People have been celebrating World Water Day every year since 1993, when March 22 was first chosen as the day. Each year, UN-Water has selected a different focus for WWD, and in 2015 the focus is sustainable development. If the film Lost Rivers made you want to learn more about the way water is used in cities, check out the page for World Water Day. Small cities are rapidly growing: 1 out of 2 people on the globe lives in the city. A key to sustainable cities will be effective water infrastructures; as it stands many of these systems are out of date and may be wasting more water than they are providing. In Canada, people will be celebrating Canada Water Week from March 16-22, with events throughout the country. Click here to find an event in your city.
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Since the early 1970′s, the Sawmill River in downtown Dartmouth has been diverted into a culvert running under the city streets. In 2015, the pipe carrying the water is due to be replaced, and The Ecology Action Centre, an environmental advocacy group in Halifax, thinks this is an opportunity to bring parts of the river back above ground. Having the river “daylighted” would allow for the passage of fish, in addition to beautifying the downtown. The campaign is challenging, because, while the pipe itself is the responsibility of the water company, the land above it is under the municipality’s jurisdiction, so an agreement would have to be made between the two parties. A town hall meeting was held on January 20, 2015 and over 200 residents attended. Evidently this idea has a lot of community support, but will they be able to find the funds they need? Read more about the Sawmill River daylighting project here.
Andrew Emond, a collaborator on Lost Rivers, is a Canadian photographer and creator of the website undermontreal.com. Under Montreal is a collection of photographs, interactive maps and articles documenting Montreal’s vast sewer system, invisible to the naked eye. If you didn’t get enough Lost Rivers after seeing the film, make sure to check out his page for stunning images of the underground streams as well as a map that lets you locate them in present-day Montreal. Happy virtual spelunking!
Lost River Walks is an organization that leads tours of Toronto’s underground PATH walkway as well as other areas where streams and rivers have been replaced by built structures. In addition to providing information about upcoming tours, the website acts as an archive with maps and histories of forgotten streams all over the city. If you want to know more about Toronto’s natural heritage, why not check out their website and do a virtual tour? Better yet, the next walking tour takes place this Sunday, February 15. Check the website for more information!
Take a look at some of the lost rivers and streams in Sheffield, Yorkshire. The river Sheaf shaped the border of the town, which was formed in the 12th century. Nowadays, most of the river is hidden below the town in an underground tunnel, and only shows itself in a few areas.
The most amazing news from the Czech Republic! A new Czech opera Ponava (The Lost Rivers) will be premiered in the Divadlo REDUTA Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic, on Monday, 2 December 2013 at 7pm. Music by Ondřej Kyas, libretto by Pavel Drábek. Directed by Tomáš Studený, scenography by Sylva Marková, conducted by Gabriela Tardonová. Performed by the Ensemble Opera Diversa (CZ).
“This work is dedicated to the city and its rivers – namely the streams underneath the ground, on which houses, parks and the unknowing streets run. The city’s life is inscribed in the stories of these rivers – the suppressed, the buried and the silenced – which awake from time to time and burst above ground.”
LOST RIVERS is mentioned in the article “ Reclaiming Rivers: The Latest Trend in Urban Design” by Katherine Allen and published on the website ArchDaily. The article is mostly about the river reclamation projects around the world and how it influences the urban space. The documentary LOST RIVERS brings the topic back onto the world stage.
Read the article here!
There are more than 20 “lost rivers” in London that have been buried under streets and houses. A lot of the construction projects in London are planned to be at the waterfront of the former “lost rivers” because the appetite to live close to the waterfront increased in the last years. Mayor Boris Johnson’s London Rivers Action Plan aims to reinstate sub-terranean streams and waterways and create new parks and recreational places.
The Catbird Productions web store is now launched. Pre-order the LOST RIVERS DVD today and we will ship it in the third week of November.
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We are thrilled we will finally have our Korean premiere in Seoul on Friday, November 1st at the Seoul International Architecture Film Festival. After this, we will have premiered the film in every country/city we filmed.