The River and the City

Contemporary Flows. Fluid Times

However rivers are part of a larger landscape of a human – nature ecosystem. Their presence both makes and shapes ‘space’ and those who live in it. Even though current economies see rivers only as a resource, and are often oblivious to larger ecological relationships, the life of the city on a river is intertwined with the river on which it is situated. One cannot be imagined without the other, and both may exist or be extinct together. Rivers reflect a contemporary moment and they also predict a future, much like a soothsayer’s looking glass.

Text and Photos:
Ravi Agarwal
November 2010

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