Aire

The River and its Double

Topographic imagination applied: the award-winning renaturalization design for river Aire near Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Title Information

Edited by Superpositions. Essays by Jean-Marc Besse, Lorette Coen, Georges Descombes, G. Mathias Kondolf, Elissa Rosenberg, Gilles A. Tiberghien, and Marc Treib

1st edition

, 2018

Text English, French, and German

Hardback

320 pages, 50 color and 218 b/w illustrations

18 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-081-7

Content

South of Geneva, Switzerland, river Aire runs across a plain that for centuries has been agricultural land. From the late 19th century, the waterway has been embanked for flood protection, causing also the gradual loss of habitat for a large variety of plants and animals. In 2001, decisions were taken to re-naturalize the river. Yet rather than to merely reconstruct its former natural bed, Superpositions, the association of firms commissioned with the project, applied “topographic imagination”, a method termed by American landscape designer Elissa Rosenberg. It combines the embanked channel with a newly designed pasture landscape. The channel indicates a work in progress and serves as a reference line that makes “before” and “after” traceable.
This new book documents this much recognized, award-winning renaturalization project with drawings, images of construction work and of the new waterway. Essays and comments by international contributors Jean-Marc Besse, Lorette Coen, Gerorges Descombes, G. Mathias Kondolf, Elissa Rosenberg, Gilles A. Tiberghien, and Marc Treib demonstrate how the restored river Aire has been upgraded to become again a characteristic feature of this landscape on the fringe of the city.

Authors & Editors

Jean-Marc Besse

 is senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and teaches at Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Lorette Coen

 is a Swiss publicist and architecture and landscape critic.

Georges Descombes

 is an architect and landscape designer, and a professor of architecture University of Geneva. He has taught as a visiting professor also at Amsterdam’s Berlage Institut, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

G. Mathias Kondolf

 is a Professor of Landscape and Environmental Planning at University of California Berkley's College of Enivronmental Design.

Elissa Rosenberg

 is Professor emerita of Landscape Design at University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA.

Gilles A. Tiberghien

 is a philosopher and writer and a lecturer at Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Marc Treib

 is Professor emeritus of Architecture at University of California Berkley's College of Environmental Design.

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