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A History of Water in 20th-Century Bogota

Water frequently has a profound impact on how a city develops. This peer-reviewed virtual exhibition published by the Environment & Society Portal (featured in the 11-03-2017 Scout Report) explores the role that water played in the struggles experienced by Bogota, Colombia's capital, on its path to becoming a modern city. This exhibition features visuals such as historical photographs and maps, primary source documents, and interpretive essays that provide context for the reader. Organized into four chapters, The City's Currents "examines every day and gendered experiences of water, such as washing clothes or bathing, as well as urban infrastructural interventions including the domestication of rivers for water supply and wastewater disposal systems." This thoughtfully crafted exhibition is enjoyable for anyone curious about the history of water and urban life. It was researched and written by Stefania Gallini, Laura Felacio, Angelica Agredo, and Stephanie Garces, all historians from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. For those interested in learning more about this type of history, the further reading section points towards several suggestions the authors found particularly influential. The Environment & Society Portal is a project of the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-03-22
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