Infrastructure Landscape : Case Studies by SWA Gerdo Aquino and Ying-yu Hung<br />
          Posted by Mario Cipresso<br />

        • Infrastructure, as we know it, no longer belongs in the exclusive realm of engineers and transportation planners.  In the context of our rapidly changing cities and towns, infrastructure is experiencing a paradigm shift where multiple-use programming and the integration of latent ecologies is a primary consideration.  Defining contemporary infrastructure requires a multi-disciplinary team of landscape architects, engineers, architects and planners to fully realize the benefits to our cultural and natural systems.  This book examines the potential of landscape as infrastructure via essays by notable authors and supporting case studies by SWA landscape architects and urban designers led by Gerdo Aquino and Ying-Yu Hung of their Los Angeles office. Among these case studies are Renzo Piano's California Academy of Science in San Francisco and Morphosis' Giant Group Interactive in Shanghai, the restoration of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, and several master plans for ecological corridors in China and Korea.  The case studies are thoroughly described with technical drawings and diagrams for repositioning infrastructure as a viable medium for addressing issues of ecology, transit, performance and habitat.

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