By Germaine Sanders – The waters of the Tiber are the lifeline of this eternal city. The city of millions from antiquity that, after periods of decay, was repeatedly rebuilt with stones from the past and with the grandeur of every own time. The sea, which received the meandering river water closer to the current city than now, brought salt to the city. The water that flowed from the mountains to the sea has flooded the city a lot. The oldest squares and the Pantheon were located in the lowest parts of the city and were built so that flooding water was part of the public space where people gathered to honor various higher powers. Water mirrors formed special parts of the ritual space, and drainage points for rainwater formed a decorative pattern in the floor of, for example, the Pantheon. Stepped stone banks kept trade throughput flexible. Sewer systems were separated from clean water supply. Only after the flood of 1870 was the Tiber confined between tight high quay walls, in order to prevent flooding of the city. Rigorous measures that are now being rethought, with a focus on climate change. The question is whether flooding is the biggest threat to the future of the city? The high walls do their job but ultimately threaten the water management of the city and thus also the hospitality for people and the preservation of the priceless culture of the eternal city. The quay walls are one of the defining elements of great infrastructure, as are the city walls, the routes, the hills and of course the water. The magic of Rome enchants anyone who sees with their own eyes where histories converge in places that give new life to people time and again. But humans are part of nature in which they may or may not survive. My question is: how is Rome going to give new life to urban nature? I explored that, I drew it and photographed it. I discussed that with many people within and parallel to the SOSCW Rome project.
https://www.cponh-sosclimatewaterfront.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/SOSCW-ROMA-pages-2-scaled.jpg 1809 2560 Fred Sanders https://www.cponh-sosclimatewaterfront.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/logo_SOSWaterfrontclimate.png Fred Sanders2022-07-01 17:42:222022-09-21 17:06:17How is Rome going to give new life to urban nature?