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
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... Read More
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
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