Assessing the Social Impact of the Public Realm in Waterfront Regeneration

Samira Awwal, Katharina Borsi

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Waterfront regeneration has become one of the major urban intensification strategies in the latter part of the 20th century. Typically, high-end residential and commercial properties are developed to ensure economic sustainability; complemented by cultural activities and retail, and an element of public space that attracts people to spend time by the water. The research aims to identify the social aspects contributing to the design principles of the good public realm in waterfront regeneration. It critically evaluates the framework through the case study analysis located in South Bank London. The methodology includes observational mapping to identify the specific factors for improved spatial quality supported by chronological architectural history and the regeneration policies. These factors contribute to the literature review with an understanding of the sectional articulation of cultural institutions as a type, morphologically specific anchor contributing to the social value of the urban design of the waterfront. The identification from the paper highlights the policy framework, generates a guideline for waterfront regeneration in developing countries and gives a base for future research opportunity in a populated city, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The result shows an expected social influence in the problem area generated by the indicative implementation of policies in the waterfront.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-36
Number of pages26
JournalProceeding of the International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Architectural and Civil Engineering 2020 - Erbil, Iraq
Duration: 15 Apr 202016 Apr 2020
Conference number: 2

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