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Perfecting the River: Dams, Dreams and Organic Machines

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  • UserProfessor Bill Adams, University of Cambridge
  • ClockTuesday 16 November 2021, 15:00-16:00
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Professor Adams will be exploring the idea of the perfect river as a vision which drives planners, engineers and decision-makers. Yet real rivers often turn out to be far from perfect, and attempting to perfect them leads to all the negative impacts on environments and riverine people that the opponents of dams deplore. So how should we think about the relation between perfection and complexity in the organic machine of the river? How should we approach attempts to alter the way that machine works?

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