Together with the womenfolk of the village, I washed my son's diapers in a nearby river, as the idea of using bottled mineral Water to do that task did not bode well. Water to drink, cook, wash and bathe was supplied by a truck that would service the coastal villages three times a day, delivering 25l casks of mineral Water. The familiar call of "Aaaaa-gua-aaa" was always welcome, as I attempted to keep the thee of us clean, healthy and hydrated.
On returning to South Africa sometime later, and realising that architectural practice was reserved mainly for the elite; did not align with my longing to serve the collective, nor provide a wholistic system of design to better serve planet, place and people, I embarked on a master's degree during which time I became fascinated by the work of Katherine Wentworth Rinne, “THE WATERS OF THE CITY OF ROME”: “Aquae Urbis Romae”
The study begins in 753 BC and is intended to extend to the present day; it aims to increase understanding of the profound relationships that exist between Water systems, cultural practice, and the urban development of Rome, and by its example - all cities, landscapes, and environments.
It is highly recommended, that students of Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning explore this interactive map and timeline. The study of a 2800 year old manmade infrastructure, which reflects a cultural landscape may influence your thinking about how to better implement design strategies for Water infrastructure, that would positively influence the landscapes of our future cities.
“Love for our waters should go hand in hand with love of our cities and towns. As we attempt to remediate past wrongs to our environment we must also keep in mind that there is no one right answer, and even the best answer is part of a process. Our goal is to encourage a new level of urban analysis and appreciation, based on an acknowledgement of where and how we live in our watershed, and of the impact that hydrological forces, processes and technology have on the development of a city. By examining any town or city through its Water infrastructure, we will all gain a richer understanding of urban dynamics. Furthermore, as designers and planners we will be able to ground our theoretical and design work more fully in the real context of the city, and as citizens will be able to see our urban environment as a network of linked forces, which in turn will bring a deeper understanding of the specific features of individual neighbourhoods and places”.
Roman Engineering – Aqueducts:
Furthermore, that ‘by maintaining the connectivity of the urban-water-continuum citizens are able to understand their own place in reflection to the territory of the city’, which provides a sense of identity and belonging – vital to the functioning of a healthy society.
Myself, at the Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune with his trident is accompanied by two dolphins) on Piazza del Popolo - July, 2018.
Marble pebbles, tossed and tumbled for eons, embody the history of Rome and the spirit of the place - July, 2018.