This book analyses how the huge structures involved in the energy-producing sector relate to the landscape around us. Far from being an encyclopaedic compendium or a technical manual, the book is a tool for analyzing the systems, chains of production and artefacts of energy production. The aim of it is to reveal the many facets presented by the world of energy when it comes into contact with the surrounding territory and how its innovations are harmoniously integrated within this.
The examination of a wide range of energy artefacts -from mines and quarries to refineries, platforms and solar farms- takes in functioning plants, abandoned installations, converted buildings and innovatory schemes. This exploration leads to surprising meanings being revealed, meanings that extend far beyond the strict technical value of energy infrastructures.
Aleksandar Ivančić is Mechanical Engineer, PhD in Thermal Science, and works with Barcelona Regional, Metropolitan Agency of Urban Development and Infrastructures. The main area of his professional interest is positioned within infrastructure planning, with a particular focus on energy systems. He was Technical Director of the Barcelona Energy Agency (2002-2003) and presently Chief Technical Officer of Barcelona Strategic Urban Systems. He has been invited as expert by various international institutions, like European Commission, Euro Heat&Power, International Energy Agency (IEA), Swedish Energy Agency or EcoDes, among others. He has been visiting Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) in Madrid and presently is Professor at Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch).