The Lost Rivers of London

Their Effects Upon London and Londoners, and Those of London and Londoners Upon Them
Author: Nicholas Barton,Stephen Myers
Publisher: 3RD EDITION
ISBN: 9781905286515
Category: London (England)
Page: 223
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Meat, Commerce and the City

The London Food Market, 1800–1855
Author: Robyn S Metcalfe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317321316
Category: History
Page: 272
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This study examines the struggle between Smithfield market's supporters and detractors and argues that this demonstrates a major shift in the way the urban landscape came to be used.

The Fabric of Space

Water, Modernity, and the Urban Imagination
Author: Matthew Gandy
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262028255
Category: Architecture
Page: 368
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Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North. In this book, Matthew Gandy considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood. Gandy begins with the Parisian sewers of the nineteenth century, captured in the photographs of Nadar, and the reconstruction of subterranean Paris. He moves on to Weimar-era Berlin and its protection of public access to lakes for swimming, the culmination of efforts to reconnect the city with nature. He considers the threat of malaria in Lagos, where changing geopolitical circumstances led to large-scale swamp drainage in the 1940s. He shows how the dysfunctional water infrastructure of Mumbai offers a vivid expression of persistent social inequality in a postcolonial city. He explores the incongruous concrete landscapes of the Los Angeles River. Finally, Gandy uses the fictional scenario of a partially submerged London as the starting point for an investigation of the actual hydrological threats facing that city.

The Hydropolitics of Dams

Engineering or Ecosystems?
Author: Mark Everard
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1780325436
Category: Science
Page: 320
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The Hydropolitics of Dams charts the troubled waters of 'heavy engineering' approaches to ecosystem management, exploring the history, benefits and problems of large dams. It then explores diverse ecosystem-based approaches to management of human interactions with the water cycle, concluding that a synthesis of approaches is needed in future. The book also addresses political, economic and legal dimensions of water management. Featuring case studies from China, India and South Africa, this insightful new book argues that there are more appropriate physical and social technologies that can help to sustainably provide access to clean water for all.

Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design

Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities
Author: S.T.A. Pickett,M.L. Cadenasso,Brian McGrath
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400753411
Category: Science
Page: 499
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The contributors to this volume propose strategies of urgent and vital importance that aim to make today’s urban environments more resilient. Resilience, the ability of complex systems to adapt to changing conditions, is a key frontier in ecological research and is especially relevant in creative urban design, as urban areas exemplify complex systems. With something approaching half of the world’s population now residing in coastal urban zones, many of which are vulnerable both to floods originating inland and rising sea levels, making urban areas more robust in the face of environmental threats must be a policy ambition of the highest priority. The complexity of urban areas results from their spatial heterogeneity, their intertwined material and energy fluxes, and the integration of social and natural processes. All of these features can be altered by intentional planning and design. The complex, integrated suite of urban structures and processes together affect the adaptive resilience of urban systems, but also presupposes that planners can intervene in positive ways. As examples accumulate of linkage between sustainability and building/landscape design, such as the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park and Toronto’s Lower Don River area, this book unites the ideas, data, and insights of ecologists and related scientists with those of urban designers. It aims to integrate a formerly atomized dialog to help both disciplines promote urban resilience.

River channel restoration

guiding principles for sustainable projects
Author: Andrew Brookes,F. Douglas Shields
Publisher: Wiley
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 433
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River Channel Restoration summarises the current state of the art for river channel, floodplain and catchment restoration, and provides practical guiding principles for river managers. Fundamental principles are illustrated with case studies and experiences in a wide range of settings, principally Northern Europe and North America. An objective is to guide river managers away from trial and error approaches to appraisal and design. A multi-functional approach to restoration projects is needed, encompassing disciplines such as hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, water quality, ecology and landscape. Although concentrating on abiotic factors, this book will be of considerable interest to all disciplines with an interest in restoration. Contributors include university scientists, researchers, and practitioners from regulatory and consultancy organisations.

Cross River Traffic

A History of London's Bridges
Author: Chris Roberts
Publisher: N.A
Category: Bridges
Page: 196
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London has seventeen points where the Thames can be strolled over ranging from the fantastically fruity Tower Bridge to the grim functionalism of Wandsworth. Cross River Traffic tells the history of the current crossings (and their predecessors) - why and how they were built as well as incidents that have occurred on them, from ghost stories to terrorist plots, sexual antics to suicides. The book explores the reasons why the crossings are situated where they are and the effect on the communities they link as well as on London as a whole. The bridges stitch the north and south of the river together, and are crucial in making it the unified metropolis of the Victorian era and are aiding the refashioning of London's waterfront in the 21st century. It also answers crucial questions such as why do London's bikers meet on Chelsea Bridge, who was assassinated on Waterloo and how a hairdresser save Hammersmith and a poet the Albert Bridge. Illustrated with stunning photographs of each bridge by a selection of London based photographers, Cross River Traffic is a delightfully digressive and informative history.

Channelized rivers

perspectives for environmental management
Author: Andrew Brookes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Category: Nature
Page: 326
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Channelized Rivers Perspectives for Environmental Management Andrew Brookes Environmental Consultant, Reading, UK For centuries engineers have modified river channels in order to control floods, drain land, prevent erosion and improve navigation. The natural shape of many rivers has been dramatically changed, often with dire environmental consequences. This book demonstrates the role fluvial geomorphology can play in the design of river channels, both to lessen environmental impact and to enhance the success of channelization schemes. It considers the physical and biological impacts of channelization, the repercussions downstream and in the adjacent floodplain. Revised procedures and designs are proposed which minimize harsh environmental impacts. The interdisciplinary approach of the book offers river managers the opportunity to make more environmentally sensitive decisions in the course of their work. The book will be of great interest to geomorphologists, biologists and civil engineers working in the water industry.


Contemporary Art and Culture
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Art, Modern
Page: N.A
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Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Classical philology
Page: N.A
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Downloading bibliographic records

proceedings of a one-day seminar
Author: John Foulkes,MARC Users' Group
Publisher: Gower Pub Co
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 72
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British local history

a selected bibliography
Author: Dillon's University Bookshop
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 80
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