Lost Rivers

Once upon a time, in almost every city, many rivers flowed. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? This documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

Synopsis

Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century’s version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.

Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind… until now. That’s because urban dwellers are on a quest to reconnect with this denigrated natural world. Lost Rivers takes us on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of these lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. We search for the disappeared Petite rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the Garrison Creek in Toronto, the River Tyburn in London, the Saw Mill River in New York, and the Bova-Celato River in Bresica, Italy. Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

Information
rivieresperdues.radio-canada.ca/en/film

 

Film Info

Date: Thursday 26th June
Venue:
Arts Tower
Time:
Start 7pm
Tickets:
FREE ADMISSION


Director:
Caroline Bacle
Subject: Architecture, Urban Planning
Runtime: 1 hour 12 mins
Language: English

Venue Info

Lecture theatre LT04,
Lower Ground Floor
Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN

Contact Info

0114 222 0399
www.shef.ac.uk/architecture
ssoa@sheffield.ac.uk

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