Riverscapes are the main arteries of the world’s largest cities, and have, for millennia, been the lifeblood of the urban communities that have developed around them. These human settlements – given life through the space of the local waterscape – soon developed into ritualised spaces that sought to harness the dynamism of the watercourse and create the local architectural landscape. Theorised via a sophisticated understanding of history, space, culture, and ecology, this collection of wonderful and deliberately wide-ranging case studies, from Early Modern Italy to the contemporary Bengal Delta, investigates the culture of human interaction with rivers and the nature of urban topography. Riverine explores the ways in which architecture and urban planning have imbued cultural landscapes with ritual and structural meaning.
Introduction Gerald Adler and Manolo Guerci. The amphibian townscape Deborah Howard. Section One: ENSEMBLES: by the river. Ancient waterfront palaces: a case study of the Great Palace at Amarna Mustafa Kaan Sağ. Spectacle of power on the Po: Ferrara and its riverfront during the Renaissance Francesco Ceccarelli. From Bishops’ Inns to private palaces: the evolution of the Strand in London from the 13th to the 17th century Manolo Guerci. Revealing the lost rivers to re-shape Paris: recovering a lost tributary of the Seine in south eastern Paris John Letherland. EXCURSUS ONE: Waterloo Sunrise Kate Miller. EXCURSUS TWO: Along the river Temo in Bosa, Sardinia Giovanna Piga Section Two: TOPOI: of the river. Building rivers: how the aqueducts of Roman Britain furthered connections between towns and their riverine settings Jay Ingate. Riverine architecture in the absence of rivers Ishraq Z. Khan. The Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad, India: a story of a city told through its river Elisa Alessandrini. Villeneuve D’Ascq: a French new town built around lakes Isabelle Estienne. EXCURSUS THREE: Fleeting memories: bringing the Fleet River back to life in St Pancras Richard Gooden. Section Three: MEANINGS: beyond the river. Sauf aux riverains: the riverine memorial of Georges-Henri Pingusson Gerald Adler. Water and memory: tracing Nantes’ watermarks Ann Borst. Sensing the swan Saren Reid. Nature and artifice: Nadav Kander’s Yangtze, The Long River Alexandra Stara. EXCURSUS FOUR: Metropolitan riverine: landscapes of the modern port city Peter Beard. Bibliography. Index.
Riverine provides nuanced and refreshing understandings of the relationship between architecture and rivers at a variety of scales and across diverse geographies. An excellent collection – essential reading for architects, planners and landscape architects. - Duanfang Lu, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, The University of Sydney