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River Cities, City Rivers

River Cities, City Rivers

Edited by Thaïsa Way

ISBN 9780884024255

Publication date: 06/04/2018

Cities have been built alongside rivers throughout history. These rivers can shape a city’s success or cause its destruction. At the same time, city-building reshapes rivers and their landscapes. Cities have harnessed, modified, and engineered rivers, altering ecologies and creating new landscapes in the process of urbanization. Rivers are also shaped by the development of cities as urban landscapes, just as the cities are shaped by their relationship to the river.

In the river city, the city river is a dynamic contributor to the urban landscape with its flow of urban economies, geographies, and cultures. Yet we have rarely given these urban landscapes their due. Building on emerging interest in the resilience of cities, this book and the original symposium consider river cities and city rivers to explore how histories have shaped the present and how they might inform our visions of the future.


  • A beguiling and fascinating book…with the look and feel of a coffee table book. Its oversized pages are populated with lithographs, maps, photos, and hand-drawn designs, enabling the reader to feel immersed within the stories of the cities and their rivers as they unfold alongside the text… The complex histories of great river cities such as those selected provokes the reader into asking what is next for urban spaces.

    —Mary Gearey, Environment, Space, Place


  • Thaïsa Way is the Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Book Details

  • 418 pages
  • 1-1/8 x 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection