• Hamburg : A dynamic channel for the expanded city centre

    Le juin 25, 2013 par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaire »
    Hamburg : A dynamic channel for the expanded city centre

    Among the many urban development projects taking advantage of the presence of a river or coastline, the city of Hamburg’s initiative – HafenCity (2000 – 2025) – deserves special attention. As the largest urban construction site in continental Europe, Hamburg envisions itself as the development model for European cities in the 21st century. By reusing more than a hundred hectares of port and industrial zone space, this project... Lire la suite

  • The bridges of the Rhone on your smartphone: an application developed by the Rhône-Alpes region

    Le juin 25, 2013 par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaire »
    The bridges of the Rhone on your smartphone: an application developed by the Rhône-Alpes region

    An initiative of the Rhône-Alpes Region (Department of Culture –  General Inventory of Cultural Heritage) Hikers, pedestrians, bikers, river lovers, grab your smartphones! The general cultural heritage inventory department of the Rhône-Alpes region offers a location-based application on the bridges of the Rhone. One can now stroll along the river, discover the bridges of the Rhone river (history, description, photos, audio... Lire la suite

Hamburg : A dynamic channel for the expanded city centre

Le juin 25, 2013 dans la categorie Edito, Initiatives, News par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
Hamburg : A dynamic channel for the expanded city centre Among the many urban development projects taking advantage of the presence of a river or coastline, the city of Hamburg’s initiative – HafenCity (2000 – 2025) – deserves special attention. As the largest urban construction site in continental Europe, Hamburg envisions itself as the development model for European cities in the 21st century. By reusing more than a hundred hectares of port and industrial zone space, this project will increase the city-centre perimeter by almost 50%. The choice for public management of the public spaces and facilities in the HafenCity district was enabled by the sale of most of the land involved in the project. This sale generated € 2 billion in public funds and will ultimately secure approximately € 7 billion in private investment. The... Lire la suite

Exploring the River Marne: Reflections on Jean-Paul Kauffmann’s recently published book

Le juin 25, 2013 dans la categorie News par Aswathi Chandramohan | 2 Commentaires »
Exploring the River Marne: Reflections on Jean-Paul Kauffmann’s recently published book A retrospective study of a river which is by turns turbulent, mythical and sensual. Journeying on foot up the river Marne to its source, Jean-Paul Kauffmann’s project is “to go back in time”, to the beginning. The journey is an opportunity for the author to “rediscover” the river, and is an attempt to restore it to its former glory, faced with French indifference and general disregard. This exploration does not pretend to be wholly rational, but rather strives to “discover other paths”. For although this river is no longer navigable with the exception of its lower reaches, and indeed is no longer the centre of these outlying territories, it still remains a “fascinating” place. Beyond the banks of the river Marne is the France which is the elusive object of the author’s... Lire la suite

The bridges of the Rhone on your smartphone: an application developed by the Rhône-Alpes region

Le juin 25, 2013 dans la categorie Edito, Initiatives, News par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
The bridges of the Rhone on your smartphone: an application developed by the Rhône-Alpes region An initiative of the Rhône-Alpes Region (Department of Culture –  General Inventory of Cultural Heritage) Hikers, pedestrians, bikers, river lovers, grab your smartphones! The general cultural heritage inventory department of the Rhône-Alpes region offers a location-based application on the bridges of the Rhone. One can now stroll along the river, discover the bridges of the Rhone river (history, description, photos, audio guides) with just a single click or even identify a bridge by  type, date of construction, or construction material and geographic location. The information on bridges are available wherever you are. The smartphone app « The Bridges of the Rhone » (Ponts du Rhône) is a free heritage guide, published by... Lire la suite

The Southern Rhone network: a novel regional approach to drive dynamic projects

Le jan 07, 2013 dans la categorie Edito, Initiatives par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
The Southern Rhone network: a novel regional approach to drive dynamic projects The education association « CPIE Rhone » (Permanent Centre for Environmental Initiative) from the Arles area benefits from the CPIE accreditation. It has been working for several years to raise awareness and enhance the image of the Rhone River. It now leads and manages a network of stakeholders involved in the field: the southern Rhone network. The goal of this network is to encourage and improve the cultural life around the river and enhance the landscape along the Rhone from Bollene/Saint-Esprit all the way to the estuary. The network brings stakeholders together and helps the pooling of resources to facilitate cooperative resource management in projects. This multi-disciplinary network has brought 300 key actors together to work on issues like water quality, tourism, flood risk... Lire la suite

