Welcome to Hidden Hydrology, a resource for exploring lost rivers, buried creeks and disappeared streams in urban areas – and reconnecting historic ecology to the modern metropolis. This is the work of Seattle-based landscape architect and urbanist Jason King, author of Landscape+Urbanism.
WHAT IS HIDDEN HYDROLOGY?
At the basic level, hidden hydrology is the buried, piped and disappeared waterways that flow under our urban areas. Development has driven underground these surface streams that used to weave through our cities – and with them we’ve lost the connection to natural systems, and robust ecological habitat that urban waterways can provide. Beyond just focusing on pure daylighting and restoration, the exploration, mapping, and study of hidden hydrology offers new ways to conceptualize a range of interventions that reconnect us to our history and offer glimpses of solutions for the future. It’s a broader concept of ‘restoration’ that looks through lenses of art, landscape architecture, urban ecology, and planning to define ways to celebrate, connect and regenerate our places.