Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning published by the MIT Press, focuses on the most innovative and cutting-edge research in planning. Each volume is devoted to a different topic of interest to planning scholars, students, and professionals. As a peer-reviewed publication, Projections welcomes original high-quality submissions at the vanguard of planning theory and practice.
14: New Uses for Old Rivers: Rediscovering Urban Waterways
Urban rivers across the world are being turned from polluted backwaters into “blue space” and public amenities. Such transformations are unfolding in the global North and South, in major metropolises and in small towns. As rivers are repurposed for new uses, considerable political, social, and environmental consequences can ensue. River restoration projects can be unstable and exclusionary, but they can also provide opportunities to work toward more spatially integrated and sustainable cities. This volume of Projections brings together experiences from France, Thailand, Israel, and the United States to shed new light on the political economies and political ecologies of river restoration and urban development.