• 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

on juin 25, 2013 in Edito, Initiatives, News by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

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

on juin 25, 2013 in Edito, Initiatives, News by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

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

on jan 07, 2013 in Edito, Initiatives by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

Inland waterways, a book by Bernard Le Sueur

on jan 01, 2013 in Edito, Initiatives, Publications by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

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

on déc 10, 2012 in Edito, Events, News by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

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

on déc 07, 2012 in Edito, Initiatives, Research by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

IS Rivers – Managing our rivers: Research and Action (Lyon, June 2012)

on avr 25, 2012 in Edito by admin | No Comments »
IS Rivers - Managing our rivers: Research and Action (Lyon, June 2012) Newsflash: Interview with Anne Clémens, Director-General of the Rhone River Basin Research Observatory The first international conference on Integrative sciences and sustainable development of rivers will take place in Lyon, from 26 to 28 June 2012. It will allow scientists, regional authorities and other stakeholders to gain an insight into the complexity and diversity of our river systems, and will give them the opportunity to share their experiences, expertise and research, and discuss the particular effects of regional policies on river basin districts within a European context. Discussions will centre on three key themes: (1) The social context of rivers, (2) the ecological context of rivers, and (3) the sustainable management of rivers. The organizers wish to facilitate an open... Read More

“Tell me your (river) story”: an educational project between rivers

on avr 20, 2012 in Edito, Initiatives by Emmanuelle Robert | No Comments »
“Tell me your (river) story”: an educational project between rivers A journey of self-discovery through a patchwork of stories. Riverside schoolchildren aged 8-12 years swap their respective experiences of the Senegal and Niger rivers in Mali. Under the watchful gaze of their teachers, they exchange their “notes” gathered during their excursions: photos, songs, sketches, stories… all of which will be posted on the Internet for others to share and discover. A fun and stimulating way to see rich and diverse landscapes through the eyes of these budding explorers; a thousand and one new perspectives and opportunities to be acquainted with the world’s rivers, to discover their actual wonders and imagine their possible futures. Support for this educational exchange program comes from Maisons du fleuve (River Centres), a civil society network... Read More