are addressed in a separate chapter and again in each of five case studies that make up the heart of the volume: The Steel Yard, Providence, RI; Assunpink Greenway, Trenton, NJ; June Key Community Center Demonstration Project, Portland, OR; Eastern Manufacturing Facility, Brewer, ME; and The Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, OR. Throughout, the authors draw on interviews with people involved in brownfield projects as well as on their own considerable expertise.

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Editorial Reviews

Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Intense interest in brownfields has produced many technical books on remediation. Principles of Brownfield Regeneration (its title a nod to John Lyle's regenerative approach) aims to be 'a brief, concise, clear primer' to guide professionals, officials, and activists in planning brownfield projects. For the most part, it succeeds very well. . . . Several landscape architecture firms are making good livings from brownfields. . . . Many more landscape professionals could get involved, but lack the basics to take the plunge. This book provides a real service, an economic opportunity in hard times. . . . Without explicitly saying so, Principles of Brownfield Regeneration is an extremely timely condemnation of bottom-line values, lacking creativity or civic conscience, that accept land dereliction as a normal cost of doing business."
Planning

"Anyone who needs to get up to speed on brownfields will wear this book out."
Journal of Planning Education and Research

"In essence, the pragmatic nature of this book enables a quick read for anyone wishing to become familiar with brownfields. While the target audiences for the book includes planning students at undergraduate and graduate levels and people new to the field of planning and development, the book's readability applies to a broader audience. However, for academics well versed in brownfield remediation, this book provides little in the way of new information or rigorous methodology. Nevertheless, the book succeeds in its aim of explaining brownfield remediation in an accessible manner."
Professor of Urban Planning and Real Estate, Cleveland State University - Robert Simons

"This concise, accessible book is packed with updated information, web links, and insights from the field. It demystifies common pollutants and remediation processes, and elucidates the strategies behind brownfield redevelopment and site design. Nice diagrams and photos appear throughout, and the case studies are diverse, non-technical, and interesting."
Journal of Planning Education and Research - Jesse D. Saiginor

"In essence, the pragmatic nature of this book enables a quick read for anyone wishing to become familiar with blownfields. While the target audiences for the book includes planning students at undergraduate and graduate levels and people new to the field of planning and development, the book's readability applies to a broader audience. However, for academics well versed in brownfield remediation, this book provides little in the way of new information or rigorous methodology. Nevertheless, the book succeeds in its aim of explaining brownfield remediation in an accessible manner."
Journal of Urban Design

"An interesting read and one that is a pleasure to recommend."
President and CEO, Clean Land Fund - William J. Penn

"This book presents a comprehensive roadmap for redeveloping brownfields in the twenty-first century. The authors take the reader through the process from A to Z, identify potential pitfalls, and provide practical case studies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597267229
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Justin B. Hollander, AICP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the author of  Polluted and Dangerous: America's Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can Be Done About Them.

 

Niall G. Kirkwood FASLA is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology and Director for the Center for Technology and Environment inat the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University He is the author of Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape.

 

Julia L. Gold is the Assistant Director of Renewable Energy and Green Jobs at Bristol Community College.  She recently received a Master's in Arts from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Approaching Brownfield Redevelopment 7

Chapter 3 Remediation 21

Chapter 4 Land Use and Design Considerations 51

Chapter 5 Case Studies 65

The Steel Yard, Providence, Rhode Island 68

Assunpink Greenway, Trenton, New Jersey 80

June Key Community Center Demonstration Project, Portland, Oregon 91

Eastern Manufacturing Facility, Brewer, Maine 98

The Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, Oregon 110

Additional Resources 121

Notes 125

Index 129

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