Architecture & Water documentary. Part 1: A river runs through it

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  • 3 years ago

Published on 20 Oct 2014

From The Architectural Review: How is the potent and rapidly changing relationship between architecture and water affecting the city and all of us? Architecture critic, Ellis Woodman explores with leading architects, developers and urban thinkers the challenges and opportunities presented by rivers and canals and asks if engineers and property developers now wield the key creative power in shaping the city’s relationship with its rivers? Does climate change present an urgent need to rethink our rivers? Could floating bike lanes and parks provide to urban problems?

This is the first of a series of three films exploring the relationship between architecture and water.

Part two: Gentrification machine — is the water a force that will unlock an increasingly unaffordable city or one that will fuel a trend of gentrification and displacement?

Part three: Water park — how can a river become more than a transport route and pretty view? Through recreation, interaction and radical ideas such as floating parks, amphibious houses and new public wetlands can the river become a living part of the city?