Solving Complex Urban Design Problems

by Stanton Eckstut, Eckstut Associates, New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development


Waterfront redevelopment projects under construction today should be a designer's dream. They offer an opportunity to apply a unified, large-scale vision to unusually large tracts of land. These same qualities can turn a project into a developer's nightmare. Large tracts carry large financing, and seem to take forever to build. Thus a prudent risk becomes a gamble - economically, socially, and aesthetically. Mishandled, the prominent location could be viewed by the public as a no-man's land far from the center of activity. From our experience and from our observation of waterfront plans nationwide, we've come to the conclusion that the most successful and appropriate projects today, whatever their size, follow modest guidelines: think smaller; learn from what exists; integrate; and design streets, not buildings.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Construction management | Municipal water | Project management | Professional societies | Financing | Risk management | Economic factors

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