Prof. Dimitra Babalis, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Prof. Tim Townshend, Deputy Head of School and Director of Planning and Urban Design, Global Urban Research Unit, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Title: Waterfronts for Human Flourishing
All over the globe in recent decades waterfronts have undergone re-evaluation, regeneration and transformation. These areas have become the symbols of urban resilience – the ability of places to change, to adapt and thrive. They provide places for new ways of living working and recreation. However, this success has often come at the cost of traditional jobs and ways of life. Some areas are exclusive enclaves for a privileged few, others sterile showcases largely devoid of ‘real life’. So how do we ensure waterfronts are places for everyone to flourish? This session will explore waterfront interventions large and small and how we maximise the benefits from these special places.