Understanding Infrastructure: Guide for Architects and Planners / Edition 1

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Today, a keener awareness of America’s deteriorating infrastructure is emerging. The rebuilding of our public works will require a sensitive knowledge of the technical, environmental, legal, fiscal, and political issues involved in their development. This book is designed to help practicing and emerging professionals in the fields of architecture and urban planning and design gain this knowledge by understanding the basics of what makes a city work. Understanding Infrastructure examines each element of infrastructure—water supply, sewers and storm drainage, solid and hazardous wastes, energy, telecommunication, streets, bridges, waterfront infrastructure, rail/transit and aviation, buses, and parks. The scope and context of each element is discussed, followed by a look at standard and innovative solutions to their maintenance and development, as well as the environmental, legal, and economic considerations involved. Fully referenced so readers can delve into specific topics of interest, Understanding Infrastructure is a definitive work for teachers and students of planning, architecture, and urban design who want to know the practical aspects of how our urban environments function, as well as for professional planners, architects, and urban designers who must work with specialized consultants in the areas of infrastructure planning.

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An introduction to the structure and function of such essential public works as water, power, sewage, communications, transportation, and recreation facilities. Discusses the environmental, legal, and economic aspects of both standard and innovative approaches to development and maintenance. Could be used as a textbook. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471505464
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/2/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

About the author George Rainer, PE, AICP, a principal in the firmof Flack+Kurtz, consulting engineers, has been involved in theinfrastructure design of Roosevelt Island and Battery Park City,New York, including utilities supply, solid waste management, watersupply and sewer systems. He also prepared energy master plans forthe Grand Valley Urbanization Project, Colorado, and for collegecampuses in Tennessee, Massachusetts and New York. He has lecturedat several colleges and developed the course on infrastructure atPratt Institute. About the contributors Samuel I. Schwartz, PE, isChief Engineer and First Deputy Commissioner of the New York CityDepartment of Transportation. He has been overseeing theDepartment's $5 billion, 10-year program to reconstruct New YorkCity's streets and bridges. Nicholas Bellizzi, PE, a trafficengineer and transportation planner, is a principal in The HudsonPartnership. His assignments have included a comprehensivetraffic/transportation study of the George Washington Bridge andits approach areas. Sarelle Weisberg, AIA, is Program Manager forPublic Works in the Department of General Services, New York CityBureau of Building Design and Construction. Anthony Nuciforo is aconsultant in communications technology. He specializes in thedesign and implementation of large-scale telecommunications cablingsystems. Ekkehart Schwarz, AIA, AICP, is President of Schwarz &Zambanini, architects, engineers, and urban designers. He has over15 years' experience in the planning, design and redesign ofstreets infrastructure systems. Adrienne Bresnan, AIA, has servedfor 18 years in the capital projects division of the New York CityDepartment of Parks and Recreation. Since 1988, she has beenprogram manager for landmarks in New York's Department of GeneralServices. Joseph Bresnan, AIA, served for 20 years in New York'sDepartment of Parks and Recreation, where he created thepreservation plans for Central Park and Prospect Park, Brooklyn.Ray Gordon, AIA, is a principal of the firm of Mark A. KatesArchitects. Before that he was project manager of an environmentalsciences firm where he specialized in large-scale waterfrontdevelopment projects. Joseph DePlasco is a writer and historianworking in the Chief Engineer's office, New York City Department ofTransportation.

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Table of Contents

Water Supply (G. Rainer).

Sewers and Storm Drainage (G. Rainer).

Solid and Hazardous Wastes (G. Rainer).

Energy (G. Rainer).

Telecommunications (A. Nuciforo).

Streets (E. Schwarz).

Bridges (S. Schwartz & J. DePlasco).

Waterfront Infrastructure (R. Gordon).

Rail/Transit and Aviation (S. Weisberg).

Buses (N. Bellizzi).

Parks and Recreation (A. Bresnan & J. Bresnan).

Fiscal Concerns (G. Rainer).


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