Monocle on Design
Rivers: Turning the tide
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23 March 2021
Photo: James Newton
From blank canvases for public art projects to quiet spaces for relaxation and reflection, we explore the myriad ways in which rivers and waterways continue to shape our built environment.
23 March 2021
Photo: James Newton
The Illuminated River project in London will light five bridges in the capital this spring including Waterloo, Westminster and Blackfriars. We speak to the architects and artist involved in this ambitious public art project.
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Photo: Jean-Baptiste Gurliat
Architects and landscape architects alike have often fostered a close relationship with rivers and waterways. Monocle’s Nic Monisse and editor in chief Andrew Tuck, discuss some of their favourite river-based projects.
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