Reconnecting cities with their shores
Urban waterfront sites have traditionally been off-limits to the public on account of their industrial pasts. Over time, however, many of these have become obsolete and even condemned, suffering from pollution, neglect, and decay. As maritime industry relocates and cities evolve, post-industrial urban waterfronts can be reimagined in myriad ways: as resilient community meeting places; as centers for arts, recreation, education and entertainment; and as focal points for civic identity, inspiration, celebration, and public life. As designers and planners, we delight in the unique place-making opportunities and challenges offered by waterfront buildings and sites, as they allow for contemporary design to reinvent urban identities and revitalize entire communities.