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Dam (Objekt) [Paperback]

Trevor Turpin
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28 Sep 2007 Objekt
As 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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861893280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861893284
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

'Turpin's book is very readable and in only 256 pages encompasses a remarkable depth and breath of the history and context of dams in their multiple guises. The book is richly illustrated with photographs of the dams and images of posters and other historical materials. The book will be of interest to engineers, academics, and environmentalists, as well as the general reader.' --Water Alternatives

About the Author

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).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 25 Jan 2010
The one word title of this book belies the rich detail of its content. The author takes you through tales and descriptions of human endeavour, social history, geography, engineering and all other aspects of dams and water supply. The many photographs, posters and quotations enhance the text and take the reader along on a great journey round the world. A great deal of technical information is presented in a very readable style.

I found this a most fascinating book, and would commend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an insight into amazing structures 16 July 2011
By daisy_z
A thoroughly intersting and extremely well written book that explores not only the facts of dams, but the history as well. With excellent references for you to refer to and amazing pictures to enhance the text, it's a book that makes you want to go exploring the world to find these structures. I would totally recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 5 Jan 2011
You just would not realise how interesting dams are! A dam is not just a dam that functions to hold water for diverse purposes - the author takes us on a global journey through the emotions, drama, technology and beauty of building dams and including consideration of the environments in which they are built and affect and the communities that they serve.

Easy to read, dipping in and out of the stories - and as a text well referenced so that you can find out more if you want. Great stuff and highly recommended with fab photos and curiosities richly illustrating fascinating stories.
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