Bruno De Meulder, Kelly Shannon
April 15, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 550 Pages
ISBN 9781498769501 - CAT# K29304
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Dams and reservoirs illustrate, as no other construction, the etymological meaning of infrastructure. However, dams and reservoirs are also highly contested due to their enormous ecological and environmental impacts, as well as the often dramatic social and economic consequences for resettled populations and their unfulfilled expectations of development. The in-depth case studies in this book, spanning from the second half of the twentieth century until today, reveal that many dams throughout history and throughout the world have proven themselves to be outdated and a precursor to the contemporary paradigmatic shift that is emerging regarding new concepts of water management.
Introduction. Dam(ned) Urbanism: Revisiting the Technological Wet Dreams of Modernism. Timeline of Damming & Reservoir Building since 1900. Colonial & Postcolonial Africa. Inga (Congo): 120 years of Dam(ned) Plans. River Volta Project (Ghana). Kariba Dam (Zambezi River). Dams: an Italian Export Product. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Traditions & Nation-building Projects in Asia. Northern Taiwanese Ponds. Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli Development Project. Indus: Dams over Troubled Water Pakistan & India. Ganges Water Machine. Three Gorges Dam, China. Immense Resourcefulness of the Northern Vastness. Norway. Syncrude Tailings Dam: Alberta, Canada. Russia. (Failure of) Natural Equipment of the Metropole. Sao Paulo: Cantareira System. Isfahan: Historic Reservoirs. Johannesburg: Mining Metropole. Contemporary Issues. China’s Imperialistic Damming Wave. Dam Removal, River Restoration. Old Tools/New Technology: Micro-Hydrology/ Sand Dams.