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    DescriptionAs well as much-needed electricity, dams generate extremes of emotion. Traditionally, dams have facilitated hydraulic civilizations such as those in the Nile Valley, China and Mesopotamia, and, in the twentieth century, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Yet with the proliferation of dams there are now more than 40,000 large dams worldwide opposition and support can be measured in equal proportion. Their outstanding design and construction, often in inhospitable conditions, is representative of the skills of their engineers, yet others do not see such beauty in the taming' of rivers. In 1998 the continuing controversy led to the forming of the World Commission on Dams to seek a meeting of minds. "Dam", a new addition to Reaktion's "Objekt" series, traces the development of dams from the Industrial Revolution to the present day through a number of themes both successes and failures including the extension of the design teams forming an alliance between engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and ecology. A profusely illustrated exploration of a previously neglected subject, this book is neither a polemic against dams nor a defence of their proliferation.It offers a fresh and much-needed account of their design, construction and function, which will appeal to general readers and those interested in environmental policy, history and civil engineering.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Trevor Turpin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9781861893284
    ISBN 10: 1861893280

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25850
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.2
    BISAC V2.8: ARC011000
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TEC014000
    BIC subject category V2: TNFD
    DC22: 627.8
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: TNF
    Illustrations note
    150 black & white illustrations
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Trevor Turpin is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bath, and has worked in water and environmental management since the early 1970s. He is the co-author of Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook (2002).
    Review quote
    Here, dams take centre stage as their design, construction, beauty, failures and environmental consequences are analysed. Building Design Dam investigates some of the world's most famous and awe-inspiring dams and will be of interest to engineers, historians and environmentalists at all levels ... beautifully illustrated The Environmentalist Turpin's book will be of particular interest to engineers, environmentalists and historians and, because it is well written and well illustrated, also to the broader reading public. I thoroughly recommend it. Dams and Reservoirs With the current movement toward dam removals in the Western world, it is interesting to see a book that treats dams as buildings of particular significance. This book's approach is not technical, but historical. It presents dams under different perspectives: as symbols of dominance, works of designers, and objects of beauty. It also covers dam failures and the recent backlash against dams ... Recommended. Choice