Manchester Ship Canal : back to the future for disused European waterways

Elkadi, HA ORCID: and Biscaya, S ORCID: 2021, Manchester Ship Canal : back to the future for disused European waterways , KIT Scientific Publishing, Germany. (In Press)

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Set within the dramatic environs of the historic counties of Cheshire and Lan-cashire that inspired the mystical landscapes and inception of the first planned industrial estate, this project will explore the creation of a distributed Metropole straddling the 36 miles long Manchester Ship Canal. A water-filled canal framed by the historic landscapes, which for centuries has been recognized as a inspiring regeneration project has defined (since 1885), Manchester as the third busiest port In Britain. The low-lying areas throughout this region are characterized by river settlements and centuries-old agricultural patterns that persist today. The development of Media City at one end provides a smart typology that could expand across the canal. The metropole will create smart networks between the distinct, but overlapping geographies of the river, farms, villages, business parks, and ports, allowing these areas to retain their present uses, while becoming part of a larger coordinated smart system of sites, services and ecologies. The goal will be to design architecture and infrastructure that support the evolving programtic typologies of the region while mediating the borders between the different indus-tries, cultures, and avocations that are vying to co-exist in the region. Like urban settlements, the rural landscape is artificially shaped to meet social, and economic needs. Like the landscape, urban settlements are shaped by the geographical, top-ographical, and spatial conditions of the landscapes they occupy. This smart knit-ted metropole is a Metaphor for the complexity of human habitation and society around Manchester Ship Canal. This project will investigate how urban/rural patterns provide differing conditions for living and working. The project is to read and analyse these urban /rural settlement structures and provide insight into the patterns of living and working that have formed them and possible development of a smart networked metropole that integrate the urban and rural socio-economic and physical infrastructures.

Item Type: Book
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Depositing User: Professor Hisham Elkadi
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 15:15
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 07:30

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