Dams, Reservoirs & Urban Globalisation: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Dams, Reservoirs & Urban Globalisation

1st Edition

Edited by Bruno De Meulder, Kelly Shannon

CRC Press

550 pages

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Hardback: 9781498769501
pub: 2020-04-15
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Dams and reservoirs illustrate, as no other construction, the etymological meaning of infrastructure. However, dams and reservoirs are also highly contested due to their enormous ecological and environmental impacts, as well as the often dramatic social and economic consequences for resettled populations and their unfulfilled expectations of development. The in-depth case studies in this book, spanning from the second half of the twentieth century until today, reveal that many dams throughout history and throughout the world have proven themselves to be outdated and a precursor to the contemporary paradigmatic shift that is emerging regarding new concepts of water management.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Dam(ned) Urbanism: Revisiting the Technological Wet Dreams of Modernism. Timeline of Damming & Reservoir Building since 1900. Colonial & Postcolonial Africa. Inga (Congo): 120 years of Dam(ned) Plans. River Volta Project (Ghana). Kariba Dam (Zambezi River). Dams: an Italian Export Product. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Traditions & Nation-building Projects in Asia. Northern Taiwanese Ponds. Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli Development Project. Indus: Dams over Troubled Water Pakistan & India. Ganges Water Machine. Three Gorges Dam, China. Immense Resourcefulness of the Northern Vastness. Norway. Syncrude Tailings Dam: Alberta, Canada. Russia. (Failure of) Natural Equipment of the Metropole. Sao Paulo: Cantareira System. Isfahan: Historic Reservoirs. Johannesburg: Mining Metropole. Contemporary Issues. China’s Imperialistic Damming Wave. Dam Removal, River Restoration. Old Tools/New Technology: Micro-Hydrology/ Sand Dams.

About the Editors

Bruno De Meulder is a professor of Urbanism and directs the postgraduate programs in Human Settlements and Urbanism & Strategic Planning at the University of Leuven. Since his doctoral research on colonial urbanism in Congo, he divides his attention between postcolonial contexts and European developments, analysis and design research, and history and critical analysis of contemporary urban development practices. He has authored several books, including Vacant City (2000) and Kuvuande Mbote (2000), and regularly publishes in journals and magazines. He is co-editor with Kelly Shannon of the book series UFO: Explorations in Urbanismpublished with Park Books (Zurich).

Kelly Shannon is a professor of Architecture and director of the graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Colorado, University of Leuven, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Peking University, and The Oslo School of Architecture and. Her research is at the intersection of analysis, mapping, new cartographies, and design. Most of her work focuses on the evolving relation of landscape, infrastructure, and urbanization in Asia. A particular interested of hers is the development of landscape urbanism strategies that work with water and topography. She is co-editor of the book series UFO: Explorations in Urbanism published with Park Books (Zurich), and in 2010, she co-authored The Contemporary Landscape of Infrastructure (NAi Rotterdam). From 2010-2015, she was editor of the Journal of Landscape Architecture.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / Dams & Reservoirs
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply