Frontiers in Water
What role does a river play in shaping urban justice and resilience? Jenia Mukherjee tackles this provocative question with an equally provocative answer: rivers are critical infrastructures with biophysical and social histories, both of which inform their physical condition and socio-ecological assets. In Blue Infrastructures, Mukherjee masterfully illuminates the intersection of materiality and history in the urban environment, exploring its implications for a just and resilient future city. Tracing the uses and evolution of Kolkata's “blue infrastructures”—rivers, wetlands, seas, etc.—from the colonial period to the present, Mukherjee's analysis addresses a pressing question in this era of the Urbanocene: How can planners and policymakers justly conceptualize and build urban environmental resilience?
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Hellman D and Haeffner M (2020) Book Review: Blue Infrastructures: Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata. Front. Water 2:599603. doi: 10.3389/frwa.2020.599603