Water is by nature formless and passive, and only shows its particular qualities when interacting with its surroundings. These qualities constitute its significance in the context of nature and teach us to handle water correctly.
Water has become a museum exhibit recently. This gives me pause for thought, as generally speaking museums concern themselves with things that are not (any longer) part of people’s everyday experience. And now water in its natural diversity falls into this category, which for me is eloquent evidence of man’s alienation from the elemental basis of his life.
We banish water from our environment and allow it to appear for certain purposes only... >
At times when flooding is on the increase, local authorities think about the omissions of recent years and decades. And they have to do this, as the damage caused by water in recent years have became a regular item in the accounts of local authorities, cantons and states. Unfortunately it is not until it gets difficult to balance the books that ready arguments are available for taking new directions in water management. And here it is important not to be too morose about having to do today what one could have wanted to do yesterday.
The Lower Austrian town of Krems an der Donau demonstrated this in terms of rainwater management. Here the municipal engineers drew up estimates for draining a proposed 33 hectare industrial estate with a conventional sewerage system... >