For much of the twentieth century, extensive highway systems were built along rivers and waterfronts, which often were degraded by industrialization. More recently, cities worldwide have begun to restore water resources and reconnect urban infrastructure with natural ecosystems. The City + Water: International Perspectives conference will feature presentations of park development in Spain, Colombia, Chile and the United States where constructed environments have been successfully integrated with urban watercourses.
The conference will be anchored by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design’s Visiting Scholar and architect Francisco Burgos, who is from Spain. Burgos’ team won the competition to design the redevelopment project recently completed along the Rio Manzaneros in Madrid.
Burgos will be joined by Sarah Kuehl and Liz Einwiller, principals of Einwillerkuehl Landscape Architecture, whose current projects include the Gateway Park at the eastern approach to the new Bay Bridge in Oakland; Colombian architect and urban designer Lorenzo Castro who, as Director of the Taller Profesional del Espacio Público, headed a team which designed and promoted a system of alamedas often running alongside rivers, wetlands, and creeks in Bogotá; and Chilean architect and urban designer Sandra Iturrieta who leads a team currently creating a system of bicycle routes and linear parks for a 42-kilometer stretch of the Rio Mapocho, Santiago’s river. CED faculty members will participate in the discussions.
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