Landscape Gardening: Beauty and Technology



This approach to nature, however, does not always lead to a beautiful result. Here the Vienna River, which runs along the side of the garden on its way to the Danube River, shows a less pleasant result of such improvement.

The river was straightened for the convenience of those living in the city and walls were built to prevent the river from flooding. Because the river did not need all of its diminished flood plain, half of it was used in the building of the first mass transportation system in the city.

The low crossover bridges were put in the river bottom to slow the water, which when it rains, would otherwise move with great force. They are a technological solution to the problem created by the removal of the bends in the river and the narrowing of the channel.

Photograph of the Vienna River in Vienna, Austria