Water as hazard and water as heritage

 
 


 

In a changing climate, hydrological and meteorological hazards related to water provoke more and more losses. Water courses are also causing other types of hazards, as alluvionar soil deposits are raising vulnerability to earthquakes through the Mexico City effect. On the other hand, water itself is a vulnerable habitat. To deal with the later, living museums including acquaria are planned, to raise awareness to protect the ecological diversity of water and water sites. Protecting water sites can be, at times, also protection against water related hazards, as landscape architecture begun to recognise recently. Floodplains are an alternative to dams and dikes. This would be already enough to underline water as dual element, but the duality goes futher. Having to think about duality, we think of Chinese philosophy. Water (or the lack of it, as in drought) destroys life as a hazard, but gives life as well. To this symbology of giving life is connected to role of water as heritage, to building culture next to the water. Architecture of river and coastalscapes underline this. Leisure architecture is connected to this, and includes also architectural objects such as bathes. 
Recently there were a couple of initiatives dealing with subjects other than the natural hazards view of natural sciences and engineering:
- the Water Junior Summit of the European Science Foundation looking to water from a multidisciplinary point of view in Stresa, Italy, in 2012
- the Water symposium in Japan for woman scientists at Hokaido university, since 2014, in a 5 year programme
- the seminar by Alina Payne from Harvard hold in the extended Meditaranean space "From Riverbed to Seashore" in 2013-2015
- the workshop on "Floods, dams and dikes in early modern world" at New Europe College, Romania in 2014.
Some other are forthcoming, such as
Water forms: History, Gestalt and Semantics of an Element, at Kunsthistorisches Institute Florenz, in 2016.

Approaches to hydrological and meteorological hazards within the EGU are numerous.

Aim of the workshop is to bring together participants to these events, who are known to the organiser, to examine the duality, so far neglected in EGU events.
The organiser is performing a scholarship on the topic of adequation of architecture programmes to the needs of women pioneers in architecture as investor, planer/designer and user, in the coming academic year.
Currently the applicant is requested by Springer to publish a book so this will be a good occasion for the proceedings.
The form of the workshop will be the science caffee, after presentations of the key note speakers the participants will gather at a round table and brainstorm on the a set of preselected questions.