It's a Pale Shadow of a Real, Functioning River
If the River Returns Project were a new design, its greatest weakness-the artificiality of the water system - would be clear. Some critics would decry the ersatz river as a pale shadow of a real, functioning riverine system, while others would complain that the mechanized nature of the park should be revealed, rather than hidden under a thin veneer of "ecological design." As new design, the project would, critically, be dead in the water.
This article is from Landscape Architecture, February 2004, 94(2); 115. Posted with permission.