Braving a New Life in the Old Dockyards – Towards an Integrated Approach

Zajac, Agnieszka (2015) Braving a New Life in the Old Dockyards – Towards an Integrated Approach. REAL CORP 2015. PLAN TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW – OVERALL. From Vision to Reality for Vibrant Cities and Regions. Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 93-100.

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The city of Ghent is a very interesting example of a city with a double relationship with its own water infrastructure. There are three main reasons for this relationship. Firstly, the main historical ground for the existence of Ghent along the water was purely out of living conditions and economic reasons (textile industry, water for drinking and canalization support…). Later, however, the polluted water infrastructure had to be filled up to make place 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 new generator for the city, as a way of making the city "full of pleasure, with open perspectives and open sustainable public spaces" again. Ghent shows how the city can reuse its inner structure and how the water structure can change the future of the city. Sustainable water infrastructure can truly be the basis for city evolution and urban planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: waterfront, masterplan, public-private partnership, urban revitalisation, sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 08:53

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