Bagaeen and Clark present a unique collection of state-of-the-art case studies on the regeneration and re-use of military brownfields. This book explores practices from around the world to provide rich and new insights into how to transform sites once used for military purposes into new, and often innovative civilian uses. It usefully provides insights in to how to do this, set within wider understandings of the processes that bring about the redundancy of defence lands.
Gordon Dabinett, University of Sheffield
This book offers fascinating insights into the challenges and opportunities involved in transforming redundant military sites into beneficial new uses. Rich comparative evidence from across the world ensures that the book will make an important contribution to the brownfield literature.
David Adams, Ian Mactaggart Chair of Property and Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Opportunities to reuse former defense estate, arising from a local peace dividend or a geopolitical shift, are often eagerly grasped by the public and private sectors. Former airfields, old barrack sites, and even large naval bases have been brought back to life through local or national regeneration efforts. In that way, demand for housing or new employment may be met through successful redevelopment. This new volume by Bagaeen and Clark brings together a collection of reviews and case studies examining the sustainable regeneration of military brownfields, written by researchers and by practitioners. It shines a light on the contexts in which reuse happens and the challenges it faces, drawing out crucial lessons for future practice.
Nick Gallent, Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
As the geopolitical world and military strategies of nations change, so the physical remnants of defense are left behind. Military and defense sites are littered across countries, lying idle but serving as assets that can be drawn upon to contribute to ongoing development and infrastructure needs. This volume provides a very welcome contribution to the study and practise of military and defense base regeneration across the globe. Written by internationally renowned scholars, the book sets out some key challenges and opportunities that academics and practitioners can learn from.
Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Newcastle University
Samer Bagaeen (www.samerbagaeen.com) is a leading practitioner and educator based in the United Kingdom. He leads on town planning education at the University of Brighton and is Visiting Professor of Real Estate at the Institute of Urban Economy in Lima, Peru. He was invited in 2012 into eminent Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 2013 was invited to join the Academy of Urbanism as an Academician. He recently co-edited Beyond Gated Communities (Routledge, 2015). His other research interests lie in the areas of real estate development and tourism and his publications in this field include ‘Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Middle Eastern complexity and contradiction’ in G. Squires and E. Heurkens (eds) International Approaches to Real Estate Development (Routledge 2015); and ‘Tourism Development in Bahrain: Dealing with Change’ in M. Stephenson and A. al-Hamarneh (eds) International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States (Routledge 2016). Samer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of two leading urban planning organisations in London, the Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Celia Clark (www.celiaclark.co.uk) has documented the transition of former defence sites to civilian uses in different parts of the world since the 1990s. She initiated a series of regional seminars and international conferences for planners and built environment professionals, academics, local governments and formerly defence dependent communities to share experience and good practice in these unusual land use transfers, with their myriads of stakeholders. She helped found the Naval Dockyards Society in 1997 (http://navaldockyards.org). She put together the bid to inscribe Portsmouth Harbour, the Isle of Wight and Spithead onto the World Heritage list. In 2000 the University of the West of England commissioned her report on differing futures for historic naval bases across Europe. At the University of Portsmouth she taught the history of architecture and building conservation to craftspeople. She was Education Officer of the Civic Trust from 1989 to 1991.