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Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land

by Justin Hollander, Niall Kirkwood and Julia Gold Island Press
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The US. EPA defines brownfields as "idle real property, the development or improvement of which is impaired by real or perceived contamination." The authors of Principles of Brownfield Regeneration argue that, compared to "greenfields"-farmland, forest, or pasturelands that have never been developed-brownfields offer a more sustainable land development choice. They believe that brownfields are central to a sustainable planning strategy of thwarting sprawl, preserving or regenerating open space, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reinvesting in urbanized areas.

This is the first book to provide an accessible introduction to the design, policy, and technical issues related to brownfield redevelopment. After defining brownfields and advocating for their redevelopment, the book describes the steps for cleaning up a site and creating viable land for development or open space. Land use and design considerations are addressed in a separate chapter and again in each of five case studies that make up the heart of the volume: The Steel Yard, Providence, RI; Assunpink Greenway, Trenton, NJ; June Key Community Center Demonstration Project, Portland, OR; Eastern Manufacturing Facility, Brewer, ME; and The Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, OR. Throughout, the authors draw on interviews with people involved in brownfield projects as well as on their own considerable expertise.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Approaching Brownfield Redevelopment
Chapter 3. Remediation
Chapter 4. Land Use and Design Considerations
Chapter 5: Case Studies
-The Steel Yard, Providence, RI
-Assunpink Greenway, Trenton, NJ
-June Key Community Center Demonstration Project, Portland, OR
-Eastern Manufacturing Facility, Brewer, ME
-The Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, OR
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End Notes

"An interesting read and one that is a pleasure to recommend."

Justin B. Hollander, AICP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the author of  Polluted and Dangerous: America's Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can Be Done About Them.


Niall G. Kirkwood FASLA is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology and Director for the Center for Technology and Environment inat the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University He is the author of Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape.


Julia L. Gold is the Director of the Green Center at Bristol Community College.  She recently received a Master's in Arts from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.