Transnational Buildings in Local Environments

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"By focusing on the skyscraping transnational building, this book bridges two key debates on the transformation and emerging problems besetting major cities - globalization and ecological and sustainable building design. While such structures tend to be constructed and/or used by transnational companies and are generally viewed as emblems of a 'global city', they nevertheless impact seriously on their local environment, posing numerous environmental burdens on it." By examining office blocks held by multinational firms in Amsterdam, Sao Paolo and Beijing, the book analyses how transnational buildings might be made sustainable. It compares and contrasts the different social mechanisms that are, or may be, in place and how sustainable building practices that are being activated in certain locations could be adopted elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754643166
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Design and the Built Environment Series
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview 1
2 Globalization and the environmental transformation of metropolitan cities 9
3 The environmental restructuring of urban office buildings 33
4 The ecological modernization of transnational buildings 57
5 Amsterdam 75
6 Sao Paulo 107
7 Beijing 133
8 The environmental glocalization of office buildings 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    Intriguing and well-documented

    This intriguing and well-documented book sets up a question: is there a transnational network of urban environmental management emerging, and can this fact be represented by the new buildings designed for transnational corporations? A clear answer would be arguable, because although some well-known buildings have been designed with environmental concern, modernity based on artificial climate plus high energy consume would argue in contrary. In our transitional period of history new definitions are crucial to the future we intend to build. Thus the debate this well written book engenders on ethics and policies of transnational corporations in the context of Third World development makes it worthwhile reading.

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