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Trend Watch February 2022
Paris has plans to make the Seine swimmable by 2024:
by Feargus O’Sullivan
The City of Paris is undertaking a new project, ‘Projet Life Adsorb,’ which may soon make Paris’s river Seine clean enough to swim in. Various attempts have been made to make the Seine swimmable, the first in 1988. Most recently, in 2017, swimming pools opened along Canal Saint Martin, a more sheltered waterway in the city’s east. Unfortunately high bacteria levels regularly force swimmers out of the pools.
The new plan, which is being designed and implemented by a team of experts overseen by the City of Paris, “might be able to curb pollution more permanently, making it swimmable – and usable as a competition venue – in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics,” writes Bloomberg’s Feargus O’Sullivan.
“The city’s 19th century sewer system mixes sewage with rainwater, and during heavy downpours can be overwhelmed by the volume of liquid it needs to channel.” Such occasions, they write, result in “over 2 million cubic metres of sewage contaminated water” finding its way into the river.
The new project features a stormwater tank to store around 46,000 cubic metres of water, enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool 30 times over, and alleviate the drain overflow that causes sewage to spill into the river. The tank will be installed near Gare d’Austerlitz, beneath a public garden on the city’s left bank, and connect to underground sewers. The topsoil above will be spacious enough for trees to grow in.
Even this ambitious tank will not be infallible— “the city estimates that 100,000 cubic metres of waste water will enter the river annually,” so there is still the potential for the tank to prove inadequate. Despite this, the project continues to build on past improvements – and no effort to decrease pollution has been fruitless. Pollution levels in the Seine are now far lower than in the nineties, and “the number of fish species has increased markedly,” reports O’Sullivan.
Read the full story at Bloomberg.
Recess is a time of conflict for children. Here are 6 school design tips to keep the peace:
By Fatemeh Aminpour
“Students experience an average of one conflict at recess every three minutes,” writes Fatemeh Aminpour on The Conversation.
Aminpour conducted research at three public primary schools in Sydney, Australia — her findings reveal how design can be used to reduce conflict and encourage inclusive play. “My study explored children’s views on the activities that usually triggered conflict and the ways in which school grounds could be designed to avoid it,” says Aminpour.
Since schools tend to have a “No Running Fast On Concrete” rule, Aminpour suggests offering more grassed areas to diffuse conflicts that often arise from multiple groups of children playing separate activities in the same space.
She says that zoning spaces according to activity type, incorporating physical barriers and allowing buffer space between play areas will reduce conflict between groups.
These interventions would prevent, for example, a situation where “children running around fast or playing with balls are seen as ‘disruptive’ to those sitting or playing with cards, and vice versa … the space is no longer felt as a ‘very relaxing place,’ children who seek ‘peace’ and ‘quiet’ have to withdraw.”
Aminpour points out that offering more natural settings also reduces conflict. She says, “Children of diverse personal characteristics — including gender, age and ability — use natural settings without conflict … they hide behind tree trunks … practice balancing on their massive roots, and use their malleable resources in their creative play.”
Aminpour’s research reveals that ensuring that play areas are plentiful, organised and engaging minimises conflict. In turn, the school yard can be inclusive and supportive of all children, and help positive social interactions and relationships to develop.
Read the story in the The Conversation.
A leading voice in placemaking, Kylie Legge is an architecture graduate, planner, place maker, author, facilitator, curator and entrepreneur. She is founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary placemaking consultancy based in Sydney, Australia and Place Score – the world’s first place experience measurement company. How did you get started and find your unique career pathway? My career has tended to veer off the beaten track. I’ve never been too worried about what other people think and am risk-hungry. I’m also interested in disruption – looking for better ways of doing things. At 23 as an architecture grad I talked my way into an internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I lived a double life, working in a dive bar by night and at the most …
Bill Morrison and Darrel Conybeare, co-founders and directors of Street Furniture Australia, are celebrating 40 years of design practice with their architecture and urban design studio, CM+. The two young architects, shaped by formative experiences in the US and UK working with major players such as Eames, William Holford & Partners and the Farrell/Grimshaw Partnership – started their own venture in 1980 to shape cities through the still-fledgling practice of urban design. Their work includes the redesign of Macquarie Street and Circular Quay in Sydney for the 1988 Bicentennial, designing prominent Canberra spaces such as City Walk, universities in China and Kuching Waterfront in Malaysia. Bill and Darrel’s philosophy considers how a design might discover a the urban pulse and heritage of a city, reveal its urban character, and recognise …
Design For Forest: by Zaš Brezar In Europe, landscape architects are using simple interventions to manipulate the use of forests while prioritising their essential environmental function, writes Zaš Brezar for Landezine. Landscape architects, Zaš writes, can “bring forests closer to people in a meaningful and careful way. Empowering bonds between landscapes and people is one of the most important tasks of our profession. We maintain what we appreciate.” Strengthening the existing, and designing by maintenance rather than from scratch, is central to designing forests with conservation and care in mind, they say. In Strandskogen Arninge Ullna, a park in Sweden, landscape architects maintained “existing ambiences” by choreographing visitors’ movement through the dense riparian forest on elevated walkways. “This way, they have minimised the impact of people staying in the woods …
Making a city sloth-friendly: By Sarah Holder “A conservation foundation in Costa Rica is trying to help the tree-dwelling mammals survive rapid urbanisation by building road crossings,” writes Sarah Holder for Bloomberg CityLab. As a result of rapid population and infrastructure growth in Costa Rica, many sloth populations have been all but eliminated. Costa Rica’s Sloth Conservation Foundation founder, Rebecca Cliffe, says it’s not too late to protect the slow creatures, “We’ve got such a good opportunity in this region to try and achieve this coexistence and balance … There’s still a chance to reverse the damage and do things the right way.” The ideal habitat for a sloth, she says, is “a dense forest canopy, which well-camouflaged animals can navigate without drawing attention to themselves or running into ground-dwelling …
Cities’ answer to sprawl? Go wild: ‘Rewilding,’ “…the growing global trend of introducing nature back into cities” has the capacity to “help bolster climate resilience, biodiversity, even moods,” writes Chris Malloy in Cities’ Answer to Sprawl? Go Wild. “Globally, past urban planning decisions like the prioritisation of the car have given rise to cities that, but for scattered parks, tend to be divorced from nature.” However, “growing urban sprawl heightens the need to build zones to manage runoff and temperatures and preserve biodiversity.” In the face of the many consequences of rapid urbanisation and climate change including “loss of biodiversity, urban heat islands, climate vulnerability, and human psychological changes,” rewilding could impact the health of our cities. As amorphous spaces, Malloy says that “most definitions agree that rewilded spaces should …