Gerald Adler and Manolo Guerci recently launched their newly published book Riverine. Architecture and Rivers (Routledge 2019) at the London office of the architects Penoyre and Prasad, who kindly hosted the event. The poet and contributor to the book Kate Miller read from her poem ‘Waterloo Sunrise’, while Manolo Guerci recited an extract in the original dialect of ‘Er Temporale’, a poem from the 19th century Roman poet Gioacchino Belli. Gerald Adler concluded the event by remarking the genesis and range of the book, which brings together essays and photographic excursi dealing with all aspects of riverine, from east to west, north to south.
Riverscapes are the main arteries of the world’s largest cities, and have, for millennia, been the lifeblood of the urban communities that have developed around them. These human settlements – given life hrough the space of the local waterscapes – soon developed into ritualised spaces that sought to harness the dynamism of the watercourse and create local architectural landscape. Theorised via a sophisticated understanding of history, space, culture, and ecology, this collection of wonderful and deliberately wide-ranging case studies, from Early Modern Italy tyo the contemporary Bngal Delta, investigates the culture of human interaction with rivers and the nature of urban topography. Riverine explores the ways in which architecture and urban planning have imbued cultural landscapes with ritual and structural meaning.
Edited by Gerald Adler and Manolo Guerci, the book results from the CREAte (Centre for Research in European Architecture) conference held in 2014, and contains a selection of papers from that event in addition to pieces specially commissioned for the publication.
The conference will explore the relationship between architecture and rivers at a number of scales, from the geographical, topographical, through the urban, infrastructural, down to that of the individual building or space. It seeks to examine the interface between terrain and water through the techniques and cultures of landscape, urban, architectural and material history and design, and through cross-cultural studies in art, literature, and social and cultural history.
The conference is deliberately wide-ranging, and seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners with specific interests in the architecture of the river, in its widest sense. We welcome contributions dealing with rivers and architecture from contemporary designers.
The conference organisers are
Dr. Gerald Adler G.Adler@kent.ac.uk
Dr. Manolo Guerci M.Guerci@kent.ac.uk
It is our intention to explore riverine architecture through four distinct strands, and we ask that you submit your abstract in one of the following categories:
1 individual buildings and their relationship with water
2 urban ensembles
3 historical and theoretical viewpoints
4 wider topographical approaches ranging from cities to landscapes.
You should submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words in length outlining the theme of your paper.
The paper should be anonymous, i.e. it should not indicate your name
It should be submitted as a pdf file, and saved as follows: surname-title-riverine.pdf (e.g. adler-venice-riverine.pdf)
It should be emailed to
Submission by 12.00 Fri 25th October, ‘13
Confirmation of Acceptance Fri 15h November, ‘13
It is the intention of CREAte to publish a scholarly book based on selected contributions to the conference
The conference is hosted by CREAte
The Centre for Research in European Architecture
KSA_ Kent School of Architecture
University of Kent, Canterbury Kent CT2 7NR, UK