Revising Green Infrastructure was published at the end of 2014. Ed Wall and Mike Dring co-wrote a chapter for the book which has evolved from the Designing Nature as Infrastructure conference at the Technical University in Munich (TUM).
The book is edited by Daniel Czechowski, Thomas Hauck and Georg Hausladen with contributions from Greet De Block, Christopher Marcinkoski, Daniela Perrotti, Paul A. Roncken, Sven Stremke, Riccardo Maria Pulselli, Georg Hausladen, Thomas Juel Clemmensen, Matthias Blondia, Erik De Deyn, Sören Schöbel, Ed Wall, Mike Dring, Stefan Kurath, Matthew Skjonsberg, Rieke Hansen, Emily Lorance Rall, Stephan Pauleit, Susanne Kost, Manuel Schweiger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Johann-Christian Hannemann, Christian Werthmann, Eva Nemcova, Bernd Eisenberg, Rossana Poblet, Antje Stokman, Paulo Pellegrino, Jack Ahern, Newton Becker, José Juan Terrasa-Soler, Mery Bingen, Laura Lugo-Caro, Bruno De Meulder and Kelly Shannon.
In the current discourse on sustainability and how to deal with climate change and limited natural resources, a controllable performance is attributed to nature and landscape. The Landscape is seen as a physical object, which is no longer “scenic” or “romantic”, but “productive” and “well-designed”. The capability to generate clean energy and healthy food, to clean water, to store rainwater, to protect against flooding, etc., is based on the idea of controlling processes in ecosystems so that the landscape works as a stable system serving human needs. Green infrastructure should be the technological mean that not only provides ecosystem services, but also ensures their production. “Ecology” as the guiding principle should be the basis for a new technological approach that is more “careful”, “softer” or “holistic” and produces “site specific”, “integrated”, and “multipurpose” infrastructures.
The book offers insight into the current discourse on green infrastructure – how nature could be changed, optimized or designed – on the one hand by crossing the disciplinary boundaries between design, ecology, and engineering and on the other through presenting the different approaches and internal discussions within the field of landscape architecture.
Image: Rendering by James Corner Field Operations, Courtesy of the City of New York