1st Edition

Urban Waterfront Promenades

By Elizabeth Macdonald Copyright 2018
    308 Pages 407 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 407 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Some cities have long-treasured waterfront promenades, many cities have recently built ones, and others have plans to create them as opportunities arise. Beyond connecting people with urban water bodies, waterfront promenades offer many social and ecological benefits. They are places for social gathering, for physical activity, for relief from the stresses of urban life, and where the unique transition from water to land eco-systems can be nurtured and celebrated. The best are inclusive places, welcoming and accessible to diverse users. This book explores urban waterfront promenades worldwide. It presents 38 promenade case studies—as varied as Vancouver’s extensive network that has been built over the last century, the classic promenades in Rio de Janeiro, the promenades in Stockholm’s recently built Hammarby Sjöstad eco-district, and the Ma On Shan promenade in the Hong Kong New Territories—analyzing their physical form, social use, the circumstances under which they were built, the public policies that brought them into being, and the threats from sea level rise and the responses that have been made.

    Based on wide research, Urban Waterfront Promenades examines the possibilities for these public spaces and offers design and planning approaches useful for professionals, community decision-makers, and scholars. Extensive plans, cross sections, and photographs permit visual comparison.



    Part 1 An Assembly of Waterfront Promenades

    Chapter 1 Vancouver’s Waterfront Promenade Network

    Chapter 2 Classic Grand Promenades

    Chapter 3 Beachfront Boardwalks and Promenades

    Chapter 4 Riverfront Promenade Loops

    Chapter 5 Park Promenades Along Former Industrial Waterfronts

    Chapter 6 Promenades in the Shadow of Freeways

    Chapter 7 Spectacle Promenades

    Chapter 8 Eco-District Promenades

    Chapter 9 Suburban New Town Promenades

    Chapter 10 Promontory Promenades

    Chapter 11 Classic Bridge Promenades

    Chapter 12 Incrementally Built Central Area Promenades

    Part 2 Patterns of Connectivity and Access

    Part 3 Designing Waterfront Promenades

    Chapter 13 Designing for People and Place

    Chapter 14 Meeting the Challenge of Rising Water

    Chapter 15 Reflections

    Appendix: People Volumes on Selected Promenades



    Elizabeth Macdonald, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Urban Design in the Departments of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author of Pleasure Drives and Promenades: A History of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Brooklyn Parkways (2012), co-author of The Boulevard Book: History, Evolution, Design of Multiway Boulevards (2002), and co-editor of The Urban Design Reader (2013).