Solving Complex Urban Design Problems

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development:

Abstract: 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: Building design | Highway and road design | Streets | Municipal water | Project management | Professional societies | Financing |

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