• 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

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

on déc 11, 2012 in Events, Research by Aswathi Chandramohan | No Comments »
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... Read More

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

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

The river carries urban images: forms and issues

on mar 25, 2012 in Research by Emmanuelle Robert | No Comments »
The river carries urban images: forms and issues The river is poised to act as an urban image. In two decades, its banks have become an essential part of the urban setting. The forms and issues related to the current construction of this landscape are the object of Fanny Romain’s thesis, which will be presented in a Geo-carrefour article. Through the example of Perpignan and Montpellier, two cities in the south of France, through which the Tet and the Lez respectively pass, the analysis explores the pivotal role of the river in the urban project. It follows from this analysis, that the river is called upon as a public policy argument of the city, softening the current urban reorganization and introducing a new sense of public space. ♦ The fluvial landscape is now a widely disseminated theme: the principal indication of this is the... Read More