Special Issue "Human–River Interactions in Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
EURIAS fellow, Collegium—Lyon Institute of Advanced Studies, ENS; CNRS UMR 5600 Environnement Ville Société, University of Lyon, Lyon, France
Interests: fluvial geomorphology; environmental planning; river restoration; sustainable floodplain management; urban rivers; social and biophysical connectivity of urban rivers; sustainable management of sediment in rivers and reservoirs; reservoir sedimentation; sediment starvation
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Interests: urban planning; landscape design; ecotourism; sustainable tourism planning; public access to urban rivers; sustainability of global south, water front design, civic engagement in public space
Interests: social geography; environmental controversies; public perception of riverscapes; river history; water governance
Most cities are located on rivers, and for very good historical reasons, which included navigation/commerce, fisheries, water supply, waste disposal, and quotidian uses, such as washing clothes. The identities and distinctive characteristics of many cities are closely tied to their rivers, and the many ways their residents interact with their urban waters. In recent decades, urban riverfront projects have become ubiquitous in the developed world, and increasingly promoted in the developing world. Both celebrated as revitalizing neglected urban centers and criticized for displacing the disenfranchised populations, these projects raise questions about what constitutes ‘restoration’ in the urban context, to what degree natural processes and ecological values can be restored in such contexts, and how sustainable ecological benefits will be in light of the urban context. In highly-dense cities, the social benefits of restoration likely overshadow the potential ecological benefits. Moreover, attempts to transplant waterfront restoration approaches from a successful application in one city to another with different characteristics commonly fail when the diversity of fluvial form and resulting culture is not adequate accounted for. Thus, there are fundamental questions about the sustainability of these projects, from the hydrologic, ecological, and social perspectives.
These themes were explored at the IS Rivers conference in Lyon, France, in June 2018, in a session on ‘City-River Interactions’, supported by the Collegium—Lyon Institute of Advanced Studies. A number of papers in our special issue derive from presentations and discussions at the IS Rivers conference, but the special issue is by no means restricted to papers presented there, and in fact the issue already includes papers published or in review that are independent of the conference. We invite your contributions to this Special Issue, edited with the support of the Collegium, exploring these rich human–river interactions in the urban environment.Sincerely yours,
Prof. G. Mathias Kondolf
Dr. Amir Gohar
Prof. Yves-François Le Lay
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- urban rivers
- human-river interactions
- urban waterfronts