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Interrelationship of City and Waterfront: Assets for Establishing Sustainable Cities


Prof. Bhavna Vimawala , Faculty of Architecture,SCET,Surat


Green cities, waterfront


The Green cities or Smart cities mission intends to promote adoption of solution of efficient use of available assets to enable to give quality of life and sustainable environment. There are innumerable assets and aspects that go in to making of these smart cities. As one of the most essential assets of cities is proximity to their waterfront that manifests distinct relationship between people and natural environment. Cities envision their waterfronts as dynamic destinations for people. The structure of cities is linked to the water bodies that contribute to their beginning and their subsequent development. The relationship between waterfront and city is always changing depending on the functions carried out on adjoining land. The concern here is, structure of the city does not respond to their waterfront in recent development. Thus focus of this study is to understand the waterfront and its relationship to the city in the present Indian context, considering the different stages of the evolution period. The study identifies the factors that establish the relationship and determine how these factors affect the relation. These are; nature of waterfront includes edge condition, water quality and impact of floods. Another aspect is land use components comprising of the functional use and the activity pattern. Further are physical accessibility, visual and interpretive accessibility; the built form along the waterfront and response of people. This study determines the reasons that affect in establishing the interrelation are; limitation in implementation of policies; lack of initial decision in planning and uncontrolled development; unhygienic condition of the water bodies due to pollution and frequent flooding. This study brings forth alarming situations and provides recommendations to the critical issues to be taken care of; to create inseparable relationship between city and waterfront. These thoughts can serve as the framework for any waterfront seeking to establish interrelation and it can positively contribute to bridge the gap while considering the holistic approach where the relation between city and waterfront can strongly be improved and re-established to achieve sustainable cities.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV3I120319
Published in: Volume : 3, Issue : 12
Publication Date: 01/03/2016
Page(s): 409-413

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