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WATERFRONT DESIGN: PRINCIPLES FOR URBAN EDGES
In New York City, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) has just released the Guiding Principles for Waterfront Edge Design. The seven Guiding Principles define a set of core values for best practices on the waterfront edge, and are the first step in MWA’s transformational Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program. WEDG Guiding Principles are:
- Enhance Ecology
- Encourage Maritime Use
- Use a Science-Based, Evaluative Process for Restoration
- Commit to Equity and Community Input
- Promote Resiliency
- Enhance Public Access, Especially for Boats
- Encourage Cost Effective Solutions
With many post-Superstorm Sandy recovery and resiliency efforts now underway, including initiatives from NY Rising, the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (SIRR), Rebuild by Design, important land use and environmental decisions are currently being made. The Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines — heralded by today’s Principles and expected to be released in full in September 2014 — are intended as a tool in planning and design. The MWA principles stress that a well-designed waterfront features public access, along with the incorporation of resilience and ecological features in design.
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The number of people a 3.5 meter wide lane can convey in an hour, by transport mode.
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Credit: a working paper by the bureau’s Megan Benetsky