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Paris, its rivers and its waters, XVIIIth-XXIst centuries
Vortrag: Prof. Sabine Barles
Institut Français d'Urbanisme (French Institute of Urban Planning), Université de Marne-la-Vallée, France
The links between Paris and the Seine are as old as the city itself, whose history can hardly be imagined without that of its river. The Seine and its tributaries assured Paris's supply of commodities of (nearly) every kind and provided the energy essential to the preparation of flour and therefore of Parisians' bread, and to the crafts. Their metabolic role is therefore very old, and they channeled many flows of matter and energy toward the capital. On one hand, this role was mechanical: transport and energy production were driven by float, slope and flow. Paris's role as a capital city also led early on to the urbanization of the hydrographic system, in the sense that the rivers, even far from Paris, were organized according to Parisian requirements and controlled by Parisian public officials. The lecture will paint the history of these socio-natural interactions.
Prof. Sabine Barles
Professeur des Universités, Institut Français d'Urbanisme (Université de Marne-la-Vallée); membre de l'Institut Universitaire, du Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires & Sociétés (LATTS, UMR CNRS 8134) et du Programme interdisciplinaire de recherche sur le bassin de la Seine (PIREN-Seine); directrice du programme interdisciplinaire de recherche "Ville & environnement" (PIRVE). Thèmes de recherche : histoire des techniques urbaines, histoire de l'environnement urbain, écologie territoriale, écologie industrielle.