Transitions in Urban Waterfronts
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The Transitions in Urban Waterfronts group focuses on the edge between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; as a central and essential element in the development of cities, waterfronts have shouldered ongoing, significant impacts of urbanization, while also providing sites of transformative growth, symbolic inspiration, and reinvention/renewal. The working group highlights issues of site performance and access, within wider social-ecological networks of a metropolitan region, as well as patterns of global trade/migration (how does the waterfront work, and for whom/what).
In 2020 we propose to work from the site performance framework and article produced by the 2019 Sydney team (“Spaces that Work”) to develop case studies that illustrate how urban waterfronts perform on different dimensions of sustainability (social, political, environmental, economic, cultural). The framework and case studies propose ways that urban waterfront transitions can serve their local and regional populations, by reviewing existing literature in the field and identifying best practices for ameliorating the challenges of planning for sustainable urban waterfronts in a global political economy. These case outputs will identify areas of design and policy success across these five dimensions, as well as offering critical evaluation of where and how waterfront redevelopment projects require targeted investment and adjustments for sustainable development.
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
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