Working waterfronts are constantly in flux; crusty, utilitarian, muscular and dissolving, with temporal qualities that engage all of our senses. Yet contemporary waterfront redevelopments are often characterised by the removal of the very qualities that attract us to these places. At Auckland’s Wynyard Point redevelopment these conventions are challenged in a development that anticipates transforming a forlorn industrial and maritime precinct into a layered, mixed-use precinct.
Newport Green, a park comprising a 4.25-acre waterfront site at the north end of Newport, New Jersey, is now open to the public. Located in a large, mixed use community across from lower Manhattan, the park provides comprehensive amenities requested by local residents not available in other area spaces. The first phase of the park, comprising an all-weather play field, playground, display and native gardens.
Jan Gehl, architect and urban designer that has helped cities around the world focus on improving the quality of life. In this short 3 and half minute crane.tv video ) Gehl gives some insight into cities such as Copenhagen and urban design. “….its like a revelation, oh we forgot the people…”
Recently, the NSW government announced that Sydney’s monorail infrastructure will be demolished only 24 years after it went into service. David Vago, Principal of habitation believes that this is a missed opportunity to retrofit the Monorail structure for a pedestrian focused open space similar to the High-Line in New York.
The urban structure – to release the Square – is in remembrance to the former church Garnisonskirche. The open space is divided into three different areas. In the extension of the Spandauer Straße a generous urban square forms the central element of the development and defines a representive entrance for the adjacent residents.