Monocle on Design

Rivers: Turning the tide

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23 March 2021

Episode 493

30 minutes


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

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


Photo: James Newton

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Chapter 1

Illuminated River

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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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Chapter 2

8 minutes


Photo: Jean-Baptiste Gurliat

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Riverside Relations

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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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Daylighting in Yonkers

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The Saw Mill River has been buried under the streets of downtown Yonkers, New York, for nearly a century. We explore how daylighting this river has unearthed the waterway and brought it back to the community.

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Chapter 4

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River City, Randers

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We head to the city of Randers, Denmark, to look at how one development project will connect its residents to the Gudenå, Denmark’s longest river.

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