Architecture & Water documentary. Part 2: Gentrification machine?

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  • 6 years ago

Published on 27 Oct 2014

From The Architectural Review, the second part in a three-part documentary about water’s relationship with architecture. As London grows ever denser and its property prices climb beyond the reach of many would-be homeowners, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in opportunities to inhabit the Thames and its associated waterways. Meanwhile a ribbon of development is creeping along the banks of the river often displacing those who lived there previously. Is the water a force that will unlock an increasingly unaffordable city or one that will fuel a trend of gentrification and displacement?

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?

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?