Hydroelectric power: architecture, water and landscape

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Chiara Rizzi


This contribution wants to sum up some of the considerations developed during the research carried out for BIM of Adige - Trento Province Consortium of Municipalities - and ended on April 2016 with the conference “La città dell’Alt(r)o Adige. Esiti di un percorso di ricerca per il BIM Adige”.

Research outcomes show a result – not a definite one - of a survey done with an across-the-board point of view of the disciplines that deal with the relationship between watercourses and human settlements. This viewpoint goes through the disciplines’ borders making the architecture and landscape project again a central focus among the most pivotal issues. This reflection begins with a phenomenon that has emerged with some urgency in recent years: the exponential growth of the demands for the creation of new lines and hydroelectric plants, especially small or very small. This new phase coincides with one of the most co) mplex moments of watercourse management due to the overlapping of distinct goals set by two different European Directives that are in conflict with each other: the need to increase the use of renewable energies (Directive 2009/28 / EC) and the need to meet the requirements for classification, protection and improvement of water bodies (Directive 2000/ 60 / EC). This theme becomes an opportunity to make wider reflection on the conflicts generated by the different uses of watercourses and the need to rethink them according to an ecosystem approach.

For a wider discussion of the following subjects, please see the volume titled La città dell’altro Adige, of the same author, published by ListLab 2016.


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RizziC. (2017). Hydroelectric power: architecture, water and landscape. UPLanD - Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(3), 87-100. https://doi.org/10.6093/2531-9906/5410


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