Topos 81

Water Landscapes

Release Date: Dec 20, 2012
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Water Landscapes

Water is the most important medium for landscape architects. From garden design to spatial planning – and putting plants aside – most attention is given to water. On the one hand it is often both scarce and valuable, and important for all forms of life. On the other hand it poses a constant threat to settlements and cities. This issue is about large water systems and competition for this precious commodity using examples of Murray Darling Basin in Australia and the Everglades in Florida. Furthermore, projects in Hangzhou, New York and Ljubljana illustrate different approaches to designing with water as part of the landscape.


Blue-Green Infrastructures

Water management and infrastructure systems are becoming increasingly important in urban areas. Existing underground systems are reaching their limits. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore is an example of integrated infrastructure management in a dense neighbourhood in this Asian metropolis, and includes green, blue, and social infrastructure.

Author: Herbert Dreiseitl 


Water Urbanism

A masterplan for the Vietnamese city of Cantho in the Mekong Delta is based on the topography. Through small interventions a flood-safe city amidst the rice-marshland will emerge. Instead of fighting against the water, the forces of nature become part of the strategy.

Authors: Kelly Shannon, Bruno De Meulder


The Flood diversion Channel of Sogi Falls

The flood diversion channel of the Sogi Falls in Japan, a disaster restoration work, improves natural disaster prevention, provides leisure activities and increases the aesthetic value of the landscape as a tourism resource. In order to achieve a natural look, blasting and excavation with dynamite along rock joints simulated the force of volcanic eruptions.

Author: Yuji Hoshino


Post-Industrial Public

Auckland’s North Wharf Promenade, the Jellicoe Street Precinct and Silo Park

The design strategies for Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Waterfront, New Zealand, combine new public amenities with important existing waterfront industries. The intermingling of the working wharf and the public wharf is a catalyst for appreciation and acknowledgement of the industrial landscapes.

Author: SueAnne Ware


Murray Darling

On the driest inhabited continent on earth, water management is serious business. The Murray Darling Basin, Australia’s largest and most complex river system, exists on an environmentally fragile knife-edge. With debate intensifying in recent years, it is worth asking how landscape architects are contributing to it.

Authors: Caitrin Daly, Ricky Ray Ricardo


Design in Dialogue with Nature

Jiang Yang Fan Ecopark is a recent complement to Hangzhou’s splendid water landscapes and gardens, promoting a new sustainable chapter within the rich tradition of Chinese landscape design and garden art.

Author: Jutta Kehrer


The Flow of History

Europe’s rivers long served as symbols of the continent’s frontiers. This was not always the case, however. A space of international collective memory is required in order to highlight the role rivers once also played as connecting elements.

Author: Uwe Rada


River Llobregat Park

For a long time the River Llobregat in Barcelona remained outside of the local people’s imagination. The Llobregat River Park provides new access to the river banks and restores the river landscape as well as natural processes. Tree plantings act as a counterbalance to the mega-structures of the site.

Author: Alfredo Fernández de la Reguera 


Artificial Watercourse in Velsen

A new, artificial course for a stream in the Wijkeroogpark in Velsen, the Netherlands has reconnected the park to its surroundings.

Author: Mascha Onderwater


Re-Invention of Public Space

The renovation of the banks of the River Ljubljanica has opened the space along the river in the old city centre of Ljubljana for the public, which was also the aim of architect Jože Plecˇ cCCnik some decades before.

Authors: Ana Kučan, Andreja Zapušek Černe


The River Landscape of the Seine in Paris

In 1988 Jacque Chirac, then Mayor of Paris, declared, “In five years, we will be able to swim in the Seine.” This statement continues to be regarded as the height of abandoned political promises. If in the last 25 years, the quality of water has become better in Paris, there is a hesitancy about swimming in the Seine. It is not so much the quality of the water that poses a problem, but access to it.

Author: François Vadepied


Hunts Point Landing, New York

Hurricane Sandy hitting New York at the end of October 2012 re-emphasized that the city is surrounded by water. Urban spaces at the waterfront have to resist flooding. A good example of a robust and adaptive space is Hunts Point Landing in South Bronx.

Author: Halina Steiner 


Transforming New York’s Waterfront

Riverside Park South and Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in New York City, help to fulfill the objectives of New York’s Vision 2020 plan to revitalize the city’s shoreline.

Author: Thomas Balsley


Restoring the Everglades

Only a fraction of the original Everglades Water System forms the Everglades National Park. Initiatives aim to restore the wetlands, which are an important water reservoir for the southern region of Florida.

Author: Constance Price


Lima Beyond the Park

Although founded in the Rímac River valley, Lima is now a city in the desert. A German-Peruvian research project is developing concepts for Lima Metropolitana for a water-sensitive future.

Author: Antje Stokman

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