Inland waterways, a book by Bernard Le Sueur

Le jan 01, 2013 dans la categorie Edito, Initiatives, Publications par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
Inland waterways, a book by Bernard Le Sueur Navigation has remade its way back to the heart of the societies after a long gap, driven by a movement towards rediscovery and reappropriation of rivers, in other words ‘river-urbanisation’ (flurbanisation). Through Inland waterways (Glénat editions), the author presents a long history that progressively reveals examples varying between continuity and rupture.  He has comprehensively addressed this, while highlighting the close relationship between the navigation systems, markets, canals and rivers, boats and men. By doing so, he reemphasises and throws light on the known heritage and reveals those, that should be discovered. The author, Bernard Le Sueur is a historian who has dedicated all of his research to the world of rivers and channels, and towards the relationship between... Lire la suite

A floating library on the river Congo: 2 questions for Alain Bomboko

Le déc 25, 2012 dans la categorie Initiatives par Emmanuelle Robert | 0 Commentaires »
A floating library on the river Congo: 2 questions for Alain Bomboko After a career in international finance, Mr. Bomboko, a trained commercial engineer, decided to invest in a personal project close to his heart. You had the idea for a floating library on the river Congo, to serve the riverside villages. How would you describe it? My project is based on a simple principle. The boats will stop at, or pass in front of, the riverside villages, first in one direction and then in the other. The rotation of the boats will encourage an exchange of books. In most villages, I have seen primary schools but I was staggered to learn that that there were very few textbooks and a complete lack of books that could enable students to develop their reading abilities. Reading cultivates intelligence, brings knowledge, reinforces spelling, enriches vocabulary, develops the... Lire la suite

7th Meeting of Mâcon “Rivers and territories”: Nicole Commerçon

Le déc 11, 2012 dans la categorie Events, Research par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
7th Meeting of Mâcon “Rivers and territories”: Nicole Commerçon The conference “Rivers and territories” organized by the research Institute of Val de Saône on the 13th and 14th of September 2012 has sought to understand the many links that exist between rivers and territories today and also in the long-run and to examine the competitive uses that these links nurture. How do rivers interfere with the organization and the development of territories at all levels, from the major international transport corridors with their marine gateway to the industrial and urban facilities located near the river? The rivers, have they been, are they still or will they again become a factor for territorial integration through the activities they generate, by the networks, by the flow of people or goods exchanged across the valleys, by the cities which are around... Lire la suite

The Rhone river centre: re-defining cultural and economical perspectives of the river system

Le déc 10, 2012 dans la categorie Edito, Events, News par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
The Rhone river centre: re-defining cultural and economical perspectives of the river system With the exhibition « Idées-Barge: inventer, imaginer le fleuve et ses bateaux », the Rhone river centre kickstarted the «River Transport Project» (Grand Projet Transport Fluvial). This project is about promoting river transport but also discovering the cultural wonders on the river banks. The industrial revolution heritage is also part of this project as the river was key to the economical development of industries. This initiative won ‘best pick’ from the « Cultural Heritage Museum and living Museum Federation » (Fédération des écomusées et des musées de Société) at the 4th Heritage Innovation Award. This award recognised the Rhone river centre’s unique approach to raising awareness and to involving a wide public in the development of river transport. The success... Lire la suite

Kinshasa – Brazzaville, the cultural landscape of two cities facing each other on the Congo River: Bernard Toulier

Le déc 07, 2012 dans la categorie Initiatives, Research par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
Kinshasa and Brazzaville are the closest capital cities in the world. During the colonial era, the proximity of the two cities created a mutual influence in both the  planning and the development of urban identities. « How can we reconcile, through a combined effort, through a new city model, the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial era relics on both banks? » asks Bernard Toulier (*). If the population recognises this heritage as being important and if it can identify with it, can the cultural landscape in the vicinity of the Congo River become a common, shared heritage in the area? In the thirties, similar racial segregation projects are developed in the capitals of the Belgian Congo (Leopoldville: now Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the French Equatorial... Lire la suite

Interview with André Micoud, sociologist, President of the Rhone River Centre

Le déc 07, 2012 dans la categorie Edito, Initiatives, Research par Aswathi Chandramohan | 0 Commentaires »
Interview with André Micoud, sociologist, President of the Rhone River Centre You have done a great deal of work on the important changes in the role that nature plays in developed societies. Are rivers stakeholders in this process which is not just symbolic, but also practical in relation to how “objects of nature” are used in a contemporary urban context? What would be their role? Yes, industrialized societies are discovering, to their great concern, that the physical and biological realms have rules and boundaries which cannot be ignored. Whereas in the past we believed that scientific and technical advancements would free us from these constraints, today we must undertake a radical revision of this Promethean stance. Alongside “objects of nature” (such as climate, biodiversity, soils), rivers occupy their own particular place in this... Lire la suite