Flowing with the River
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Carried by the flow of water, this thesis is a journey into rediscovering the power of the River to animate and give reason to urban life. Its purpose is to create an alternate reality that brings people back to the primal uses of the River; a nomadic space capable of affecting both one’s world, and their perceptions of it. By doing so, it is possible to escape from the chaos of urbanity, and move along the riverbanks to connect different realities. Water becomes a companion that leads us along this path. This research examines the Seine River system in particular. It runs from the core of France to the ocean, shaping a valley that links a socio- cultural and economic corridor with the rest of the world. More locally, my focus is on where the Seine flows past the metropolis of Paris, one of the world’s most influential cities and popular tourist destinations. I develop a floating public space which serves as a metaphorical cathedral of the Seine extending from the bowels of the city through the sewers and onto the bed of the river: a flowing space to gather and worship the force of the water. Taking shape as vapor or liquid, water can be calm or rough; friend or enemy. From wastewater to fresh water, from dirty to clean water is the protagonist of this journey.
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Nicoletto Elisa (2018). Flowing with the River. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/12872