For a long time the historic canals in the urban landscape of Rotterdam were forgotten. Today water plays the prominent role, that once it had within the city and can be discovered by visitors once again. The transformation of Stadwater is in fact a reversion of the relationship between the city and its urban canals. Since medieval times the urban water was not orientated towards the water, resulting in back-sides of the buildings along the water and anonymous public realm along the water, such as parking spaces and delivery roads. The canal route was fragmented, all having their own name: Stokviswater, Haagse Veer, Delftse Vaart, Zijl, Steigersgracht, en de Leuvekolk.
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Canal corridor and urban park space © Cadence
Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish awarded Cadence first place and a $30,000.00 prize for its proposed design for the West Esplanade Drainage Canal. Cadence, a full-service planning and landscape architecture firm, used their solution to convert the functional, but blighted canal into a usable green space for the community. The project site is located in Metairie, Louisiana and sits on the western border of New Orleans. The canal runs through both residential and commercial zones, spans 2.4 miles in length, is surrounded by two lanes of traffic on either side and includes vehicular bridges that traverse over the canal. The challenge was to make for a more visual appealing landscape, while maintaining flood protection and canal functionality, ensuring financially feasibility and abiding by regulatory parameters.
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