Toward resilient public places on the waterfornt

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Anna Sessarego


The contemporary city waterfront areas could gather a strategic and multifunctional role, as a public place to the people wellness, as well as a resilient management of floods caused by climate changes. The international scenario presents many re-appropriation processes of urban waterfront that have been realized by reconversion of decommissioned port areas: the New York waterfront plan has a great relevance, such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, which represents a paradigm of the new concept of urban public place.

The design of the park aims to face the urban situations in order to mitigate their conflicts as well to find a sustainable aesthetic where the process of re-appropriation and awareness of the relationship with water is intended as an element to carry again nature in the city. The park should be much more performing compared to those of the past, not anymore an aesthetical improvement or an escape from the context but an escape into the city, including in it the urban fragments whose surrounds it.


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SessaregoA. (2017). Toward resilient public places on the waterfornt. UPLanD - Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(3), 219-230.


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