Authors: Zbgniew Kęsekc and Bernard Twaróg
The article emphasizes and seeks to reflect on the role of water in shaping public space. It highlights the availability of certain water management solutions within the context of the existing potential for land development in areas presently excluded from construction due to having been either allocated to periodical containment of flood waters, or having openly been dedicated to the natural environment. Attention is drawn to the rather unfavourable ratio of the endeavours specifically undertaken with a view to creating effective flood control/flood defences to their anticipated end results. This in turn gives grounds for the belief that the disparity at issue might well be construed as the actual result of an imbalance in which every specific action has its share in the end result, whereby a negative synergy comes into being. It further emphasizes that the ongoing development of complex flood defence infrastructure, quite paradoxically, imposes tangible limitations upon the way any potential flooding could effectively be controlled. Consequently, it encourages the use of solutions specifically aimed at reducing the overall size of the areas most at risk of potential flooding, whilst at the same time attempting to have the flood waters retained as efficiently as possible within the original drainage area. It also indicates that the polarization of various natural disaster phenomena actually makes holistic water management the only viable approach, whilst taking into account all apparent requirements and attendant hazards.
Keywords: component; floodpolis, shaping public space, holistic water management, flood protection, risk