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Infrastructure Sustainability and Design

1st Edition

Edited by Spiro N. Pollalis, Andreas Georgoulias, Stephen J. Ramos, Daniel Schodek


350 pages

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You're overseeing a large-scale project, but you're not an engineering or construction specialist, and so you need an overview of the related sustainability concerns and processes. To introduce you to the main issues, experts from the fields of engineering, planning, public health, environmental design, architecture, and landscape architecture review current sustainable large-scale projects, the roles team members hold, and design approaches, including alternative development and financing structures. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainability within infrastructural systems, such as those for energy, water, and waste, so that you know what's possible. And best of all, they present here for the first time the Zofnass Environmental Evaluation Methodology guidelines, which will help you and your team improve infrastructure design, engineering, and construction.


"This book is brilliantly conceived and well needed internationally. Up to now the focus has been on individual sustainable building – a book of this scope dealing with the infrastructure on which most of them will depend for the foreseeable future is long overdue."George Baird, Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"This book is a comprehensive guide to the unique challenges associated with planning, design, construction, operation, and eventual decommissioning of the complex infrastructure systems that are essential to sustaining civilization. It is a useful reference for industry professionals and government officials, as well as a valuable framework for continued academic research."Thomas Vautin, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Environmental Services, Harvard University, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Zofnass Introduction: Sustainability: A Broad Perspective Spiro Pollalis and Dan Schodek Part 1: Dimensions of Sustainability 1. Climate Change and Infrastructure Richard John 2. Resource Allocation Gregory Norris 3. Infrastructure and Nature: Reciprocal Effects and Patterns for our Future Richard T.T. Forman 4. Quality of Life Anthony Kane 5. Sustainable Wellness: The Convergence of Social and Ecological Wellbeing Alexios Monopolis Part 2: Sustainable Practices in Infrastructure Systems 6. Water Infrastructure and Sustainability Systems Tom A. Pedersen 7. The Evolution of Urban Water and Energy Infrastructure Systems John Norton Jr. 8. Sustainability Aspects of Large-Scale Wind Power Development George C. Kendrick 9. Sustainable Solid Waste Infrastructure Mike W. McLaughlin 10. Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Susannah Kerr Adler et al. 11. Transportation: Aviation/Airports James S. Grant et al. 12. Sustainability in Ports, Freights and Logistics Erin Hyland and Joe Bryan 13. Ecological Infrastructure Christopher Benosky and Shaun O'Rourke Part 3: Assessing Urban Infrastructures 14. Issues in Assessing Urban Infrastructures The Zofnass Program Team 15. Current Environmental Evaluation Approaches The Zofnass Program Team 16. The Zofnass Rating System for Infrastructure Sustainability and Decision-Making Andreas Georgoulias and Jill Allen 17. Economic Assessments of the Value of Sustainability John Williams et al. Part 4: Design and Planning for Infrastructure Sustainability 18. Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future? Amy Edmondson et al. 19. Intelligent Infrastructures Dimitris Papanikolaou 20. Landscape Infrastructure: Urbanism Beyond Engineering Pierre Bélanger 21. Shaping the Built Environment and Infrastructure to Improve our Quality of Life Bill Valentine 22. Why Ecological Urbanism? Why Now? Mohsen Mostafavi

About the Editors

Spiro N. Pollalis is Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School, practices as urban planner, and is the Chairman of the public company for the redevelopment of the site of the old Athens Airport in Greece.

Andreas Georgoulias is Lecturer at the Harvard Design School, where he teaches and researches sustainable development.

Stephen J. Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

Daniel L. Schodek is the Kumagai Research Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Design School, where he taught from 1969 until 2008.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Project Management
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Codes & Standards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
TRANSPORTATION / Public Transportation