Book Review: The Making of Grand Paris

image grandparisIn 2007 the French government announced the “Grand Paris” initiative. This ambitious project reimagined the Paris region as integrated, balanced, global, sustainable, and prosperous. Metropolitan solidarity would unite divided populations; a new transportation system, the Grand Paris Express, would connect the affluent city proper with the low-income suburbs; streamlined institutions would replace fragmented governance structures. Grand Paris is more than a redevelopment plan; it is a new paradigm for urbanism. In this first English-language examination of Grand Paris, Theresa Enright offers a critical analysis of the early stages of the project, considering whether it can achieve its twin goals of economic competitiveness and equality. 

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Book Review: Routledge Handbook On Information Technology In Government

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Governments are rapidly adopting new information technologies as smart cities, cyberinfrastructure, technology, policy and social participation increases. The Routledge Handbook On Information Technology In Government is a unique text that provides a comprehensive range of information technology topics as they connect with current trends in e-government. Much of this material is simply not available in an integrated fashion, making this book both an excellent reference and education resource. 

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Book Review: Architectural Robotics

9780262033954Architectural Robotics - Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes, and Biology takes readers beyond building information systems (BIM) into the future where more fully integrated built environments become interactive and dynamic from a cyber-human perspective. A remarkable read, the book explains how sensors, design, architecture, computation and human factors integrate and will likely venture into places and ways that we are only beginning to understand and see now. 

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Book Review: A New Industrial Future?

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A New Industrial Future? - 3D Printing and the Reconfiguring of Production, Distribution, and Consumption draws upon expert interviews, scenario workshops and various case studies assesses the potential future of global manufacturing, freight transport, world trade and land use. The locating of 3D printers in homes, offices, stores and workshops would disrupt existing systems and pose novel challenges for incumbents. It offers the first book-length social scientific analysis of the character and impacts of a new system of manufacturing that is in formation. The book will be of interest to urban planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, economists, as well as general readers by offering inquiry on this future upheaval in the means of production.

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Book Review: Test Drive Blender - A Starter Manual For New Users

image blender crcTest Drive Blender - A Starter Manual For New Users is written for new users to 3D visualization and 3D modeling. It is designed for working with the popular open source Blender software package and to guide new users into beginning to work with the software. Users of Blender work in many kinds of businesses and across different industry sectors. A large proportion use Blender to create games. Infrastructure industry professionals will find Blender in use with architecture, industrial and other design applications. 

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Book Review: The Economics of Infrastructure Provisioning

infra provInfrastructures—tangible, intangible, and institutional public facilities, from bridges to health care—are a vital precondition for economic and societal wellbeing. There has been an increasing awareness that we cannot rely on market forces for infrastructure investment and maintenance. In this volume, experts from Europe, North and South America, and Asia examine the complexities of financing, installing, implementing, and regulating public infrastructures. Their contributions span a range of methodological approaches, including historical and empirical research, analytical models, theoretical analysis, and sector and regional case studies; they consider the economics of infrastructure provisioning by government, through private-public partnerships, and privatization arrangements.

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Book Review: 349 Views of Scotland

squires scotland349 Views of Scotland is about the network of 'view indicators' located throughout Scotland. Each of these indicators locates a specfic site where visitors may visually cast their eyes upon something unique upon the Scottish landscape. The viewpoints are often inspirational, historical and well-known, and most of them are truly inspirational and breathtaking. Information at each site provides details that are historical and include details about the builders of the monuments. Consequently, the view indicators serve as historical records, location identifiers and a rich source of educational knowledge. 

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Book Review: GIS Technology Applications in Environmental and Earth Sciences

gis environmentGIS Technology Applications in Environmental and Earth Sciences provides a wealth of information about GIS software for use in environmental applications. The author provides a good overview of technologies being applied for understanding and mapping environmental problems. Readers will learn about data gathering, data modeling and visualizing spatial data in environmental context.

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Book Review: Sequel To Suburbia

 seq suburbiaSequel to Suburbia - Glimpses of America's Post-Suburban Future provides details about the issues emerging from existing suburban planning approaches and construction. The Beltway near Washington, Schaumburg near Chicago and the unbridled development of suburbia along Florida coasts are all detailed. Readers will learn how these areas emerged, the problems and issues they contend with and why they took certain directions. The author highlights the fragmented and often dispersed suburban planning approach that disconnects communities from proper planning governance. 

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Book Review: Rich Pictures - Encouraging Resilient Communities

richpicturesRich Pictures focuses on the value of developing visual narratives – Rich Pictures – as an important component and starting point for community participation. A key device for the community to share ideas and perspectives on current and potential future situations, Rich Pictures (RP) provide a shared space for members to set out ideas and negotiate.

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