Ghent – Innovative Strategic Urban Development: New Transitions in the City and along the Old Dockyards

Zając, Agnieszka (2019) Ghent – Innovative Strategic Urban Development: New Transitions in the City and along the Old Dockyards. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 895-900. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract

The city of Ghent is a very interesting example of a city with a double relationship towards its own water infrastructure. There are three main reasons for this relationship. First, the historical reasons for establishing Ghent along the water were based purely on living conditions and economic considerations (textile industry, water for drinking, and canal waterway support…). Later, however, the polluted water infrastructure had to be filled up to make room for another economic reason: free mobility access for cars, extra parking and open space. The third – and fairly recent – reason is that the city council, together with urban planners, discovered the water-backbone again, and gave it a third life as the regenerator of the city, as a way of making the city "full of pleasure, with open perspectives and open sustainable public spaces" again. Ghent shows how a city can reuse its inner structure and how the water structure can change a city’s future. Sustainable water infrastructure can truly be the basis for city evolution and urban planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: waterfront, circulation, spatial planning, docks, temporary use
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 19:54
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 19:54
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/539

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