When we project the future of a city, we are imagining a story. If people believe in this story and identify with it, they will be able to cooperate to make that future happen. But… What stories are told for our cities?
The Isar river (Munich, Germany) was straightened and walled in, and went through a recent restoration process.
It does not make any sense to knock down long stretches of the gallery forest to build concrete walls, with the aim of achieving the image of the international river used as imagetical reference. There are several good examples that integrate the city and nature through the rivers.
In the Ruhr region, small mountains were created with mining waste materials. Currently greed and restored, they are parks for preservation and leisure.
The city should provide an environment that stimulates creativity and innovation for its residents.
Reflections on the times in Germany, the new values of the society and the relation with cities
The center of the city of Guimarães is today a living room of the city, explains the architect Manuel Roque.
As a pilot project, the process started in the Ribeira da Granja made the practice to bury the rivers and make them run through the pipes water under the bridge now. "Portugal is no longer 'tubing' rivers," says Pedro Teiga.
Brazil can take full advantage of the rivers to create interconnected parks along them, bringing more leisure, active mobility and valuing the landscape.
There are many reasons to daylight rivers, such as the contact of the people with the river, the return of the fauna and flora. But one of them is quite persuasive: air conditioning.