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Constructing GreenThe Social Structures of Sustainability$
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Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001

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Challenging the Imperative to Build: The Case of a Controversial Bridge at a World Heritage Site

Challenging the Imperative to Build: The Case of a Controversial Bridge at a World Heritage Site

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(p.285) 13 Challenging the Imperative to Build: The Case of a Controversial Bridge at a World Heritage Site
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Constructing Green
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Olivier Berthod

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.003.0013

Certification schemes—most notably the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification—dominate the debate on environmental sustainability in construction projects. This chapter presents a case study to examine the ways in which actors determined, stabilized, and defended the imperative to build a four-lane bridge across a wide meadow within a (now former) UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chapter analyzes the public debates that took place surrounding the activities of planning and construction. The case depicts the collision of competing views of collective interest and sustainable urban evolution.

Keywords:   LEED, case study, four-lane bridge, UNESCO, public debates

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