composition waterfronts & harbors superplaces city-regions identity environment landscape history communication outskirts & suburbs urban market economics public spaces participation public policies heritage transport & logistics public art community brownfields surveys & analyses globalization urban projects urban growth knowledge
2 December 2011
Water "shapes" Meanings, uses and architectural works related to the most precious gift PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
EU, Culture Programme 2007-2013
CNR, istituto Nazionale delle Ricerche
ICVBC, Istituto per la Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali
THE WATER "SHAPES" PROJECT
Climate change and the growing scarcity of water makes it increasingly urgent to reflect on the fundamental role of water sources. The principal aim of this project is to focus on the importance of water with regard to its use as well as its cultural and artistic significance.
The project's originality lies in the identification of water with the cultural heritage assets to which it is related, to be preserved and enhanced in their multiple aspects, from the symbolic artefacts to the settlement models it is has influenced.
Six partners from the Euro - Mediterranean region - Italy, Spain, Portugal and France – will contribute with case studies from their respective countries, identifying and analysing the most characteristic and representative examples selected over a period of time ranging from Antiquity to the pre-industrial era.
The themes of the case studies selected by each partner country are:
1. "Acqua Sacra": water worship in the ancient world (Spain)
2. Water-culture artefacts in the Braga Region (Portugal)
3. Toulouse, from the Garonne to the canal du Midi: water communication systems in relation to the urban history (France)
4. Water, production system and landscape change in the lake Bolsena area (Italy)
The project aims to:
• create a systematic approach for enhancing knowledge relative to architectural artefacts connected with water;
• increase awareness of the need to preserve and enhance tangible and intangible heritage assets connected to water.
For all the informations and the rules of the competition see the files in downloads
• Consiglio Nazione delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali
• Universitat de Girona
• École Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Toulouse
• Universidade di Minho, Unidade de Arqueologia
• Univesitat Rovira i Virgili
• STUDIO 21 Grafica Design Multimedia s.n.c.
INFORMATION AND CONTACT
Water Shapes website
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Istituto per la Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali (ICVBC)
Tel: +39 (0)6 90672202
Fax: +39 (0)6 90672568
The Journal of Urbanism