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About this book
About this book
Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration presents a comprehensive account of UK policies, processes and practices in brownfield regeneration and takes an integrated and theoretically-grounded approach to highlight best practice.
Brownfield regeneration has become a major policy driver in developed countries. It is estimated that there are 64,000 hectares of brownfield land in England, much of which presents severe environmental challenges and lies alongside some of the most deprived communities in the country. Bringing such land back into active use has taken on a new urgency among policymakers, developers and other stakeholders in the development process. Frequently, however, policy thinking and practice has been underpinned by 'silo' mentalities, in which integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving have been limited.
The book has two principal aims. The first is to examine the ways in which science and social science research disciplines can be brought together to help solve important brownfield regeneration issues, with a focus on the UK. The second is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of different types of regeneration policy and practice, and to show how 'liveable spaces' can be produced from 'problem places'. The Thames Gateway in the south of England and Greater Manchester in the North of England are shown as examples of how brownfield regeneration projects are developing in an era where sustainability is high on the policy agenda.
Contents PART 1 INTRODUCTION 1 Introduction 2 Researching Sustainability: The Possibilities and Limitations of Cross-cutting Research in the Urban Environment PART 2 REGENERATION 3 Democracy, Trust and Risk Related to Contaminated Sites in the UK 4 Actor Networks: The Brownfield Merry-Go-Round 5 Heroes or Villains? The Role of the UK Property Development Industry in Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration 6 Delivering Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Community-Building in London and Manchester PART 3 REMEDIATION 7 Greening Brownfield Land 8 Novel Special-purpose Composts for Sustainable Remediation 9 Robust Sustainable Technical Solutions 10 'The Creature Lurks Within?' Restoring Acid Tar Lagoons PART 4 JOINED-UP SOLUTIONS 11 Climate Change, Pollutant Linkage and Brownfield Regeneration 12 Evaluating the Sustainability of Brownfield Redevelopment Projects 13 Is Brown the New Green? Index
Tim Dixon, Professor of Real Estate, Co-Director of Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University David Lerner, Head of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield Mike Raco, Lecturer in Economic Geography, University of Reading Philip Catney, Research Associate, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
378 pages, 85 illus
The list of authors is impressive and the writing styles are good. Building Engineer, April 2008 This book applies a timely and original approach to addressing the problems and opportunities of brownfield regeneration. It sets out future policy needs and adopts a prescriptive, practice-relevant approach. A key strength is that it not only addresses technical issues, but also ‘softer' issues such as community participation, governance, social equity and communication/knowledge transfer, showing how these are critical to the effective implementation of regeneration solutions. (Urban Studies, April 2010)