304 pages, 73 Illus
Addressing two distinct aspects of waste landscapes in America - the historic and cultural context of waste and the theories, practices, and concerns of the landscape designers and waste management professionals - Engler reviews the physical evolution of waste sites across the country, scrutinizes perceptions and representations of these landscapes, and highlights attempts to change them.
An engaging book that addresses a difficult subject and bridges a wide range of issues: social taboos and aesthetics, science and art, theory and application. Well researched and well written, Designing America's Waste Landscapes seeks to raise awareness and promote change - both in the design of waste sites and, more broadly, in the way we understand the relationship between the waste we produce and the way we live. - John L. Motloch, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Land Design Institute at Ball State University"
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Mira Engler is an associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University.