Redeveloping Industrial Sites: A Guide for Architects, Planners, and Developers

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Wiley, Oct 19, 2010 - Architecture - 328 pages
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The ultimate resource on strategies for redeveloping abandonedurban sites

Architects, urban planners, urban designers, developers, cityofficials, and all those interested in revitalizing theirpost-industrial cities will find the tools they need here.Redeveloping Industrial Sites delivers solutions to complexissues concerning urban planning, design, and financing to reveallessons on ways to successfully convert decaying land and buildingsinto vibrant parks, stimulating cultural destinations, and activecommercial complexes. In addition, carefully chosen real-worldexamples illustrate topics such as sustainability, public policy,and developer know-how to form a complete picture of the elementsinvolved in planning and executing urban redevelopment projects.Redeveloping Industrial Sites:

  • Covers strategies used to turn abandoned industrial sites intovibrant new neighborhoods and special districts such as Toronto'sDistillery District and Philadelphia's Piazza at Schmidts

  • Emphasizes design and economic issues that urban planners andcity officials need to plan successful projects as well as managespontaneous neighborhood transformations such as loftconversions

  • Includes case studies of a variety of redevelopments from acrossNorth America and Europe ranging from large projects such as NewYork's Hudson River Park and Amsterdam's harbor to the small, butimportant neighborhood regenerators such as Baltimore's AmericanBrewery Building for Humanim

  • Examines how cities from Minneapolis, Minnesota to North Adams,Massachusetts, to Swansea, Wales harnessed the forces of tourismand art to transform their mills and harbors

Providing historical context as well as current perspective,Redeveloping Industrial Sites offers clear direction on repurposingderelict and polluted wastelands and warehouses into vital, livingextensions of their communities.

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About the author (2010)

Carol Berens is a vice president with the Empire State Development Corporation in New York City. An architect and developer, Berens manages land development of upstate New York mixed-used communities as well as the sale and development of state-owned land. She is the author of the book Hotel Bars and Lobbies, as well as articles on design and urban issues.

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