Eco-engineering for Water: From Soft to Hard and Back

  • Kelly Shannon
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 3)


Water-based urbanism, the design of cities around the role and dynamics of water, has been a powerful urban impetus. As a consequence of the location of cities along major rivers, on seacoasts, and in inland and coastal deltas, water urbanism is indeed a predominant part of the history and current status of many cities. However, water urbanism has changed and continues to face pressures. These pressures include a shift to urbanism based on transport by roads, and the need to adapt to changing climate and rising sea level. This chapter addresses changes in the paradigm of water-based urbanism, and summarizes opportunities to improve urban resilience by reclaiming key insights from the traditions of designing with water, as exemplified in Europe and Asia. The promise of contemporary urbanism is as a medium of synthesis to integrate new soft engineering approaches in the planning and development of (water-based) cities of tomorrow.


Water Urbanism Aerate Lagoon Integrate Resource Water Management Urban Design Mekong Delta 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oslo School of Architecture and DesignOsloNorway

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