The Role of Canals in Promoting Urban Resilience: A Case Study of Kochi City
Author(s):
Dr.Prabhakaran PM
Keywords:
Kochi, Canals, encroachment, resilience, rejuvenation, backwaters, water transport networks.
Abstract
Water is the most precious and essential commodity because everything originates from the water and everything is sustained by the water. Water being the basic resource for all human activities, the canal system had been structured and sustained by a pre-modern, locally controlled, human ecosystem- watershed model for centuries. The present trend neglects such water edges with space to accommodate the needs of the increasing populace including Kochi. Since canals used to be part of the Koch city structure, there is a possibility to readjust them in order to create new dynamic design models of the urban ecosystem. The paper aims to understand and analyze the present condition of the canals of Kochi which had historical resilience and adaptability of living in the indigenous and traditional process.  The possibilities of reviving water transportation as an urban design particularly the backwater transportation circuit. The methodology comprises understanding the value of canals of Kochi with respect to its historic environmental function and cultural values in order to develop policies and promote urban resilience.
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Unique Paper ID: 153751

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 8

Page(s): 585 - 589
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