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River-Friendly Cities

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

Anna Januchta-Szostak

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.

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Fig. 1.1: Prague, 1608, Abraham Saur,> [accessed: 18.11.2018]

Fig. 1.2: Vienna, 1608, Abraham Saur,> [accessed: 18.11.2018]

Fig. 1.3: A plan of Koln, 1800, John Andrews,> [accessed: 18.11.2018]

Fig. 1.4: A plan of Paris, 1776/1800, John Andrews,> [accessed: 18.11.2018]

Fig. 1.5: Lübeck, 1910. Own study based on:> - Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Fig. 1.6: Gdańsk, 1883. Own study based on: UMGEBUNG VON DANZIG, Baedeker Karl, Mittel- und Nord-Deutschland, ed. GeographischeAnstalt von Wagner & Debes, Leipzig 1883

Fig. 2.7: The plan of an ideal harbour city by Simon Stevin (1590), source: Kostof 1991

Fig. 2.8: Dutch topographical map of a polder Haarlemmermeer (2015), source: Janwillemvanaalst, [access: 13.01.2019]

Fig. 2.9: The transformation stages of Zuiderzee Bay. Source: Hooimeijer et al. 2005

Fig. 2.10: The stages of Amsterdam development. Developed on the basis of historical maps and the book: Hooimeijer et al 2005

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