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RIVER, NAHR, RÍO
by Taraneh Meshkani
 

River, Nahr, Río examines the relationship between rivers and cities by proposing strategies that can tie the existing urban fabric in three cities of Cleveland, Beirut, and Medellín to their riverscapes.

 

Rivers have played a critical role in the process of urbanization throughout history. With industrialization, rivers got buried, canalized, polluted, and confined. The emergence of environmental issues and ecological awareness has recently led to many proposals and projects that focus on revitalizing rivers through the processes of re-naturalization, de-canalization, water quality improvement, pedestrian access, and transformation of the land-use along the rivers, mostly taking them from industrial to residential and leisure spaces.

River, Nahr, Río examines the relationship between rivers and cities by proposing strategies that can tie the existing urban fabric in three cities of Cleveland, Beirut, and Medellín to their riverscapes.

This book is based on the International Design Exchange (INDEX) studio, which aims to make global connections and proposes a comparative design approach that seeks to offer a pedagogical framework based on similarities and differences of three distinct urban contexts. As part of the studio, seventeen graduate students of Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design visited sites in Beirut, Lebanon, and Medellin, Columbia. The studio has been an international collaboration between our college and the Lebanese American University School of Architecture and Design in Beirut and the Department of Architecture at Santo Tomas Medellín University. The book includes three chapters of essays and interviews with experts from each city as well as illustrations of selected student design projects from the studio.

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