Next Generation Infrastructure
7 x 10
23 photos, 7 illustrations
7 x 10
23 photos, 7 illustrations
The 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis-St. Paul quickly became symbolic of the debilitated interstate highway system—and of what many critics see as America’s disinvestment in its infrastructure. The extreme vulnerability of single-purpose, aging infrastructure was highlighted once again when Hurricane Sandy churned its way across the northeast United States. Inundating New York City’s vital arteries, floodwaters overwhelmed tunnels and sewers; closed bridges; shut down the electrical substations that control mass transit; curtailed gas supplies; and destroyed streets, buildings, and whole neighborhoods. For days and on into weeks, failures triggered by floodwaters deprived millions of electricity, heat, and water services.
How can our complex, interdependent utilities support an urbanizing world, subject to carbon constraints and the impacts of climate change? How might these critical networks be made more efficient, less environmentally damaging, and more resilient? Such questions are at the heart of the approaches and initiatives explored in Next Generation Infrastructure. With a better understanding of the possible connections between different services, not only can inadvertent disruptions be reduced, but crosscutting benefits and lower costs will be possible. Next Generation Infrastructure highlights hopeful examples from around the world, ranging from the Mount Poso cogeneration plant in California to urban rainwater harvesting in Seoul, South Korea, to the multi-purpose Marina Barrage project in Singapore. Five bold organizing objectives are proposed that, in the hands of decision-makers and designers, will help bring about a future of multipurpose, low-carbon, resilient infrastructure that is tightly coordinated with natural and social systems.
In their conception and design, the innovative projects highlighted in Next Generation Infrastructure encourage us to envision infrastructure within a larger economic, environmental, and social context, and to share resources across systems, reducing costs and extending benefits. Through this systems approach to lifeline services, we can begin to move toward a more resilient future.
"Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works is an inspiring argument for infrastructure that behaves like nature."
ASLA's The Dirt
"Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works is a journey through Brown’s lively and facile mind. She has cataloged and taxonomized many public works throughout the world that harness innovative, sustainable methods and practices."
AIA NY's e-Oculus
"Landscape architects who work with infrastructure projects will appreciate the broad look the author Hillary Brown takes at what’s needed to make infrastructure work in the modern world."
Landscape Architecture Magazine
"[Next Generation Infrastructure] argues that even in the absence of federal will, we can reduce our carbons, protect our resources, plan for climate change and improve our milieu, all while saving money and reaping greater social benefits."
Living on Earth blog
"Hillary Brown understands that—for our grandchildren's sake—we must rebuild America and, in doing so, re-imagine our interconnected infrastructure systems to make them more efficient, environmentally safe, and resilient in this age of global urbanization. This fascinating and important book should be required reading for our elected officials and policy-makers."
Felix Rohatyn, Former Chairman, Municipal Assistance Corporation
"Next Generation Infrastructure is a forward-thinking manifesto; a gold mine of useful examples of infrastructural solutions from around the globe. This is a must read for anyone concerned about our urban futures."
Adele Naude Santos, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture + Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"America's ability to realize its full competitive potential and address its super-sized economic, social, and environmental challenges depends fundamentally on getting infrastructure right. This book reveals the enormous variety in how different sectors of infrastructure are designed, financed, governed and, as importantly, how it all works together."
Robert Puentes, Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution
"The bottom line-this is bold thinking about how to confront a looming problem of outdated and failing infrastructure systems that, if unresolved, could cripple the U.S. economy and lifestyle...Brown presents a positive and optimistic way forward, firmly grounded in current experience, pragmatic principles, and workable technology. If widely read, Next Generation Infrastructure can provide invaluable inspiration and guidance for next-generation decision makers."
Foreword \ David W. Orr
Chapter 1. Introduction: Bold Endeavors Needed
Chapter 2. Toward Infrastructural Ecologies: Interconnected, Multipurpose, and Synergistic Systems
Chapter 3. Greening Heat and Power: An Integrated Approach to Decarbonizing Energy
Chapter 4. Advancing Soft Path Water Infrastructure: Combined Constructed and Natural Systems
Chapter 5. De-Stigmatizing Infrastructure: Design of Community–Friendly Facilities
Chapter 6. Creating Resilient Coastlines and Waterways: Hard and Soft Constructions
Chapter 7. Combating Water Stress and Scarcity: Augmented Sources and Improved Storage
Chapter 8. Ways Forward: Think Systematically, Experiment Locally
Monday, April 4 at 4:00 pm
The Urban Land Institute, Metro & The Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure presents “Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions,” an event series that will examine the effects of climate change on the region’s infrastructure and how investments in sustainable energy, water, transportation, and waste management can address urgent environmental challenges and foster healthy and livable communities.
In Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works, Hillary Brown highlights how land use professionals can adapt holistic approaches and systems-thinking to make smarter decisions about revamping outdated infrastructure. Register for an interactive session with Hillary and local leaders about her new book and a vision for the future of infrastructure.
$20 for ULI members/$30 for non-members. More details here.
Tuesday, April 5 at 3:30 pm.
In Next Generation Infrastructure, Hillary Brown highlights how land use professionals can adapt holistic approaches and systems-thinking to make smarter decisions about revamping outdated infrastructure. Register for an interactive session with Hillary about her new book and vision for the future of infrastructure.
$20 for ULI members/$30 for non-members. Register by Monday, April 4. More details here.
We use enormous amounts of energy to build, inhabit, and move around our communities—and most of that energy still comes from fossil fuels. Join us for a conversation with three long-time national leaders in urban sustainability: Alicia Daniels Uhlig (International Living Future Institute), Hillary Brown, FAIA (City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture; author, Next Generation Infrastructure), and Warren Karlenzig (Common Current; author, How Green Is Your City?). Hosted by Post Carbon Institute’s Daniel Lerch (author, Post Carbon Cities), in this webinar we’ll explore the findings of the new Island Press book Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy—and what the implications are for community planning and design in the 21st century.