In Our Own Backyard: Principles for Effective Improvement of the Nation's Infrastructure

In Our Own Backyard: Principles for Effective Improvement of the Nation's Infrastructure

By: Committee on Infrastructure (author), National Research Council (author), Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (author), Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems (author), Andrew C. Lemer (editor), Albert A. Grant (editor)Hardback

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This volume takes a fresh look--primarily from a technological perspective--at the nation's "infrastructure": a collection of diverse modes that function as a system supporting a wide range of economic and social activities. Within an infrastructure system, operating and maintenance procedures, management practices, and development policies (i.e., the software) must work together with the facilities' hardware. This study has a strongly local perspective, drawing valuable information from workshops held in Phoenix, Cincinnati, and Boston. These workshops illustrated common elements of local experience that offer infrastructure practitioners, policymakers, and the public at large both understanding and guidance in the form of specific strategies that can lead toward "win-win" situations, where parties with potentially opposing interests seek a way to resolve infrastructure issues so that all parties gain. Local issues, combined across many regions, give infrastructure its strategic national significance. The book recommends specific principles that should be applied in national policy to support effective local infrastructure development and management.

About Author

Albert A. Grant and Andrew C. Lemer, Editors; Committee on Infrastructure, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1 Introduction; 4 2 Thinking Broadly About Infrastructure; 5 3 Observing Locally; 6 4 Principles for Action on Infrastructure; 7 Appendix A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff; 8 Appendix B The BRB/CETS/NRC Strategic Program in Infrastructure; 9 Appendix C Study Participants

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309048781
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780309048781
  • ISBN10: 0309048788

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