Landscape of Defense: Military Geographies and Altitudes of UrbanizationPierre Bélanger
AuthorMIT Press, 2014
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The United States Department of Defense is the largest contractor and land developer in the world. Despite its budget of over 500 billion dollars and a portfolio of nearly 30 million acres of lands and facilities, neither does there exist a clear cartographic inventory of this military-industrial infrastructure, nor has any recent scholarly enterprise been undertaken to visualize and analyze the presence of US military-bases and related industries worldwide. Acknowledging that this footprint can no longer be ignored, this project overcomes a critical deficit of public knowledge through a mapping and research project that visually depicts the sites, networks, and geographies of an emerging, global military-logistical complex.
Pierre Bélanger is a landscape architect, urban planner, and associate professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His academic research and public work focus on the convergence of urbanism, landscape, and ecology in the interrelated fields of planning, design, and engineering. Belanger is editor of the Landscape Infrastructures DVD (2009) and author of the accompanying book, which will be published by MIT Press at the end of 2013. His most recent publications include “Urbanism beyond Engineering” (Infrastructure Sustainability & Design, 2012), “Regionalization” (JOLA, 2010), “Redefining Infrastructure” (Ecological Urbanism, 2010), “Landscape as Infrastructure” (Landscape Journal, 2009), and “Synthetic Surfaces” (Landscape Urbanism Reader, 2007). In addition to this, he has collaborated on a range of publications and projects, on subjects related to military geographies and urban infrastructures, including Logistics Islands (PRISM, 2012), The Agronomic Landscape (Graz Architecture Magazine, 2011), Power Perestroika (New Geographies, 2009) and Foodshed (City Series, 2007). He is an academic advisor to the US Army Corps of Engineers and recipient of the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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