Planning and Designing the Land and Water Human Environments in Marinas

by John C. Corrough, Corrough Consulting Group, Palos Verdes Peninsula, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91


Historically, the planning and design of marinas placed the greatest emphasis on solutions which served the inanimate objects comprising marinas-boats, docks, buildings, automobiles and equipment. These earlier approaches evolved highly 'boat-efficient' marina facilities which only incidentially and infrequently provided basic services and facilities for the 'convenience' needs of the human users. Recent trends in marina planning and design have reflected a more balanced approach, in which the requirements of both boats and humans are considered, resulting in marinas which provide facilities and experiences for a broader range of users, yielding wider economic potential and achieving more environmental and social objectives. Combining marina user group experience, marina operator experience, and the experience of marina-familiar site planners, site civil engineers, landscape designers, lighting engineers, graphic designers, specialized architects, and environmental mitigation planners in a unified team approach is resulting in more 'user friendly' marinas in both new construction and older marina refurbishment.

Subject Headings: Building design | Sustainable development | Construction sites | Land use | Water management | Human factors | Ports and harbors | Automobiles

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