Architecture and Water

1st Edition - January 1, 1986

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  • Author: Anthony Wylson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483100036

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Aquatecture: Architecture and Water examines the concept of aquatecture from both historical and contemporary viewpoints. The book is comprised of six chapters that discuss topics concerning architecture in aquatic environment. Chapter 1 reviews cultural and historical context that shaped the understanding of the water element. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the urban waterfront, the interface between urban life and coast or river. The book also tackles water environment where water is used for visual effect and amenity value. Water techniques and water space for effects and design are then dealt with. The text will be useful to architects who are planning to integrate the water element into their works.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. Water Context

    The Classical World

    The Islamic World

    The Chinese-Japanese Tradition

    The Urban Context

    Water Features and Water Activities

    Visual and Literary Images

    Marine Life and Ecology

    2. Urban Waterfront: Maritime Cities

    Classical Quays

    Medieval Maritime Trade

    Fortified Harbor Towns


    Holland and the Low Countries

    Ideal Cities and City Planning

    Post-Medieval Port Cities

    The Industrialized Waterfront

    Colonial and American Settlements

    North American Port Settlements

    Waterfront Industry and Commerce


    3. Urban Waterfront: Water Corridors

    Urban Rivers

    Inland Waterways in Britain


    4. Water Environment: Resorts


    British Seaside

    American Resorts

    European Seaside

    Promenades and Seaside Structures

    Accommodation, Entertainment and Beach Facilities

    The Pier

    Marina Communities


    Water Fun Parks and Leisure Centers

    5. Water Environment: Water Features

    Classical Fountains and Urban Gardens

    Islamic Tradition

    Moghul India and Hindu Water Context

    The Chinese-Japanese Tradition

    Renaissance and Baroque

    French Gardens and Le Notre

    Parks and Industrialization


    American Mini-Parks

    6. Water Environment: Water Techniques and Water Space

    Water Surface

    Wave Machines

    Flume Rides and Chutes

    Adventure Pools and Kiddies Pools

    Cascades and Waterfalls

    Jets, Sprays and Water Curtains

    Water Containers


    Water Space



Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Architectural Press 1986
  • Published: January 1, 1986
  • Imprint: Architectural Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483100036

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Anthony Wylson

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