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River-Friendly Cities

An Outline of Historical Changes in Relations between Cities and Rivers and Contemporary Water-Responsible Urbanization Strategies

by Anna Januchta-Szostak (Author)
Monographs 252 Pages

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1 The RESPECT period
  • 1.1 Life-giving rivers – balance between benefits and threats
  • 1.2 Waterways and bridges
  • 1.3 Cities and harbours
  • Ancient harbours
  • The development of inland and coastal navigation in Europe
  • 1.4 Military and defensive significance of rivers
  • 1.5 The structure of riverside cities
  • 1.6 Cultural connections
  • Saint rivers
  • The symbolism of water and river in culture and religion
  • 1.7 The milestones of ancient hydraulic engineering
  • 2 The CONQUEST period
  • 2.1 Challenging water – the Dutch phenomenon
  • Stages of polders reclamation
  • Olęder settlement in Poland
  • 2.2 Navigation and industry – catalysts for urbanisation
  • Transoceanic ventures – the colonial period
  • The Industrial Revolution and development of waterway systems
  • 2.3 River engineering
  • The Rhine waterway
  • The Danube regulation in Vienna
  • 2.4 Water supply-sewage systems and pollution of rivers
  • 2.5 Canalisation of urban watercourses and drainage of swamplands
  • 2.6 Beautification of the nature and cities
  • Parks and gardens
  • City densification
  • 2.7 The scale of the changes and the price of the progress
  • 3 The RETURN period
  • 3.1 Raising awareness
  • 3.2 Waterfronts revitalisation
  • Regaining the waterfronts of European cities
  • Waterfronts revitalisation in Poland
  • 3.3 Environment regeneration
  • River regeneration at a regional scale
  • Reconstruction of urban watercourses potential
  • Blue-green networks
  • 3.4 Water governance
  • Flood risk management strategies
  • Space for water in regions
  • Planning under conditions of uncertainty
  • Water quality
  • 3.5 Integrated urban water management
  • A city as an ecosystem
  • Water governance in urban catchment areas
  • Blue-green infrastructure
  • Green architecture
  • Integration of water, environment and space management
  • 4 Responsible cities – vital rivers
  • 4.1 Responsibility as a way of return to rivers
  • 4.2 Rotterdam – water challenges and assets
  • Harbour identity
  • Water threats in the time of climate change
  • Development strategies for the Water City
  • 4.3 London and the Thames – friendship after divorce
  • Water facilitated development
  • Ecological cost of city development
  • Revitalisation of the waterfronts and regeneration of London rivers
  • Return strategies
  • 4.4 Singapore – “water wise city”
  • Water “tiger”
  • Water deficit
  • The strategy of city-basin management
  • Green infrastructure and architecture
  • 5 Summary
  • 5.1 Return to friendship
  • 5.2 Vital rivers
  • 5.3 Urbanism and water
  • Abstract
  • River-friendly cities
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • Bibliography
  • Index of acronyms

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About the author

Anna Januchta-Szostak is a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture, Poznań University of Technology, and expert in the development of riparian areas and water-sensitive urban design. She was a member of the Committee for Research on Water-Related Hazards at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the author of over 100 scientific publications.

About the book

Anna Januchta-Szostak

River-Friendly Cities

The history of urbanization was inseparably connected with the exploitation of the environment and the subjugation of rivers. Today we experience the effects of this expansion in the form of escalating water problems. The book outlines the processes of transformation of anthropogenic, natural and waterborne structures in urban environment, which were presented in three historical phases: the period of Respect, Conquest and Return. River-friendly cities require integrated water management in entire catchments from the source to the recipient. The key to the success of the Return strategy is the recovery of space for greenery and water, responsible spatial planning, circular economy and rainwater management as well as continuous raising of awareness of the whole society.

The book is an outline of historical changes in relations between cities and urban rivers during the periods of Respect, Conquest and Return. Water-responsible urbanisation is based on the awareness of eco-hydrological consequences of spatial planning decisions, adaptation and resilience to climate change as well as coexistence with floods.

Historical changes in relations between cities and urban rivers – The periods of Respect, Conquest and Return – Transformations of urban waterbodies and catchment areas – Water-responsible urbanisation – Adaptation and resilience to climate change – Integrated urban water management – Coexistence with floods.

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Contents

Introduction

1 The RESPECT period

1.1 Life-giving rivers – balance between benefits and threats

1.2 Waterways and bridges

1.3 Cities and harbours

Ancient harbours

The development of inland and coastal navigation in Europe

1.4 Military and defensive significance of rivers

1.5 The structure of riverside cities

1.6 Cultural connections

Saint rivers

The symbolism of water and river in culture and religion

1.7 The milestones of ancient hydraulic engineering

2 The CONQUEST period

2.1 Challenging water – the Dutch phenomenon

Stages of polders reclamation

Olęder settlement in Poland

2.2 Navigation and industry – catalysts for urbanisation

Transoceanic ventures – the colonial period

The Industrial Revolution and development of waterway systems

2.3 River engineering

The Rhine waterway

The Danube regulation in Vienna

2.4 Water supply-sewage systems and pollution of rivers

2.5 Canalisation of urban watercourses and drainage of swamplands

2.6 Beautification of the nature and cities

Parks and gardens

City densification

2.7 The scale of the changes and the price of the progress

3 The RETURN period

3.1 Raising awareness

3.2 Waterfronts revitalisation

Regaining the waterfronts of European cities

Waterfronts revitalisation in Poland

3.3 Environment regeneration

River regeneration at a regional scale

Reconstruction of urban watercourses potential

Blue-green networks

3.4 Water governance

Flood risk management strategies

Space for water in regions

Planning under conditions of uncertainty

Water quality

3.5 Integrated urban water management

A city as an ecosystem

Water governance in urban catchment areas

Blue-green infrastructure

Green architecture

Integration of water, environment and space management

4 Responsible cities – vital rivers

4.1 Responsibility as a way of return to rivers

4.2 Rotterdam – water challenges and assets

Harbour identity

Water threats in the time of climate change

Development strategies for the Water City

4.3 London and the Thames – friendship after divorce

Water facilitated development

Summary

The history of urbanization was inseparably connected with the exploitation of the environment and the subjugation of rivers. Today we experience the effects of this expansion in the form of escalating water problems. The book outlines the processes of transformation of anthropogenic, natural and waterborne structures in urban environment, which were presented in three historical phases: the period of Respect, Conquest and Return. River-friendly cities require integrated water management in entire catchments from the source to the recipient. The key to the success of the Return strategy is the recovery of space for greenery and water, responsible spatial planning, circular economy and rainwater management as well as continuous raising of awareness of the whole society.

Details

Pages
252
ISBN (PDF)
9783631826515
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631826522
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631826539
ISBN (Book)
9783631801512
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (December)
Tags
urban rivers riparian areas resilience urban catchment responsible urbanisation integrated planning
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 252 pp., 12 fig. col., 82 fig. b/w, 4 tables.

Biographical notes

Anna Januchta-Szostak (Author)

Anna Januchta-Szostak is a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture, Poznań University of Technology, and expert in the development of riparian areas and water sensitive urban design. She was a member of the Committee for Research on Water-Related Hazards at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the author of over 100 scientific publications.

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