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Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

Past, Present and Future

Editors: Hein, Carola (Ed.)

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  • Crosses regional and national boundaries to meet global challenges
  • Proposes an integrated policy on preservation, transformation and adaptive reuse of water-related structures
  • Offers tools to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders 
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This Open Access book, building on research initiated by scholars from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CHGD) and ICOMOS Netherlands, presents multidisciplinary research that connects water to heritage. Through twenty-one chapters it explores landscapes, cities, engineering structures and buildings from around the world. It describes how people have actively shaped the course, form and function of water for human settlement and the development of civilizations, establishing socio-economic structures, policies and cultures; a rich world of narratives, laws and practices; and an extensive network of infrastructure, buildings and urban form. 

The book is organized in five thematic sections that link practices of the past to the design of the present and visions of the future: part I discusses drinking water management; part II addresses water use in agriculture; part III explores water management for land reclamation and defense; part IV examines river and coastal planning; and part V focuses on port cities and waterfront regeneration. 

Today, the many complex systems of the past are necessarily the basis for new systems that both preserve the past and manage water today: policy makers and designers can work together to recognize and build on the traditional knowledge and skills that old structure embody. This book argues that there is a need for a common agenda and an integrated policy that addresses the preservation, transformation and adaptive reuse of historic water-related structures. Throughout, it imagines how such efforts will help us develop sustainable futures for cities, landscapes and bodies of water.  

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction: Connecting Water and Heritage for the Future

    Pages 1-18

    Hein, Carola (et al.)

  • Silent and Unseen: Stewardship of Water Infrastructural Heritage

    Pages 20-39

    Meisha Hunter Burkett,

  • The Qanat System: A Reflection on the Heritage of the Extraction of Hidden Waters

    Pages 40-57

    Sanaan Bensi, Negar

  • Studying Ancient Water Management in Monte Albán, Mexico, to Solve Water Issues, Improve Urban Living, and Protect Heritage in the Present

    Pages 58-77

    Rojas, Araceli (et al.)

  • Thirsty Cities: Learning from Dutch Water Supply Heritage

    Pages 78-103

    Loen, Suzanne

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Book Title
Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage
Book Subtitle
Past, Present and Future
  • Carola Hein
Springer International Publishing
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XIX, 435
Number of Illustrations
37 b/w illustrations, 167 illustrations in colour