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Petrochemical America Hardcover – October 31, 2012


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Misrach's images hauntingly capture the toxic environmental effects of petrochemical production on a 150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that's been termed "Cancer Alley." (American Photo 2012-11-01)

In this unique book, Orff and Misrach have created, as noted in the introduction, "[a] collaborative examination of Cancer Alley [that] points to the past and into the future, inplicating neighbourhoods and corporate states... a new thinking about how we can best divert ourselves of our addictionto petrochemicals and to sketch the outlines of a more helpful future." (Editors 2012-02-19)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111911
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recommend it for Architects.
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The book has social and political importance and the accompany text is terrific.
Adam C. Hill
Awesome read with amazing graphics and photography.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on February 24, 2013
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Beautiful, haunting book of photographs by Richard Misrach, one of the world's great photographers, accompanied by landscape architect Kate Orff’s Ecological Atlas (drawings that map Louisiana's Chemical corridor, also called “Cancer Alley”, which spreads along the Mississippi River.) What is stunning about Misrach's photographs is that they have an ethereal beauty, and when you look more closely you see that each is underscored by the terrible death and decay that is 'cancer alley'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Comeau on October 2, 2013
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Awesome read with amazing graphics and photography. Kate orff is a genious. The wealth of knowledge in this book is unbelievable. Every person in the country should read this book. The petrochemical dependency paradigm shift is inevitable and this book portrays the need for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lrjohn3 on March 11, 2013
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For any ecological/landscape architectural/environmental/ innovative illustrative designers out there, this is a must own. Imagery is un-real, topic is current and highly under represented. Great book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JM on December 12, 2012
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I work in the energy business and really liked the book. The pictures are breathtaking. Worth every cent. May follow up with the other books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Holcomb on February 11, 2013
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My son is a chemical engineer and he loves this book. According to him, nothing else comes close to explaining the need for PetChems and also providing research and personal glimpses into the dark side of this issue. Hde highly recommends this for anyone who really cares about the issues and is willing to read carefully and with an open mind on all issues.
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This book would be an excellent text in any ecology or sustainability course. It synthesizes a large amount of information in a comprehensible way in tandem with Misrach's haunting photos, and has a hopeful addendum tucked in a marsupial-like pouch at the end.
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