Geo–Space Urban Design

  • ID: 2211643
  • Book
  • 400 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Visit any large metropolitan area in the world, and you′ll feel the urgent need for innovative solutions to the many problems that face the modern urban center.

Geo–Space Urban Design offers a revolutionary proposal that will lead future urban growth quite literally in a different direction down. Gideon Golany and Toshio Ojima clearly demonstrate that subsurface urban expansion is not only practical and feasible, but also that it can reverse many of the negative effects normally associated with urban expansion. They present a comprehensive and systematic plan for developing underground spaces for transportation, delivery systems, infrastructure, residences, shopping and commercial spaces, and social and cultural activities. The authors focus on integrating geo–space with existing above–ground structures and offer well–illustrated examples of specific design theories and methods. They also anticipate a variety of contingent issues, such as land ownership, legal rights, and psychological adjustment to underground living and working.

Three case studies of Japanese projects that use underground space for shopping, transportation, and infrastructure explore the entire spectrum of issues surrounding the design, construction, and ongoing operation of the facility, including form, function, and efficiency; health, safety, and comfort; legal issues; and special management and security considerations. Geo–space projects in Montreal and Paris are also examined.

Geo–Space Urban Design appeals to a broad range of professionals, all of whom have important roles to play in the creation and operation of the cities of the future. For urban designers, architects, and civil and architectural engineers, this book offers both an eye–opening vision and a challenge to create viable spaces that will revolutionize urban life; landscape architects, geographers, and environmentalists will find opportunities to redefine the relationship between society and the natural world; and psychologists, social scientists, and government officials will discover new levels of human adaptability, interaction, and cooperation.

In this revolutionary book, two leading figures explain how geo–space design and construction will enable urban planners to cope with the most difficult challenges posed by the continued expansion of metropolitan areas, including

  • Land preservation conserving precious agricultural land in the face of rapid urban expansion
  • High urban land prices making economical use of limited space in urban centers with soaring property values
  • Efficient urban scale shrinking overextended and inefficient utility networks
  • Response to stressful climate reducing energy consumption in regions subject to extremes of hot or cold weather

The authors explore every facet of geo–space and point out the challenges and opportunities these projects will hold for urban designers, architects, civil engineers, architectural engineers, landscape architects, geographers, environmentalists, psychologists, social scientists, and government officials.

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Geo–Space City Land–Use.

Slope Geo–Space Habitat Design.

Japanese Geo–Space Shopping Centers.

Geo–Space Transportation Facilities in Japan.

Japanese Geo–Space Infrastructural System.

International Uses of Geo–Space: Indigenous and Contemporary Examples.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography.

Index.
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GIDEON S. GOLANY, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Urban Design in the Department of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in geo–space design, urban design with climate, and new–town planning. Professor Golany has received numerous awards for his pioneering work in urban design and historical research, including a National Academy of Science Award and several Fulbright Research Awards. A prolific author and editor, he has published 25 previous books, including Ethics and Urban Design, Urban Underground Space Design in China: Vernacular and Modern Practice and Earth–Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisia: Ancient Lessons for Modern Design.

TOSHIO OJIMA, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Architecture at Waseda University, Tokyo, where he is also Director of the Advanced Research Center of Science and Engineering. He specializes in urban environmental planning, district heating and cooling, infrastructure, facility management, and remote sensing. Dr. Ojima is a prominent scholar and one of Japan′s leading experts in design of the infrastructure. He has received awards from the Architectural Institute of Japan and The Society of Heating, Air–Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan. He has written ten previous books, most recently, Object to Development of Tokyo Bay Area.
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