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Understanding Infrastructure: Guide for Architects and Plannersby George Rainer
Synopses & Reviews
Urban Water Infrastructure Planning, Management, and Operations Neil S. Grigg " discusses the factors that lead to effective management of water systems in urban areas." —Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation Unique in its orientation for managers, Urban Water Infrastructure focuses on the productive management of urban water systems by laying out its discussion in terms of the system as a whole, how a systems component elements work together, how much they cost to build and operate, and the sociopolitical forces that guide the productive operation. This easily accessible reference is aimed at engineers, planners, and managers, teaching both the theoretical and practical aspects of urban water management. 1986 (0 471-82914-5) 328 pp. A Guide to Site and Environmental Planning Third Edition Harvey M. Rubenstein "Perhaps the strongest feature of the book is the inclusive, comprehensive, and logical analysis within each of the chapters All in all, I can highly recommend this book to anyone engaged in site planning, or interested in site plans developed by others." —Landscape Planning This Third Edition incorporates pertinent research of the past decade and presents an approach to design based on factual information that enables creative talent to be used to its utmost advantage. Chapters follow phases used in the development of a site plan and include extensive information on: site selection, resource analysis, land use, storm drainage, alignment of horizontal and vertical curves, specifications, sports facilities and play-grounds, rooftop gardens, residential development concepts, and much more. 1987 (0 471-85033-0) 410 pp. Infrastructure Engineering and Management Neil Grigg Here is the first technical and management book to focus on solutions to complex, large-scale problems involving major infrastructure projects. The wide-ranging text covers such systems as roads and streets, water and wastewater, waste management, buildings and structures, and energy facilities. Infrastructure Engineering and Management gives an in-depth knowledge of several key subjects relating technology to management: planning, programming, and budgeting; finance, organization, and private sector involvement; operations and maintenance; project management; and research needs. 1988 (0 471-84974-X) 380 pp.
Book News Annotation:
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)
Today, a keener awareness of Americas 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.
Provides the facts that design professionals need in order to make major decisions in the development of urban spaces and buildings. The nature, structure and function of the various lifelines and facilities that constitute the urban infrastructure are described in detail. Each chapter covers a single issue including background information, presents both standard and innovative solutions, and takes into account environmental, legal and economic considerations. Contains a directory of resources. Illustrated with drawings and photographs.
About the Author
About the author George Rainer, PE, AICP, a principal in the firm of Flack+Kurtz, consulting engineers, has been involved in the infrastructure design of Roosevelt Island and Battery Park City, New York, including utilities supply, solid waste management, water supply and sewer systems. He also prepared energy master plans for the Grand Valley Urbanization Project, Colorado, and for college campuses in Tennessee, Massachusetts and New York. He has lectured at several colleges and developed the course on infrastructure at Pratt Institute. About the contributors Samuel I. Schwartz, PE, is Chief Engineer and First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. He has been overseeing the Department's $5 billion, 10-year program to reconstruct New York City's streets and bridges. Nicholas Bellizzi, PE, a traffic engineer and transportation planner, is a principal in The Hudson Partnership. His assignments have included a comprehensive traffic/transportation study of the George Washington Bridge and its approach areas. Sarelle Weisberg, AIA, is Program Manager for Public Works in the Department of General Services, New York City Bureau of Building Design and Construction. Anthony Nuciforo is a consultant in communications technology. He specializes in the design and implementation of large-scale telecommunications cabling systems. Ekkehart Schwarz, AIA, AICP, is President of Schwarz & Zambanini, architects, engineers, and urban designers. He has over 15 years' experience in the planning, design and redesign of streets infrastructure systems. Adrienne Bresnan, AIA, has served for 18 years in the capital projects division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Since 1988, she has been program manager for landmarks in New York's Department of General Services. Joseph Bresnan, AIA, served for 20 years in New York's Department of Parks and Recreation, where he created the preservation plans for Central Park and Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Ray Gordon, AIA, is a principal of the firm of Mark A. Kates Architects. Before that he was project manager of an environmental sciences firm where he specialized in large-scale waterfront development projects. Joseph DePlasco is a writer and historian working in the Chief Engineer's office, New York City Department of Transportation.
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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