Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology, and the Sustainable City (Urban and Industrial Environments)

When rain falls on the city, it creates urban runoff that cause flooding, erosion,and water pollution Municipal engineers manage a complex network of technical and natural systemsto treat and remove these temporary water flows from cities as quickly as possible Urban runoff isfrequently discussed in terms of technical expertise and environmental management, but itencompaWhen rain falls on the city, it creates urban runoff that cause flooding, erosion,and water pollution Municipal engineers manage a complex network of technical and natural systemsto treat and remove these temporary water flows from cities as quickly as possible Urban runoff isfrequently discussed in terms of technical expertise and environmental management, but itencompasses a multitude of such nontechnical issues as land use, quality of life, governance,aesthetics, and community identity, and is central to the larger debates on creating sustainable and livable cities In this book, Andrew Karvonen uses urban runoff as a lens to viewthe relationships among nature, technology, and society Offering theoretical insights from urbanenvironmental history, human geography, landscape and ecological planning, and science andtechnology studies as well as empirical evidence from case studies, Karvonen proposes a newrelational politics of urban nature.After describing the evolution of urban runoff practices,Karvonen analyzes the urban runoff activities in Austin and Seattle two cities known for theirhighly contested public debates over runoff issues and exemplary stormwater management practices.The Austin case study highlights the tensions among urban development, property rights, land useplanning, and citizen activism the Seattle case study explores the city s long standing reputationfor being in harmony with nature Drawing on these accounts, Karvonen suggests a new relationalpolitics of urban nature that is situated, inclusive, and action oriented to address the tensionsamong nature, technology, and society.
Politics of Urban Runoff Nature Technology and the Sustainable City Urban and Industrial Environments When rain falls on the city it creates urban runoff that cause flooding erosion and water pollution Municipal engineers manage a complex network of technical and natural systemsto treat and remove t

  • Title: Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology, and the Sustainable City (Urban and Industrial Environments)
  • Author: Andrew Karvonen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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