Water in the Landscape of a Town using the example of Gdansk and the Gdansk Conurbation
By Hanna Sienkowska
Hydrological Processes and Water Management in Urban Areas: Proceedings of the Duisberg Symposium, April 1988 (1989)
Abstract: The landscape of a town is the result of its location and its historical development. Water, together with buildings and vegetation, formed the characteristic image of towns located on river banks or on the sea coast, but the role of water changed throughout the ages. Gdansk was founded at the confluence of the Motlawa and the Vistula and these rivers played an important role in the landscape of the town until the 19th century when it approached the seacoast. In the last three decades, Gdansk together with neighbouring Sopot and Gdynia formed a conurbation. The bigger the town, the more difficult a visual contact with water, but it still exists in the physiognomy of the town and is an element of unquestionable value.