New York Magazine Approval Matrix

In addition to its intellectual merits, Drosscape has also received notable awards for it’s layout and graphic design, including I.D Magazine’s 53rd Annual Design Review Silver Medal for Design Distinction.(Planetizen_19) Drosscape was named a top 10 planning book by Planetizen in 2007. (New York Magazine_20) It has been reviewed in dozens of media outlets and has led to other commissioned research projects, including several grants from Toyota Research Institute of North America.

Editorial Reviews (scroll slowly)

The Social Issues Shelf, The Midwest Book Review:

"A top pick not just for architects and building designers, but for any homeowners or buyer who would understand waste landscapes and how they are handled....a radical new method of thinking about landscape and its problems." — James A. Cox

Landscape Architecture:

"(Drosscape) describes another vast landscape project awaiting our sustained attension while simultaniously prodding the landscape architecture profession to claim a more prominent role in shaping the landscapes of urbanization." — Gale Fulton

A Climate of Change, Green Places:

"This book offers a collection of aerial photographs of Americas near-derelict industrial landscapes - redundant marshalling yards, docks, shopping malls - as well as stretches of new low rise suburbia, all of which have produced a crisis of horizontality in planning, density and transport costs. It is thought provoking stuff, contributing graphic evidence to American exceptionalism in matters of land use, scale and programmes of ecological rehabilitation."

Drosscape, New Scientist:

"Dross is integral to the urban landscape. The holes are part of the whole"

In the Modern World, Dwell:

"An enlightening smattering of illustrations - from aerial photography to charts to maps - forces readers to understand the frightening impact of unfettered urbanization."

Edifice Complex, Kansas City Star:

"suggesting new ways to think about the dross along the edges of American cities." — Steve Paul

Planning Magazine:

"Much of what he photographs is recognizable as what most of us would call sprawl. But fo rBerger, that term is irrelevant. Sooner or later, he says, all of this seemingly wasted land will be reused in some way." — Harold Henderson

Landscape Journal:

"Do you really know what is under that new house you just bought?How about what lies beneath the neighborhood playground?Was that big box retailer down your street built over a toxic site?These are just a few of the worrisome scenarios facing us all as our cities begin to redevelop old toxic waste site-places Alan Berger has coined drosscapes."

Civil Engineering:

"(Drosscape) makes excellent use of aerial photoggraphy and complex, detailed charts and images showing population densities and the migration of manufacturing activity." — Ray Bert

...wasted space(s) are on our coffee tables this month., Wallpaper:

"Alan Berger has coined the term drosscape, and this is its first atlas. Through stunning aerial photography, he records the worst of this taken-for-granted resource, tracing the millions of abandoned, overexploited, junked and fallow acres that exist, scattered across the countrys landscape of big-box outlets, tract housing, raised interstates and post-industrial and post-military wreckage."

Waste Not, Want Not, Architecture:

"Berger’s well-researched current discourse about the inevitability and causal factors of sprawl extends to an analysis of 10 urbanized regions, with three types of mapping termed by the author: entropic indicators, charting four categories of waste landscapes (infrastructure, obsolence, exchange, and contamination); dispersal graphs, juxtaposing population density, distance from teh city center, and changes in urbanization patterns; and spindle charts, setting the decline and growth of industry within the context of its distance from the city center." — Nathalie Westervelt

For more information on Drosscape and its impact on the field go to:

Nina McLoughlin, “Interview with Alan Berger on Waste Landscapes,” Future Cities: KERB 16, (Melbourne: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2008): 6-11

Ania Molenda, Tom Avermaete, “What Can We Learn From Waste?” B_NIEUWS, Delft University of Technology Weekly Periodical, Oct. 6, 2008

Berger, Alan. “Drosscape” inThe Landscape Urbanism Reader, edited by Charles Waldheim (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006): 197-217

“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” DWELL Magazine, October 2006, p. 64

Charles Waldheim,“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” JOLA: Journal of Landscape Architecture,August 2006, p. 67

Jonathan Bell,“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” WALLPAPER Magazine, September 2006, p. 188

Kelly Shannon,“Drosscape: The Dark Side of Man’s Cultural Landscapes” TOPOS 56, 2006, pp. 63-71

Steve Paul,“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America” named to book of the year list, in “Edifice complex, essays explore the building of dreams, through history,” The Kansas City Star, Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ray Bert, “Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” Civil Engineering, October 2006, p. 84-5

Robert Fishman,“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” Cite 67 (Summer 2006), p. 36

Rebecca Cavanough,“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” METROPOLIS, August 2006, p. 118

Gale Fulton, “Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” Landscape Architecture, July, 2006, p. 120-1

Harold Henderson,“Waste Not,” in Planning, June 2006, p. 55

Nathalie Westervelt, “Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” Architecture, June 2006 p. 45

Kelly Shannon, “Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” World Architecture: 191, Beijing, May 2006, pp. 104-5

“Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America,” New York Magazine, The Approval Matrix, week of May 1, 2006, p. 122

Berger, Alan. “Urban Land is a Natural Thing to Waste,” Harvard Design Magazine 23 ‘Regeneration’ (fall 2005/winter 2006): 48-56

Drosscape: Wasting Land In Urban America

Alan M. Berger (with Postscript by Lars Lerup), (Princeton Architectural Press: New York, 2006)

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