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Kelly Shannon, Marcel Smets

The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure

Design: Piet Gerards Ontwerpers, Illustrated (colour), Hardback, 272 pages, size: 23,5 x 28 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-720-1, € 59.50
January 2010

With the support of the Netherlands Architecture Fund and the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation and the Vlaamse Commissie voor Architectuur en Beeldende Kunst

The Landscape of Contemporary InfrastructureAround the globe the importance of infrastructure as the motor of economic development is rising owing to increasing mobility and the need to make urban territories accessible. As a result, infrastructure networks are among the most complex and significant design tasks today.

This book investigates how the design of infrastructure actively influences the organization of the inhabited landscape. Works of infrastructure are analyzed as footprints of civilization, as physical presence, as transformers of perception, and as new vessels of collective life. The authors identify these characteristics, together with the conditions that influence them, and suggest a typology of design attitudes as revealed in recent practice around the world.

Each chapter is illustrated with key works by some of the world’s most inspiring designers, including Vito Acconci, Paul Andreu, Benthem Crouwel, Dietmar Feichtinger, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Antoine Grumbach, Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki, Bruno Mader, Maxwan, Montgomery Sisam, OMA, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, UN Studio, and Zwarts & Jansma.

The authors demonstrate how the combined creative potential of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design is essential to putting into place an efficient, modern infrastructure. The result is an indispensable instrument for everyone involved in the design of infrastructure, and for all observers of the contemporary city.

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