Progressions and new deals between urban rivers and dwellers: from the enclosed channel to the new fluctuating social space

Progressions and new deals between urban rivers and dwellers: from the enclosed channel to the new fluctuating social space

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The twentieth century defined a pattern of relationship with urban rivers on a global scale based on criteria of exploitation and immediacy, where the riverside space would be suppressed in pursuit of a baseless need to protect citizens and properties. The new millennium would come with the pressures of climate change, forcing a paradigm shift that would translate into a new sensitivity towards these lines of conflict. Some international events began to show this reality, such as the 2004 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, but it was a great International Exhibition that materialized these changes in a great built work.
For three months the city of Zaragoza became the headquarters for the international exhibition Expo 2008, which centered on the theme “Water and Sustainable Development”. The exhibition grounds were located between the banks of the Ebro River and the edges of Zaragoza’s fourth ring road. In addition to serving as a splendid emblem of the exhibition’s intentions, the venue was the motivation to improve the city as a whole through, mainly, opening the city to the Ebro River, among other major infrastructural changes.
The relevance of the Water Park —designed by aldayjover— lies in recognizing that it meant designing a transformation process, attuned to the surroundings and to the passage of time, in a process that would established architectural, topographic and landscape logics to promote geographic, historic and territorial integration. Even so, the Water Park should not be understood as an isolated exercise, but rather explains the strategies used through the pioneering advance of very original projects and of a radically different scale. At the same time, the Water Park will mark a specific trend in subsequent works, indicating a specific and globally recognizable progression in the use of certain innovative tactics that will go from working on the idea of socio-ecological landscapes to dilution of classical partitions established by urban planning.

Corresponding Author

Erica Sogbe

Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

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Erica Sogbe

Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

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Ricardo Devesa

La Salle_Universidad Ramon Llull

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9. The Syndrome of Grand Projects: contamination processes between North-South, West-East, Global-Local

Second Preferred Track

4. Environment Impact Awareness in Urban Developments

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