Next Generation Infrastructure

Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

Authors: Brown, Hillary

  • Includes five key principles of next-generation infrastructure that provide a clear roadmap for improving our failing systems
  • Highlights global examples of successful multi-purpose, resilient, and low-carbon infrastructure projects
  • Infrastructure in the United States is in desperate need of repair and change, especially in light of a changing climate. In 2013, the system received a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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About this book

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 mass transit; curtailed gas supplies; and destroyed streets, buildings, and whole neighborhoods.

Next Generation Infrastructure takes a critical but ultimately hopeful look at how our infrastructure networks can be made more efficient, less environmentally damaging, and more resilient. Brown argues that, if we’re to chart a course for global sustainability, we must begin to design, regulate, and finance infrastructure that decouples carbon-intensive and ecologically harmful technologies from critical infrastructure systems, namely the essential systems for contemporary society: water, wastewater, power, solid waste, transportation, and communication. The book 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.

Brown encourages us to envision infrastructure within a larger economic, environmental, and social context, and to share resources across systems, reducing costs and extending benefits. This is a must read for professionals and students interested in a more resilient urban future including urban designers, architects, urban planners, urban policymakers, landscape architects, and engineers.

About the authors

Hillary Brown, FAIA, is Principal of the firm New Civic Works and Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Previously, as a New York City Assistant Commissioner, Brown was Founding Director of NYC’s Office of Sustainable Design. Brown led publication of the nationally recognized City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. She currently serves on the National Research Council of the National Academies’ Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Brown has served on both the national and New York Chapter Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and is a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Bold Endeavors Needed

    Brown, Hillary

    Pages 1-15

  • Toward Infrastructural Ecologies: Interconnected, Multipurpose, and Synergistic Systems

    Brown, Hillary

    Pages 17-39

  • Greening Heat and Power: An Integrated Approach to Decarbonizing Energy

    Brown, Hillary

    Pages 41-68

  • Advancing Soft-Path Water Infrastructure: Combined Constructed and Natural Systems

    Brown, Hillary

    Pages 69-96

  • Destigmatizing Infrastructure: Design of Community-Friendly Facilities

    Brown, Hillary

    Pages 97-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Next Generation Infrastructure
Book Subtitle
Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Hillary Brown
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-202-0
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-202-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 250
Topics